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Punk Rock bass players,I need help!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mortom27, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. Mortom27


    Jul 22, 2013
    Charlotte, NC
    Ok, I'm been jamming with a local punk rock band for a few
    weeks now and they officially asked me to join the band, I never play punk before so my I don't have a traditional punk rock bass if you know what I mean, I got 2 Ibanez (4&5 strings)& a 4 string spector , I been looking into Fender P' bass & jass bass and sterling sub-4
    any suggestions? what will u guys recommend?
  2. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Nothing screams Punk more than a Fender P.
    On second thought, most genres scream for a Fender P...
    You can never go wrong with a P
  3. .

    I play in a 70s punk covers band sometimes.

    Yeah, definitely a Fender P, or even a Rickenbacker 4001 for some stuff.
    I have both, but tend to play the P a lot more than the Rick with these guys.

    Whatever you use, fit it with roundwounds (for modern punk) or anything at all (lol!) for 70s punk.

    I'm not familiar with the basses you have already.
    Do any of them have split P-bass style pickups?
    If so I'd be using that bass to begin with, before pulling the trigger on another instrument.
  4. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    The least punk thing to do would be buying a bass because it looks punk.
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  5. Mortom27


    Jul 22, 2013
    Charlotte, NC
    Ozzygreg, all of my current basses have soapbars pups
    in it, I play mostly hard rock & metal I been using my spector with this guys so far
  6. bluestarbass


    Jul 31, 2007
    I always thought my stingray was the bees knees for punk. I played mostly pop punk.
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  7. Joe Murray

    Joe Murray Supporting Member

    May 14, 2008
    Fairfax, VA
    Agree 100%!

    Those Ibanez and that Spector will more than get the job done.:bassist:
  8. JennySuzuki


    Dec 18, 2013
    The punk aesthetic was all about rejecting style over substance. Punk bands played what they had, what they could afford, and didn't sweat the brand names or even, really, how well they could play their instruments. The message was the medium.

    So don't sweat what kind of bass you're playing punk with. Sweat what your message is, and how you send it.
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  9. Mortom27


    Jul 22, 2013
    Charlotte, NC
    I like that, that was DEEP!!!..
  10. It's punk! Play what you've already got! Or get something cheap and rough.
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  11. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    Ive been in many a punk band thru my life, i have rocked them with p bass, J bass, p/j bass, Soap bar bass, rounds, flats, etc.
  12. Mortom27


    Jul 22, 2013
    Charlotte, NC
    like a dirty Hore?, lol
    I can do that :p
  13. I say if they liked what you were playing then keep playing it.
    But if you're looking for a reason to get a new bass try the Sterling SUB 4. They're pretty sweet and they sound pretty punk to me.
  14. Mortom27


    Jul 22, 2013
    Charlotte, NC
    yeah, they haven't say anything about it
    and you're right I play tru a sub4 on GC the other day
    is a pretty good bass for the money, I really like the small
    body on her thou and sounds good too
  15. Uncle K

    Uncle K The bass player doesn't get a sandwich Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    +1 on using a bass you already have.

    But if you must get a new bass I would suggest a Peavey Fury, they have a P type vibe, they're well made, inexpensive, and have a slim neck.
  16. Guys, please separate PUNK from PUNK ROCK. These are two different things.

    Punk, it's a state of mind, a way of life.

    Punk Rock, it's a style of music that was first initiated by punks, but it has become over time a genre by itself, that doesn't require to be a punk at heart to play it. Or even to listen to it. I like me some punk rock quite often, and I'm not a punk at all.

    So, if you wanna be punk: grab whatever bass you have and flip the bird to any conventions. But if you wanna play punk rock, then a P Bass would do the job quite well...
  17. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    Nothing screams punk more than conforming and doing the same as everyone else.

    No, wait...
  18. "Always let them see you sweat."
    -- Paul Westerberg
  19. johnson79


    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    Plenty of "punk" bass players use Ibanez and Spectors. Nothing wrong with either. But a Stingray, P, or J all sound pretty damn good too. I'd stick with what you've got.
  20. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    Whatever you play, I think a four string is the way to go. Fender P or Jazz, Rick 4001, or a Stingray would all get the job done and look the part.

    But what you have now would probably get the job done, too.