for metal players, do you use typically metal basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Arpeggiator, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. i dont, the reason for that is because i dont like tone "metal" basses often kick out i tend to lean towards more jazzy orientated basses because i like the warm sound (next bass will be a streamer jazzman i reckon) what sort of tonal prefrances do you like when your playing metal/rock?
  2. AlphaMale


    Oct 30, 2006
    Ventura County
    I play an Ibanez SRX

    I know kind of what oyu mean by a metal bass.
    I like hearing everyone play it besides me.
    I picked it mostly because of its feel and versatility.
  3. Gramtron


    Mar 11, 2007
    I prefer a. Kind of jaco bridge pickup only fretless tone
  4. read my mind :D fretless in metal is the way to go
  5. Reverend179

    Reverend179 Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    I use an L-2000. Whether or not it's really a metal bass is up for grabs but it definitely does the aggressive rock thing to a tee.
  6. Geezerman


    Nov 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    An ibanez atk...a SX precision and previous a bong HH so No :p
  7. IngerAlb


    May 11, 2007
    I currently own Ibanez EDB basses (and a Cort Artisan C); I played on a Fender Jazz for years and also owned a couple of other brands/basses (Spector Legend, ESP B50, Cort Action, some more Ibanez: SR500, BTB205, GSR205, and so on). All of these were (more or less) ok for metal, so I'd say the only thing that matters is the way you want to sound, because almost any bass can be tweaked to blend pretty well in a metal band. The "metal sound" you were speaking about I think has more to do with the player's idea of a good tone, rather than a specific bass/brand sound and in most cases what you hear is not a clean raw tone anyway.
  8. Ampeg SVT

    Ampeg SVT Son, I am disappoint.

    Sep 9, 2006
    I use a Warwick Corvette, i used to have a Thumb NT which was awesome

    Im probably goin to get something better.
  9. bazmeister


    Oct 5, 2007
    i just play what i can afford which is only around the $900AU area.

    pretty hard to find a good bass that cheap but i found one, i think you just have to get a bass that has ALOT of tonal variety cause most people change their tone alot. good to have something fresh i think
  10. andinapalm


    Nov 14, 2006
    I use PJ-Tokai 'cause of the punch. Most "metal"-basses tend to have neckthru-construction and EMG-actives or such. They sound great and thunderous on their own but won't pop out in the mix the way I'll want them to. Nowadays bass in metal music is unfortunately only frequencies not clear notes :(
  11. fullrangebass


    May 7, 2005
    I base my choice on the drummer's approach and gear. Never had a miss so far (mids are the trick of the trade; don't forget that guitars and keyboards occupy part of the mids as well)
  12. metal basses are so...

    how do you say it?...

    OH YEAH....i remember now....


    daisy rock death metal forever!

  13. nickbear


    Jun 12, 2007
    surrey, uk
    i love the sound of my ric or stingray for metal. the sort of metal i play though is very bass driven though... i dont think my tone would sit in too well with 2 guitarists with walls of distortion.
  14. BillMason


    Mar 6, 2007
    What's a metal bass??? I've been listening to metal since 1980 and have never heard of a metal bass before. :confused:
  15. I use a Marcus Miller Jazz Bass and a Fender Jaguar...thats as metal as it gets.

    One day I shall get a black 5 string thunderbird and do a bass solo with my ding-a-ling...thats brutal...
  16. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    perfect metal basses ....


  17. Willem


    Dec 26, 2005
    I use an LTD, that's a metalbas I suppose...

    The EMG's are going!
  18. I play a Squier P, and pretty soon a Thunderbird.
  19. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    My Sadowsky is what I play when I play metal tunes these days.

    My Bongo 5 HH was the best matal bass I recall using.

    As a kid I only played Fender Precisions and Gibson G3s and they seemed to work too.
  20. I've always used wood basses.