Buy a new good bass? or spent money for stompboxes?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Illidan23, Jul 23, 2018.

  1. new fender dee dee ramones p bass

    61 vote(s)
  2. some good stompboxes

    28 vote(s)
  1. Illidan23


    Jul 8, 2018
    Hai guys, i just want to ask..

    iam owner of a squier classic vibe 50's precision bass but iam still confused, do i need change my bass with fender dee dee ramones presicion bass or spent my money for some good stompboxes??

    pls answer, beginner here...
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  2. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Welcome to TalkBass. Glad you joined the low end.

    what's wrong with your current bass?
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  3. Illidan23


    Jul 8, 2018
    Hai, ty for your kindness.

    Nothing wrong with my current bass, just want to upgrade my bass.I think it gonna be worth if i spent money for a good bass, specially fender.Honestly i kinda like the sound from my squier and never compare it with dee dee ramone sig bass.But on the other hand, i also need buy some pedals, such as DI ,preamp and compressor pedals.
    If u were me , what choices u gonna take first?
  4. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    How long have you been playing?

    Do you take lessons?

    What rig are you using?

    Have you had your bass setup by a tech?

    What you of strings do you use?

    What type of venues are you playing?
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  5. Illidan23


    Jul 8, 2018
    i have been playing for nearly 9 years
    i use squier classic vibe 50's precision bass and just boss equalizer, but iam gonna sell the pedal
    yeah, i already set up my bass also
    i use flatwound string
    currently i play in indie rock band in my college academy , sometimes i play in orchestra also
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  6. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Have you played rhe DeeDee P bass?

    Dies your band need stomp box effects?

    An alternative is to change the pickups in your bass AND buy stomp boxes.

    Check Bill Lawrence Wilde Pickups. Reasonably priced and well regarded by many TBrs.
  7. Illidan23


    Jul 8, 2018
    no, just watched it on youtube and honestly the sound so good
    not really, but i think i can have a good sound if i buy some preamp, DI, and compressor pedal

    yeah i already check it , but they dont have single coil pick up for bass

    do you think fender dee dee ramones sig bass have a good quality?
  8. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2018
  9. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    If you wanna treat yourself to a new bass, after 9 years, you deserve it :D
    You can grab pedals later as you save money for whatever pedal you need.
  10. jthisdell


    Jun 12, 2014
    Roanoke, VA
    What is you rig. IMHO your cab is just as important or probably more important than your instrument.
  11. bordinco90


    Dec 7, 2011
    SW Louisiana
    I would go with the Dee Dee bass. I would also check out the Roger Waters Signature P Bass. You can always get your pedals later.
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  12. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    IvI' seen plenty of people gigging with Squiers, and people playing in basements with basses worth ten times as much. You need to upgrade your bass if it feels/sounds inadequate AND you've played another bass that solves those deficiencies. I think it's more important to get a serviceable amp.
  13. You would grow to regret purchasing those cheesy boxes. Get the P-bass and play it.
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  14. Sub-hoo-fer


    Nov 27, 2015
    I agree with stumbo, mouthmw, jthisdell, and bulldog. I was on my third bass and second amp before I bought my first pedal. An instrument that feels right in your hands, meets your needs sonically, makes you want to play, and inspires creativity is step one. If you have that in your Squier - awesome. On the other hand, mouthmw is right that you totally deserve an upgrade!

    Beyond that, here is my advice.

    Step 1. There are no rules. It is about you and the music you want to make. Everything that follows is only opinion.

    Step 2 is a good amp that meets the needs of the rooms in which you play. Our instrument needs amplification to be heard more than like 6 inches away so even the best bass in the world needs a decent amp. I would also put good pickups here.

    Step 3 in my mind are tools. Tuners, DI boxes if you record or play venues that require one, a good strap that helps you play for hours, a clean cable, etc. if you slap (probably not on a P with flats), then a compressor is important and I would put it in the tool category.

    Step 4 is enhancing your rig to give yourself more sonic options. You can go two ways here (not mutually exclusive mind you). You have a P bass with flats. Great place to start. Would your music life be enhanced by a Jazz with rounds? A fretless? An active bass? A P with flats Will get you far but a second instrument in your kit might open additional doors for you.

    And of course pedals are the other direction. octaves, filters, modulation, overdrive / distortion / fuzz. This can be very fun. But beware! Once you start down the pedal path you cannot turn back and they multiply like crazy without you even knowing it!

    Best of luck in your quest! This forum is full of awesome advice.
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  15. klejst


    Oct 5, 2010
    Omaha, NE
    I voted bass, however with most of these "what should I do" posts I take the obvious and say whatever you's really only you who can make the end choice based on what you feel you need.
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  16. dnp41


    May 10, 2016
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  17. Yango

    Yango Inactive

    Apr 14, 2008
    Of course you need a new bass. However, you also need a canoe full of high end boutique pedals.

    Fist of all, get youself a very high paying job, such as CEO, or CFO of a fortune 500 company, because you WILL need lots of cash. Once you've secured this position, spend all of your money on gear. You may also need a storage unit, or a large house to hold all your gear.

    Get busy.
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  18. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    I had a CV 50's P. They are really pretty nice, so unless there is something you really don't like about it, keep playing it and get a really nice amp, if you don't have one. A good DI/preamp and a compressor are nice to have, but I'd take of amp needs first.
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  19. stringthrough

    stringthrough Supporting Member

    Get the bass... You need good bones before adding meat to it.
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  20. Oleg BassPlayer

    Oleg BassPlayer

    Feb 4, 2016
    I'd personally go for a new bass.

    However, it depends on what exactly makes you feel unhappy with and what you are trying to achieve.

    If you want to explore new sounds and feel like experimenting, effect pedals may come handy. Thus, I'd stayed away from bass distortion for years until I finally got one, and it allowed me to look at heavy metal from a new viewpoint. At the same time, compressor turned out to be useless (for me personally).

    If it's about the quality of your sound, here I can see three directions for improvement: your technique (especially plucking/picking hand), bass itself and gear. I'm not trying to say your technique is bad, don't take it wrong, but from my own experience I can tell you: my sound improved dramatically after I started taking lessons and realized my right hand had sucked for years. Simple as that. I don't regret any penny I've spent on attending teacher. It really was the biggest and most important upgrade I've ever done. Not a single bass or pedal I have ever bought made more difference.

    Now, the gear (I mean amp/cabs). It's tricky. It has really much to do with your sound and if you have your own rehearsal space or take your own gear to the gigs, then by all means upgrade it if you feel like. If you don't and have to practice at home at 5% volume because of nervous neighbors, see.

    The bass. Squier CVs seem to get a lot of love here. If you are going to make professional recording or play big gigs on cool gear, then you may want a more serious ax, why not. I think getting a cool MIA Fender (or anything you like, not trying to do product placement here) will be a better hardware improvement than some pedal. Maybe better than amp or cab. After all, if you are in a studio, they will be likely to have quality gear. But you'll be using your bass, and the better it is, the better sound you'll get.

    Okay, it's been too verbose. To cut it short, I'd go for either new bass or finding a teacher which has something to teach me to.
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