How's my Bass Setup?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Frostolicous, Dec 27, 2014.

  1. Frostolicous


    Dec 27, 2014
    New to this, and since I'm always getting answers from this place and you all seem to have good, educated opinions, figured this would be a nice place to ask this question.

    So I have an Ibanez Sound Gear SR590 Bass, 4-strings and both a single coil and split coil pick ups. The amp I am using is a Hartke A35. How do you all feel about this combo. Any suggestion or tips, and even your personal opinion. Any of this will be gladly excepted.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. You sir, are asking a HIGHLY SUBJECTIVE question. Many on here can give you suggestions but it's really up to you on how you feel about your own rig. If it does what you want and sounds how you want, then its good. If you're unhappy, then you must do some soul searching to figure out what it is that you're unhappy about and THEN ask the questions on how to fix said problem. :thumbsup: Just MHO.
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  3. AciDBatH666


    Feb 13, 2008
    Lafayette, LA
    That's like saying "I drive a Mustang, what do you guys think of that?"
    Does it do what you want? Do you want more power for straight line racing? Do you want it to handle better? Do you need to haul things with it?

    Are you happy with the sound? Is there a tone you're going after but can't get it? This is a big can of worms. A vague ass can of worms.
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  4. BazzTard

    BazzTard Inactive

    No I am not happy with your setup,sell it immediately!

    there, you asked hehe.

    Now, are YOU happy with it? Is the guitar comfortable for you to play? Does it sound like you want it to? Is the amp loud enough? Is it too heavy to carry? etc etc

    Tell us what you like about the bass and amp. And anything you would like to change. Then we'd have something to go on.
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  5. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    I feel there is no reason to ask about your gear here to do what see If it's justified? It's a very subjective subject and you will get allot of varied opinions here.

    Bottom line if your gear works for you and the music you play its good. Now if you have a equipment issue or question setup, pups ,amps etc you came to the right place.

    Enjoy what you have and play on.
  6. Frostolicous


    Dec 27, 2014
    Wow, thanks. This is probably one of the best ways I've ever been answered in in thread like this.

    I guess when I said about people being nice and well rounded here it wasn't a lie.
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  7. As others have said, it's entirely subjective - Is your amp okay for small gatherings or theatres? Obviously in a noisier band situation you're going to need more firepower.

    The Ibanez bass looks quite nice - Balanced sound from the P&J's, active preamp, usual Ibanez lightness and playability.

    So what would you like to change? And what kind of playing do you do?
  8. Frostolicous


    Dec 27, 2014
    The amp is great, espacially for my situation. And the bass really does fit me well. I just wanted to know if I should look out for anything of a quality concern.

    P.S. I know it might sound tacky, but a bass with a midnight purple body and a nice smokey wood finish on the neck would probably make me cry
  9. Midnight purple and a smoked wood finish does sound interesting :)

    But in answer to your question, everything you've bought is of good quality and I'm sure will last you a long time, or at least until you decide to upgrade.
  10. friendlybass


    Jul 19, 2012
    Sounds good to me! Purple bass sounds shmexy
  11. raventepes


    Jan 7, 2012
    Reno, NV
    Sounds good to me, too! Ibanez and Hartke are a great combo, if that's your sound. Both companies know how to make a quality product at any price point.

    All I'll say is that the A35 won't get you too far in a band situation, unless you're really low volume jazz setting or what not, so if you ever find yourself in a band, that'll be what you want to upgrade. But just practicing by yourself? Should be plenty fine.
  12. groovatron


    Mar 11, 2010
    My suggestion/tip would be to spaz out and play as often as possible. Don't get hung up on what the neighbors do or what the internet commandos are preaching:) Learn techniques and practices from your favorite players, but most importantly, let your own natural abilities and tendencies shine. The more you play and find your sound, the more you will be able to specifically pinpoint the gear to go after. Like most of us, that is a lifelong journey that will never end. The gear side of playing bass is an endless quest, but it's only one part of the recipe.

    Most of all, have fun! Play with others as often as possible and don't be afraid to think outside the norm.
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  13. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Only if it quits working. Otherwise, have fun.
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  14. osonu

    osonu Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2013
    Las Vegas
    Not really familiar with the 590, but I started on, and still have, an SR500 and the same Hartke combo, and I'm pretty happy with it over a year later. In fact, I just keep getting happier with the Ibanez- skinny, flat, easy to play neck, nice and light, and no neck dive- what's not to like? When my teacher suggested adding a 5 string, I ended up with an SR605, which I'm also happy with.

    The Hartke goes more than loud enough to rattle everything in my practice/office/storage room, and with the aux in lets me plug in my bass trainer and headphones, so no complaints there either. Have fun!
  15. davy4575


    Nov 4, 2009
    Denver, CO
    Have fun, take care of the amp and the bass, use good cables and a lot of common sense, like dont loan your gear out, secure it well when moving it. Play with a ton of people in tons of different types of projects and enjoy. You will know it when its time for a change of gear, it will start out as a little nagging feeling in the back of your consciousness. When its time to change gear, youll be able to sell yours with pride of ownership if you have taken good care of it.
  16. AdamR

    AdamR Inactive

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    You need a spector a SVT II and a pair of 810s fast.
  17. Frostolicous


    Dec 27, 2014
    That is one thing I really do enjoy about the Ibanez is the nice slender body. I was playing a Squire but it was a little bit thick, so I really agree with you there.
  18. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    Two important questions...

    Does it have a tort pickguard?

    Does it have flats?

    If the answer to either of these questions is no, then you must upgrade immediately!

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  19. osonu

    osonu Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2013
    Las Vegas
    My Fender P has both- love love love the sound, hate hate hate what the weight and the neck dive do to my shoulder! Also, that neck is much harder (for me) to play than my Ibanez. With all that said, I still play it quite a bit.