New bass advice needed...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Skeedish, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. Skeedish

    Skeedish Guest

    Jan 11, 2009
    I'm wanting to buy my first bass guitar, but I'm not wanting to start off with something low level that I'll have to upgrade from after a short time. I've got slightly under R10 000 (which translates to about $1000) to spend on a bass and maybe an amp (with the leftover cash), and I'm not 100% sure on what I should buy. I'm needing it to have a good sound to play with at live shows, it must be a 5-string, and I'm wanting to tune it to ADGCF.

    Ideally I'd get an Ibanez K5, but I don't want a signature bass. Right now I'm thinking that an Ibanez SR505 is the next best option, and while most reviews on it are positive, some do say that it has a fret buzz, and one review said that it doesn't play well at low levels so I'm not sure if it will be able to handle the tuning.

    Can anyone give me any helpful suggestions?
  2. LDonnie


    Aug 3, 2008
    Sounds pretty extreme to buy such an expensive bass when you are just starting to play bass. Have you got any experience playing string instruments? Choosing instruments is always very personal, though I would advise looking for some second hand Music Man or Lakland and buy a cheapy amp.
  3. mattcampbell

    mattcampbell Guest

    Dec 20, 2008
    I'm South African too :D

    What sort of music do you play? Might help if we knew that.
  4. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    I think your approach is a very good one-buying good equipment early on can save you a lot of money, If you have spent enough thaught on what exactly it is you need . or like in an instrument.
    Do your research and do not hasten into it.
    I am sure you can pick up a decent instrument for the money you have and possibly less.
    I'd look 2nd hand.

    Good luck!
  5. tobie

    tobie Guest

    Nov 26, 2008
    Gee-wizzz, so there really are more of my types around? :hyper:

    Where are you guys from (I'm from Krugersdorp).

    I recently bought my SR900 from Toms in Braamfontein - they had a 50% discount on all of their basses. Not sure if it's still going. If so and you can visit them - go and try out some - they probably have the best variety to choose from in the country!
  6. mattcampbell

    mattcampbell Guest

    Dec 20, 2008

    Haha, well unfortunately I was only born there (Durban) and lived in Cape Town 'till I was about 6 then moved to Melbourne, Australia. I still consider myself a proud South African though :)

    +1 for LDonnie's statement
  7. murphy

    murphy Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004
    That sounds like a great bass.
    What about a Lakland 5501?
    Or a Music man Stingray 5 sub?
    Or an Ibanez ATTK?
    Yamaha NathanEast style 5's or BB
    All great choices
  8. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    What you're explaining is the equivilent of someone buying a mercedes for their first car.

    Buy something more affordable until you learn what you like, dislike or even if you continue to play bass.

    Otherwise I guarantee you'll be selling that bass off for 3/4 to 1/2 of it's value once you decide you'd prefer something different.
  9. Skeedish

    Skeedish Guest

    Jan 11, 2009
    LDonnie - I haven't got any experience playing string instruments. I used to play clarinet and I can bash a few things off a drum kit.

    mattcampbell - since I don't have any sort of bass, I don't actually *play* anything. I've been playing a bit of korn on a down-tuned classical guitar (E dropped to A :p). I play very experimental music, but want that low A (so lets settle on 'metal').

    cnltb - thanks :)

    tobie - thanks I'll check it out. My home is in JHB but I study at Rhodes (Grahamstown).

    Basically, I need a 5-string bass that is stage-worthy and sounds good down low.
  10. RobertPaulson


    Dec 11, 2008
    Des Moines
    i'll second the stingray sub basses, great basses for the money.
  11. tobie

    tobie Guest

    Nov 26, 2008
    FWIW: Might have a problem getting those in SA. The norm appears to be Ibanez, Peavey, Cort & Yamaha.
  12. slaerts


    Aug 3, 2006
    The Ibby SR 505 basses have a skinny neck which might help a beginner. Definitely look for second hand.
    Are you looking for a bass that will go lower than the standard low B? I suspect you will need pretty thick strings to hit those low notes.
  13. LDonnie


    Aug 3, 2008
    Well, if you still are set on buying an expensive bass, get one with a tight B. You will need it because of the downtuning. I thought Laklands and Music Mans (also SUB's) have awesome B strings so that is why I supposed you could look for some of those. There are more great B's out there, but I don't really know which, probably some other people will chime in. Ofcourse, you can always use the search function :rolleyes:. Cheaper basses will probably lose character in A.
  14. +1 and I think that you can find one in the classifieds at the moment :bassist:
  15. El-Bob


    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
    Get a bass with a good well built neck (i use an esp/ltd d-6, with neck-through construction) and a .130 for the B.
  16. tobie

    tobie Guest

    Nov 26, 2008
    Not sure which models you're referring to, but I had a look on the 'net for ones available down here and they are extremely expensive (the equivalent of $2,400 US) - or R24,000! :meh:
  17. PF all-star

    PF all-star

    Dec 30, 2008
    If you are drop tuning the B string a whole step I would lead you back to the Ibanez. I was actually looking at the same model for my first 5 string.

    It has a string through bidge option which keeps a little more tension on the strings. Probably something that you are going to want to cinsider no matter what you look at.
  18. Skeedish

    Skeedish Guest

    Jan 11, 2009
    Thanks to everyone for their input - I'm going to browse round few shops later this week and investigate all the models I can find that have been recommended. :)
  19. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Don't forget that the "tightness" of the B is not only down to the bass , but also on the strings and the set up of the instrument.
  20. I'd get something you're always likely to want to keep - or if you fall out of love with the bass - something you can always sell. That has to be a USA Series Jazz or Precision. It's the benchmark for everything else. They are easy to play, easy to sell.

    Then buy something like a Hartke 3500 Head or an Ashdown Mag 300 Head and build a 2x12's cab with a couple of Eminence Delta 12LFA's (or a 15 and a 10). That should all be somewhere near that budget.