Drummer to bassist

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BrunoNP, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. BrunoNP


    Dec 16, 2012
    I’m originally a drummer but have decided to buy a bass guitar to get into a more melodic approach of the rhythm section and would let me do vocals. I like rock and metal but enjoy playing bass more in rock\alternative rock\psychedelic rock genres and drums in hard rock\metal\progressive genres. I've already played my bandmates' guitars so I already have the basics and can play some songs.

    I was thinking about getting one of the following bass packages:

    Epiphone Thunderbird IV All Access Bass Pack: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass/...cess-bass-pack

    Ibanez IJSR190-BK Black Jumpstart bass guitar package: http://www.italmelodie.com/?section=item&itemID=7381

    Fender Affinity Precision Bass Pack: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass/...sion-bass-pack

    Fender Affinity Jazz Bass Pack: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass/...jazz-bass-pack

    Epiphone bass viola (would let me play at home or transport it without having to bring my amplifier) + amplifier

    I live in Canada so the epiphone thunderbird bass package, which is the only one that I can’t get here, would cost about 65$ more.

    Which one would you recommend?
  2. cliff em all

    cliff em all

    Jul 6, 2012
    i personally love the epiphone thunderbird iv i has an awesome tone for the money and its good for rock and metal
  3. Luke S Mouse

    Luke S Mouse Guest

    Jun 5, 2009
    Have you tried them out?
    It's really about what feels comfy for you.
  4. I'm another "drummer to bassist".

    I vote "none of the above". Play a bunch of used basses until you find the one that speaks to you. You'll get more bass for the money.
  5. +1 Whenever/wherever possible, always make an effort to try an instrument before buying. Go with the instrument that feels best, at the budget you've set for yourself.
  6. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    I play bass and drums and you need a couple of hints. I know what a drummer means by "melodic" but that isn't what you do on a bass. It's more about harmony not melody. Bass is about driving the harmonic structure of the song. Melody is more for guitars. Which brings up another point. Singing and playing bass for most is MUCH more difficult than singing and playing guitar for some reason. Not sure why. Will take some time.

    As for "which bass" An IBanez, one of the SR series, is a more modern tone, while Fender JAzz or P is more old school. TB advice is you need all three! ;) T-birds have their fans, but neck dive is serious problem many (but not all) have with it. An 'acoustic bass' typically isn't very useful unplugged. I'd consider them secondary choices UNLESS you try them first and are really taken with them.

    As other suggest. TRY the basses yourself and see what feels, sounds, weighs etc. best on YOU. And used can save lots of cash IF you make sure the instrument is not in need of repair first.
  7. januchito


    Aug 15, 2009
    Santiago, Chile
    for you tipe of music... recomended

    Ibanez SR, or BTB series (the BTB400 or up are 35" scale)
    Thunderbird is good! is very rock, and agrsive

    But is you can... try to play some CORT GB34 or GB35, this basses are beri good for price.

    Some S.U.B is good to
  8. Former drummer also. An accident forced a change.

    I would steer clear of package deals like the links you posted. Just my opinion. The amps are generally useless. You'll get better deals and better gear if you piecemeal your setup.

    Play as many basses as you can and get what feels right.
  9. meatwad


    Apr 9, 2008
    Smallville, USA
    All suggestions so far are great ones. But to help you narrow things down, as a bassist to a drummer, most drummers like my Precision the most. A Jazz always resulted in "can you turn up some more?", or "I lost you in the higher notes". My StingRay usually gets the "I can't hear the guitar" reaction, due to it's more aggressive tone, I suppose. Yet I believe that most likely, my own shortcomings caused these problems instead of the nature of said basses.

    But something about a Precision makes most folks happy. Even I couldn't screw one of those up.

    Edit to add -

    I realize my experiences as a bassist may not match up to your personal experience as a drummer, playing with other bassists. You may already have a good insight on what basses you remember that sound good, from doing gigs or whatever. But then you have the whole feel, fit, n' finish aspect of it all to consider. And that is entirely up to you.
  10. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan.

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    +1, a P is considered a "lowest common denominator" but in a good way.
  11. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    What the Immigrant said. My suggestion is a used Squier Classic Vibe (CV) 60's precision. Hang on the 'amps' forum to help figure out what you need and scope the classifieds to see what you can afford - lots of good deals on giggable gear.
  12. CJ_Horror


    Aug 6, 2010
    Started on drums myself, went to bass because there were no bassists in my school but plenty of more experienced drummers. Started with a Squier Affinity P Bass, still have and play it, awesome for the money (about $300). After that I've stuck with Epiphones because they were affordable, great sounding, and I could beat the hell out of them. The Epi T Birds are great, recorded with one and it sounds fat.
  13. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Another "drummer to bassist" here.

    There are so many choices for the new bass player.
    And, it really does depend on what feels and sounds right to you.
    But, out of the ones you listed, I'd absolutely choose the Ibanez.
  14. dalahorse


    Apr 14, 2010
    I'm also a drummer, originally. I went to the local shops, played a bunch of basses, and ended up with a Schecter Custom-4. It played and sounded right to me. I love that bass!

    ACCORDING TO ME, the order of choosing a bass is as follows:

    1: What feels right
    2: What sounds right
    3: Whatever else

    I personally dislike the idea of a starter kit. Choose each piece of your setup individually. Else, you'll just end up dissatisfied will your collection of low end stuff. If the idea of spending too much is a factor, look into used gear.
  15. ztoneill


    Oct 21, 2012
    Another drum-to-bassist here! Really you should go to a music store and try them out for yourself, for both sound and feel. Personally I love the feel of P basses and the sound of it fits the style of music I play. Really it all depends on your personal preferences.

    Hope I helped and good luck!
  16. Of those, the T-bird is the best playing one to my ears & doesn't look as cheap. Also, Long & McQuade & Tom Lee Music can get those in Canada.

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