Cheap bass Good amp vs Good bass Cheap amp

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by professor, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. If you have a cheap bass and a small combo amp which do you think would be best to replace first. I can have 1 or the other soon but would have to wait till next year to get to other. I just practice an hour or 2 a day just for fun but have no illusions of ever playing in a band setting. I just do it for fun. I own my own home and could crank it up if i did not sound like crap:meh: I think playing a good bass with no talent will sound like crap but with a good amp at least I could have good tone...:D
  2. KPAX

    KPAX Inactive

    Mar 22, 2005
    Good bass first.

  3. geeza


    Mar 15, 2009
    Earth, but just barely.
    I'm not wearing pants
    ^ what he said. A good bass will allow your playing to progress further, quicker. A good amp will just let you be louder. Tone comes from your hands.
  4. David1234


    Jun 1, 2004
    Sydney, Australia
    Endorsing Artist: SWR Amplifiers
    Good bass first. Then good amp. Then food.
  5. One more vote for a good instrument first.
  6. Bass.
  7. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I have to be the lone dissenter. Basses come and go, but a good quality amp will last you darn near forever.

    I'd buy the best amp you can afford now and begin the endless trading up process with your bass as soon as you feel you can.
  8. stylonpilson


    Jun 30, 2008
    Reading, UK
    If you only ever play at home, then upgrade the bass first. If you're ever going to be playing with a band, or doing gigs, then upgrade the amp first.

  9. +1
  10. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    A good amp will make a cheaper bass sound decent.

    A cheap amp will make a good bass sound like complete crap.

    Make your own decision from there.

  11. thejrace


    Oct 3, 2008
    I gotta go with good amp. I did the good bass route and you know what, it sounded pretty bad bc of the amp.
  12. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV
    Go with whichever is more interesting to you. You can work to upgrade the other next.

    How much of an upgrade are you looking at also? Are you moving to gear that you can try-out before hand, gear you have read good things about or custom shop gear?

    On a personal side note, I'm very wary of buying basses I can't play first. I got lucky on my last purchase and I think now I know at least three brands that I would feel confident buying without playing first. This may be something you'll want to keep in mind.

    I think you can find some strong basses around $500 and less used. This helps a lot because you won't freak out if you put any scratches on it. Depending on how you are with your gear, that may not even be a factor, though. I gig 6-10 times a month, so I expect plenty of wear. This is why my main rig cost about 7x what my main bass cost.
  13. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Good amp. Even cheap ($200) basses today can easily be made playable and will crank out good sound.

    You can get FAR with an inexpensive bass like an SX or Rogue, but it's just like buying a stereo:

    A $10,000 stereo played through $50 speakers sounds like a $50 stereo.

    A $200 stereo played through $2000 speakers sounds like a $2000 stereo.
  14. SX basses are pretty good even for some of the very experienced bassists here. but you need a good amp to be heard well
  15. no1likesme


    Dec 26, 2006
    Shepherd, MI
    AMP, A great bass will never sound good on a bad amp.
  16. Seems fairly evenly spilt. I guess I am kind of leaning towards
    an amp... thanks for all of the replys.
  17. rob2966


    Oct 19, 2006
    Vancouver, BC
    I would also say amp for the reasons above and...

    Once you are more confident in your abilities, you will likely want to play with a band (even if it is just for your own entertainment). Once you add a drum kit, you will NEED the good amp.

  18. Agree with the amp first. I've got some mid-level basses (MIM Fenders, Ibby SR400) that sound pretty good; I'm still GASing for a Dingwall but decided to spend the money on a decent head and cab before the Dingwall. I'm hoping to start playing out by the fall (either with the group I'm practicing with or another) and will need the amp and cab to be heard in a situation where there'll be a guitar and drums...the MIM Fenders (P and J) and the Ibby sound good enough, certainly for the situations I may be playing in...
  19. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Amp first.
  20. ^ this, if you were to upgrade the bass first, you run the risk of being discouraged, because you just spent all of that money, and you still sound like crap. IMO of course.