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Help Needed Please

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Nailbomb, Sep 30, 2001.


  1. Nailbomb

    Nailbomb

    Sep 30, 2001
    Scotland
    I have been playing the bass for almost 2 years now and intend buying a new bass shortly.

    But I have no idea which kind to get. 4 string or 5 string and which make.

    The most I can spend is £400 ($580)

    Ones that I am interested in are, so any info on how good these are would be appreciated.

    Peavey A5 (5str)
    Ibanez EDB600 (4str)
    Ibanez EDB605 (5str)

    Also can anyone tell me if BC Rich basses are any good, especially the Platinu series.

    I am looking for one that would be good for playing heavy rock music, but also good for learning slap bass. My current guitar is just your average copy and is no use for slap bass.

    You have probaby realised I really don't have much of a clue about basses, but I will appreciate any answers.
     
  2. If I were you, I'd save a little more and get a four or five string Ibanez BTB. These things are one of the hidden deals for us Brits. Also, look into the Ibanez ATK, it's a little cheaper than the BTB, but just as good IMO. Even the Yanks can't get them:D.

    http://www.ibanez.co.jp

    That site is the only one with any info on the ATK series. It's a little slow sometimes.

    The EDB series isn't one of my favourites, but a lot of people like theirs. Never played the Peavey.

    Other basses you could try are the Bass Collection brand, never seen these outside of the UK though. They're in your range.

    You could buy an MIM Fender, but they're a little under your range. A few good second hand deals could be had, but I'd save maybe a hundred more and then go shopping, used or new.

    Reviews at http://www.harmony-central.com
     
  3. Nailbomb

    Nailbomb

    Sep 30, 2001
    Scotland
    Thanks for the info.

    Do you know of any good sites that have a good selection of basses in the UK.

    I only know of www.regentguitars.co.uk and www.soundcontrol.co.uk These have the 2 Ibanez and Peavey basses I mentioned earlier.
     
  4. Nailbomb

    Nailbomb

    Sep 30, 2001
    Scotland
    Do you know anything about BC Rich basses. Any good for slappin'?
     
  5. Slapping and BC Rich basses are not meant for each other. They never were, they never will be. BC Rich are really a rock or metal bass, and they often don't do that well. Unless it's a custom BC Rich, it normally isn't very good. I'd steer clear. Almost anything slaps better than them IME. If you really want a bass for metal or rock, look at ESP. These slap pretty well IMO and IME.

    http://www.espguitars.com

    These are a little above your range, but I'd save for em anyway. Necks like Buttah.
     
  6. Nailbomb

    Nailbomb

    Sep 30, 2001
    Scotland
    I went to the ESP site, but I can't find any basses apart from the Tom Araya one. Where am I meant to look?
     
  7. get an ibanez definatly. theyre very versitile and once they get new strings put on them, theyre amazing for slapping. what model you should get im not sure, but only get a five string if ur gonna use the extra string, because as u know, itll slow down ur nack a little and make it a bit harder for u to slap. By the way, where abouts in scotland do u live, because i was told that the only large supplier of ibanez was in aberdeen, but i know thats a bit if a lie because sound control orders them in.
     
  8. Nailbomb

    Nailbomb

    Sep 30, 2001
    Scotland
    I'm in Kilmarnock, but I wil be getting a bass in Glasgow. I think sound control in Glasgow has a few Ibanez guitars. I think this other shop on Argyle street may have them too.
     
  9. Some other UK websites...
    www.musicground.com
    www.gak.co.uk
    www.worldofmusicshops.com
    www.coda-music.com

    I'd say get out there and try as many as you can and see what feels good, and then plug it in and see how it sounds. You don't have to be able to play anything fancy to check it out. ( I must admit I hate trying stuff out loud in shops!)

    Second hand is definitely a good way to get more for your money. Also, if it's already been dinged you don't have to worry about that first dent! I have yet to buy new.

    The Bass Centre is almost heaven!

    Good luck!
    :)
     
  10. mgood

    mgood

    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    A good friend of mine has an Ibenez ATK, and that's the only Ibenez I've tried that I liked. Peavey... I started on Peavey gear and hated it, so that sort of soured me on their stuff, but once in a while I run across a peavey bass that really stands out.
     
  11. Nailbomb

    Nailbomb

    Sep 30, 2001
    Scotland
    What Peavey bass did you have?