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Best Bass for HEAVY METAL?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by AcousticBass, Jun 4, 2005.

  1. AcousticBass


    May 28, 2005
    What do you all think the best bass for HEAVY METAL would be, cuz that might be my next bass. Like i mean good for tapping/distortion, slap, stuff like that, i heard rickenbackers are really good for metal.
  2. Cerb


    Sep 27, 2004
    Wow, I'm sure we've not seen one of these threads before...
    BurnOut, Lammchop93, rtav and 5 others like this.
  3. Basshole

    Basshole Inactive

    Jan 28, 2005
  4. Coward Of Reali

    Coward Of Reali

    Oct 13, 2003
    I'm sure everyone will tell you to just buy a Fender. Dont listen to them theres more than just Fender out there.

    I'd reccomend a Thunderbird, Gibson or otherwise. I have an Epiphone version and I love it
  5. Anything that makes noice when u plug it in
    SanDiegoHarry likes this.
  6. karrot-x

    karrot-x Inactive

    Feb 21, 2004
    Omicron Persei 8
    Ya, but make sure it makes noise too :).
    LuisCage likes this.


    Nov 24, 2001
    New York,NY
    ...slapping does NOT = "HEAVY METAL"....go buy a Rogue at GC or something...

  8. paz

    paz Inactive

    Jun 26, 2001
    Seaton, Devon, England
    esp or bc rich are the best for metal imo, but why would u want to play slap in heavy metal, ive never heard of that before
  9. sheepdog


    Feb 20, 2003
    Birmingham, AL
    you need to make sure it has lots of pointy parts sticking out from the bass. nothing says "metal" like a pointy bass.

  10. I don't think there is much required of a bass for metal. As long as you can play all the parts on it, any bass should be fine. The tone never seems all that important in "HEAVY METAL," especially since all the distortion masks the nuances of any particular bass's sound. Rickenbackers look really cool, though! Maybe not pointy enough...

    To all the naysayers: If someone wants to slap, let them.
  11. AcousticBass


    May 28, 2005
    I want the bc rich beast cuz of awseme looks, but eveyone says it sounds crappy maybe thats because bc rich are made for metal and those people dont like the sound of metal or do bc rich's just suck?.....o ya is there a way i could just buy it and fix it up to make it sound better?
  12. Tash


    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    BC Rich makes...inconsistent basses at best. Sometimes they are pretty nice, most of them are garbage. If you find one that you really like, cool, but I wouldn't buy one without playing it and dissecting it in person. I think there are much better basses out there. The LTD series from ESP (I have a F 205, best metal bass ever made as far as I am concerned) and the low end Spectors are some of the best metal basses in the low price range ($500 or so). Warwicks are nice but I find they lack clarity, and in metal you need clarity to cut through all the guitars. You can play metal on any kind of bass though, as long as you are comfortable playing it.

    How much money do you have to spend?
  13. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks I build Grosbeak Guitars and Basses Commercial User

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    Grosbeak Guitars
    Yeah all this slap talk is making me think that you're talking about nu-metal like mudvayne stuff, rather than heavy metal. Slapping doesnt really go with heavy metal, but I would sure like to hear it if you could pull it off.

    Anyway as far as picking a bass, just go find something you like and that works for you, dont go thinking you can only play metal on certain kinds of basses, metal has been played on just about every kind of bass imaginable.
  14. Sound Chaser

    Sound Chaser

    Mar 19, 2005
    Lockport, NY
    For metal, slap, tap, and good distorted tone, I recommend you get either a Warwick Corvette, Spector Rex Brown sig, or Fender Jazz Bass 24. I myself play a Corvette through an Ampeg SVP-BSP and BA-210, and while I've changed my style from metal to prog, my rig is perfect for either.
  15. One word............Fabulous!
  16. Tash


    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    Listen to Prong or Faith No More...neither could remotely be considered "nu metal".

    Slap works quite well in heavy music.
  17. AcousticBass


    May 28, 2005
    i dont plan to get this HEAVY METAL bass soon, but when i do im willing to spend 700-1200, cuz thats when ill have a job o BTW i have a standtard fender jazz MIM, i think its sweet for metal and slapping, o ya BTW i know slap isnt in metal i just want a bass thats good for metal and slapin on the side.
  18. Tash


    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    Assuming you are talking about US $$$ definately look at Spectors, you could probably score a nice Euro for that kind of cash, and they do everything well, especially metal.
  19. Sound Chaser

    Sound Chaser

    Mar 19, 2005
    Lockport, NY
    I HIGHLY recommend the Warwick Corvette

  20. On a more serious note, I agree with Sound Chaser on the Corvette. I played a fellow TBers Corvette today and it was rockin . Great sound, perfect for metal.

    Also I think Spectors are a great choice, they have a special place in my heart.

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