Need a Punk Rock bass!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Contractor821, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. Contractor821


    Jul 14, 2013
    Hey everyone! I was curious to hear your opinions on what I should buy for a Punk Rock bass. Now before I get any replies, I already know that a lot of people would say, buy a Fender P Bass or a Jazz bass. I do really like Fender bass, I have played them before but I was looking to try to get something a bit different from a Fender.
    Im willing to spend 300-400 dollars on a new bass.
    Other than Fender, what brands are good for Punk music?
    I know it might be hard to give examples but I am a big fan of Punk Rock/Heavy Metal bass and I currently own a Jackson JS2 Concert bass and a lot of people would say that Jackson instruments are the dominate metal guitars.
    So other than Fender, what are some great Punk basses?

    Thanks everyone!
  2. EXILE03


    Jan 19, 2013
    Vancouver, BC
    MusicMan Stingrays are good for punk, especially older stuff; the S.U.B. series would fit within your budget. Also, the Epiphone Thunderbirds work well for that as well.
  3. Luke S Mouse

    Luke S Mouse Guest

    Jun 5, 2009
    Mike Watt of Minutemen fame uses some modded Gibson EB 3's.
    Kira Roessler used a Ric.
    Actually most punk rock folks used Ric's Paul Simonon and Bruce Foxton to name a few.
    Sorry fella, the "other than Fender," criteria really made it rough for me XD
  4. rapturebass


    Dec 6, 2008
    what kind of punk are we talking? really truthfully a fender is best given that they're used so frequently for punk and can be Eq'd to be really grindy REALLY quick, and they also fit the bill aesthetically.
  5. Luke S Mouse

    Luke S Mouse Guest

    Jun 5, 2009
    Musicman Stingrays how could I forget!
    Joe Lally of Fugazi, Mike Herrera of MxPx (if you dig the Christian punk thing), Flea when he played with Fear I would imagine, if not then his showing of "I love livin' in the city," sounded great.
  6. letsrumble


    May 23, 2010
    What I was going to say.
  7. Anomie


    Jun 28, 2013
    Fallbrook, CA
    [DEL]Second third[/DEL] fouth vote for the Stingray, they're known for having a "growl" that's perfect for any aggressive music and have a traditional look that IMO looks right for a punk band. They're pretty bomb proof too.
  8. spaz21387


    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    the sterling sub just came out. Check them out 290$ and well worth it. Im picking one up tomorrow.
  9. Spiffmeister

    Spiffmeister Meister of the Spiffs

    Apr 26, 2012
    An Epiphone Tbird should be within your budget. Its got the looks, the sound and the growl.
  10. Bisounourse


    Jun 21, 2012
    Gent, Belgium
    Dave Riley from Big Black used too play a Peavey T-40; they're built like a tank and can stand pretty much every sort of abuse.
  11. No question, I would try an Ibanez ATK.

    Tough, solid, can get MM tones, Fender-ish tones, plus some gnarly sounds unique to the ATK series with that 3-coil pickup.

    Been made for decades, so the used market has plenty that are priced within reason, and a lot of model variations and finishes.
  12. Anything. If you think about it too much it aint punk.
  13. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    I don't know if it's "punk", but is there somewhere you can try out a Fender Blacktop Jazz? Something about the double Precision pickups gives it an incredibly aggressive sound. Seriously, the thing's a damn cannon…very deep but snarly too! (Is "snarly" a real word? My spell-check seems to think so.) Plus, if you want a classic "P-sound", you just roll off the bridge pickup.
  14. Man I swear punk is starting to turn into the new "best for Metal"!
    Doesn't mater what you use for punk I've seen almost any bass that you can afford. Just play what you have until you figure out what you want.
  15. P-Bass or Thunderbird!
  16. Greevus


    Apr 15, 2009
    P=Punk Bass
  17. So the answer, is apparently literally anything. Which I agree with, I always find it bizarre when people ask for 'good/best bass for X'; you can use anything for anything. You *might* get a sound closer to what is expected for the genre, depending on who is defining the genre at the time, but no one can tell you what the sound in your head is. MM, Jazz, P, humbuckers, even a rick; you can coax a punky grind out of any of them.

    For your specific budget, if it were my choice (which it's not), I'd take a mexican P or Jazz (I love Ps, personally)
  18. DannyBlueOrigin


    Jun 19, 2013
    Endorsing Artist: Dean Guitars
    Well, if it isn't gonna be a Fender, I'd go for a Gibson, but that's abit outta budget, maybe a Danelectro, or maybe an Epiphone Grabber/Ripper? They're both rad looking basses & have a nice punky growl through the right amps!
  19. Given the budget...

    Squier Jag, which can be had with a P/J or MM-like 'bucker setup.

    Anything Eastwood. Try the EUB-1, not many punkers thrashed a fretless. Stormbird or Hi-flyer would do, too.
  20. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    The former is more on the Classic Vibe side, the latter on the Vintage Modified one

    Yet they're from two acclaimed punk rock bassists and well within your budget...

    Otherwise I agree with the ones suggesting you to look over Ibanez Atks

    Secondhand 300 (maple fingerboard) or 310 (rosewood) for a veritable cheap StingRay trickin': they sported TripleCoil pickup
    with "Precision with rolldown tone-Precision with rolledup tone-Jazz parallel" sounds

    If you're goin' to buy new, the brand new Atk200 is now fullon dual humbucker bridge pickup, so that everything is louder and
    meatier, yet with no parallel option, if you're into dubbin' Music
    Man kinda sound.