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Metal Style Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FunkyMonk72, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. FunkyMonk72


    Feb 2, 2008
    Whats the best bass for Thrash, Power, and Speed metal playing styles?
  2. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Just about anything fretted. Seriously.

    But, the 800 lb gorilla of metal basses is probably Spector.
  3. I've used a ton of different basses in my old metal band... The Spector and G&L were the best in my opinion.
  4. Skywalker22

    Skywalker22 Guest

    spector is great. The euro lx rules for it.. I just don't like the toneboost. When I was playing metal I wound up switching to passive Jazz basses. It's how you play it.
    "the sound is in your hands"
  5. Human Bass

    Human Bass

    Aug 26, 2005
    I've seen precisions, jazz, sadowskys, zon, stringray being well used on metal. Play a bass you like.
  6. eedre


    Feb 26, 2007
    St. Louis,MO
    Spector and Warwick are your choices

  7. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    i saw a great metal band a few years back and the bass player had a 6 string fretless, somethine boutique, i dont remember what the headstock looked like. or the band name. they were good though.
  8. just remember, Geezer invented Metal on a 68' precision,
    so that ALWAYS will work.
  9. bassblast


    Feb 25, 2008
    I have played Ibanez 5 strings,Fender 5 strings, Pedulla PJ 5 strings and last but not least the BC Rich Beast in my thrash metal and death metal bands. Just crank the amp and get dirty!
  10. treebranch13


    Oct 31, 2007
    i would say ESP or spector
  11. i LOVE spectors tone and feel.. +1 for me.. and i also agree on the precision bass post
  12. Anyone who buys a certain bass for a certain style ONLY, should be punched in the throat
  13. ROON


    Aug 5, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Absolutely anything.
  14. Fong249


    May 25, 2005
    Washington, DC
    wicks, rays, jazz basses, p basses, spectors, ibanez's.... what doesnt work for metal?

    EUB :)
  15. speedkills


    Jan 10, 2008
    Anything pointy.

    And evil.

    Evil is metal.

    And no pastel colors ESPECIALLY Seafoam.
  16. Tired_Thumb

    Tired_Thumb Guest

    If I may ask, why do you hate your Ibanez SRX505 as you say you do in your profile? If anything, that bass is a great bass for metal provided it has a proper setup.
  17. not entirely true, once with my hardcore screamo band i used an EUB, sounded fine :)
  18. Earwigger

    Earwigger I'm a Roland man now.

    Aug 23, 2005
    Cleveland, Ohio
    If you're playing Sabbath yes. Anything more modern and I think you'll find a P-bass lacking. It's a muddy, awkward tone for metal. You need something powerful and defined to get above 2 guitars.

    G&L 2500 or a Warwick. Or Spector. Those are my suggestions.
  19. Sound Chaser

    Sound Chaser

    Mar 19, 2005
    Lockport, NY
    Budget - ESP, Ibanez, Fender
    Pro - Warwick, Spector, G&L, MusicMan
  20. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    10000% disagree.

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