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Need a bit of advice.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by ACtrubeats, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. ACtrubeats


    Jan 29, 2013
    Ok weird request but here's what I got. I'm a young guy living in LA, going to college and looking to start gigging. When my taxes come in I'll have enough to buy either a car or an amp setup, but not both. The only people I've asked for advice told me it's better to get a car than get a rig, which makes sense since I can't drive an amp to a gig, but I'd need something to play out of. I know some places have amps already there but I'm still unsure of what to do. What do you guys think would be the best choice? All input and advice is appreciated and welcome, thanks!
  2. Hmm.. It really depends on how bad you need a car. You want to start gigging, but are you in a band or have the means to start gigging? Obviously most of us will tell you that a car is more important than a rig. How do you practice now? Can't you find a used car for cheap and still invest in an amp/cab? You can get a cheap used rig here on talkbass for gigging purposes. I can't answer your question.
  3. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    An amp isn't much good if you can't get it to the gig.
  4. ACtrubeats


    Jan 29, 2013
    I'm not working with anyone right now but am working on putting my name out at school and locally to get a rep. I'm practicing out of a combo amp at home but I spend most of my time at school playing amps there. I thought about that, and I could hold off playing live for a while til I have enough money fot both. Is there a forum for classifieds? Sweet thanks, I'll check that out!
  5. sketch


    Oct 16, 2013
    Tacoma, WA, USA
    Car & Sansamp.
  6. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Queens, NY
    Having lived in L.A., I know that you need a car. Public transportation is NOT that good, for anything. And, you can't easily carry your amp around on public trans.

    Get a car, see if you can find a good deal that will leave you a little money left over. But, don't buy a lemon. Spend what you can to get a GOOD running vehicle. At bad running vehicle will, in the end, cost you 10x as much.

    Then, you can buy an amp. And you'll find lots of good deals on amps in L.A. :)
  7. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    and get a decent pedal, such as the sansamp or tonehammer.
    I lived ampless with a band for a couple of years. All i had was a small practice combo. There was a bass amp i could use in rehearsal and on most stages as well, a couple of times i went straight into the DI and had the FOH guy make sure i'm loud enough on my monitor (which is surprisingly easy when you don't bring an amp).
    On two occasions i had to borrow an amp.
  8. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards

    Not to mention the fact that with a car you also have the freedom and flexibility to go anywhere, anytime you want to.
  9. Midfour


    Aug 26, 2010
    Not so sure that's true in LA.
  10. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    How's it possible to live in L.A. without a car?
  11. 6jase5

    6jase5 Mammogram is down but I'm working manually Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2007
    San Diego/LA
    Live and work within walking distance of a Ralph's, Von's, Jons, Albertsons, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Jimbos, Sprouts or a homeless shelter.
  12. BassChuck


    Nov 15, 2005
    Music is either your life or your hobby. You choose. If it's a hobby, buy the car and sometime in the future do music. If its you life..... why are you asking?
  13. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    I don't think it's possible to live in LA without a car. NYC, sure, but not LA. It's also really hard to do a gig without an amp. I'm not sure you really have many options here.

    EDIT: I suppose it's possible, you'd just have to mooch off of everyone.
  14. Gaolee

    Gaolee Outta my way! I'm caffeinated! Supporting Member

    My son lived in LA for almost five years without a car while he was in college. He's out now and trying to find gigs as a trumpet player. He has a car now, even though a trumpet is a whole lot smaller than a bass guitar and amp. I suggest going for the car unless you are able to walk to school and find gigs around where you are in college. Then go for the amp, as long as you have friends who will help you move it.
  15. ACtrubeats


    Jan 29, 2013
    Thanks for all the advice, guys! I actually ended up getting quite a bit more on my taxes than expected, so I have enough to get me an amp to do the job and almost enough to get a car so I'll just wait it out and get that vehicle soon. Thanks y'all!