many,many questions

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by frankencow150, Oct 17, 2001.

  1. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    hello all.My brother has a hartke 4 string.i havent been playing bass for long(6 months) and in about a year or less i wanna get a better bass.Right now i have a squier p-bass(hehe).its really bad,i bought it cuz the price and i didnt know sh!t about bass.I've been pondering...should i buy my brother's hartke when he goes to college for $250 or an ibanez eda 5 string for $700?in a year il probably have the 700 bu my parents will probaby say no to buying a bass for 700.What do you all think???

    What are the best bass strings for a 4 string?.I dont care much about price.Ive heard alot about ernie ball and dean markley.See i want a string that feels knda slippery,like i can slide my hands around real good.Thanks yall!

    Whats a good,simple site to learn how to make walking bass lines????
  2. well,in a year there are probably going to be a lot of different basses youll want,so dont worry about what bass you'l be getting a year ahead of is a pretty good site,
  3. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    I've never played the Hartke bass. What I do recommend is that you continue to practice before spending $700 on a bass. Get to know what you like and what feels good or what doesn't. After only 6 months of playing, you may not have a really strong feel for it. That kind of money is hard to come by for most people.

    As far as strings go, everybody has their different tastes in strings. If you want "slippery", there are 2 you can consider: any flatwound string will feel slippery enough to you. Also, there is a string made by Elixir that is coated to seal out impurities and hand oils/dirt. It's a really slippery string.

    If you're in high school, which I'm guessing you are, a good way to learn walking is to join the high school jazz band, if there is one. Or, try your local place of worship. I'd recommend getting involved in as many situations, musically, that is, that you have access to.

    Good luck:D
  4. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    a good site for lessons and such is . there are a lot of good lessons there.
  5. Well if that's the case, you could try some Pyramid Max Performance strings and find out what one of the most expensive, if not THE most expensive, strings sound like.

    Really this is a hard call because you don't have any profile info listed!!! so I can't tell what kind(s) of music you're trying to play. That affects string choice. Unless you're a con on the run, there is actually a reason for profile info.
  6. DarkMazda


    Jun 3, 2000
    give DRs a shot! :D I LOVE DRs
  7. If you want slippery strings, DONT buy dean markley.. those horrible things are like glue to your fingers.

    If you want a new bass, DONT buy a $700 one until you have more experience. First try to define "your style" and buy the bass accordingly.

    My two cents :)
  8. nunk6


    Jul 29, 2000
    yea i would say hang on to the pbass until you really have the need for a more expensive bass, make it pay for itself

    maybe spend a few $$ and replace your bridge and strings?...

    a $700 bass wont make you a better player by any means