Punk Rock/Heavy Metal Bass Guitars

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Contractor821, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. Contractor821


    Jul 14, 2013
    Hey everyone, so i'm not sure if someone has asked this before but I was curious if anybody on the TalkBass forums could give me their opinions on some punk/metal basses.
    Right off the bat I know that Fender would be the prime example of a bass to buy if I was playing punk music and Jackson basses would be the prime example for Metal music...
    I actually currently own a Jackson Concert Bass but I was wondering if anybody could give me their opinions on some different brands that they might have played, for example, Schecter basses... etc, etc.
    Brands other than the two I just listed.
    Im looking to pay around $300-400 for a new bass because im in the market for one!

    Thanks everyone!
  2. powmetalbassist

    powmetalbassist Supporting Member

    Ibanez basses are solid "metal" basses. Their 80's-90's stuff is great too if your not so much into their current line up.
  3. Nobody

    Nobody Inactive

    Jul 14, 2004
    Yep, Ibanez..... I love my SRX.
  4. bassbombs84


    Dec 26, 2008
    ::Que super played out "best bass for metal" comments::

    but seriously, for punk/metal I think its more about amp/strings/technique than bass....

    That said: anything with a p-pickup for punk, anything with EMG's for metal.
  5. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    Nope, first person ever :)

    Anyways, I'm pretty partial to J or PJ basses.
  6. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    check out the black g&l with the graphite moses neck in the classifieds, i use a g&l sb-2 or an L2000 for drone metal and hardcore punk
  7. HalfPlayer


    Jun 9, 2013
  8. I play mostly punk rock and metal. My main basses are a G&L SB-2, G&L L-2000, and an old Yamaha BB-800.
  9. Demo69


    Apr 18, 2012
    Esp ltd d5. $399 new. Or you could look for a used spector legend/NS2000/5.
  10. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I liked the mark Hoppus bass i briefly had. Simple and effective.
  11. DeathFromBelow

    DeathFromBelow Never Forget. Inactive

    Dec 23, 2010
    Horten, Norway
    P, J or Ric. Job done.
  12. Ibanez SR. There is one for any price range and they play great
  13. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    I have made 6 different Precisions out of used parts from the classifieds. MIM or Mighty Mite Precision necks, Squier bodies, '62 Reissue or Model P pickups Schaller roller bridges. The most expensive one was $400, the cheapest was about $180. They are all different and they are modeled after the hundreds of P's that I have seen at punk shows over the years. I use them for metal as well.
  14. curbowkid

    curbowkid Guest

    Jun 27, 2011
    Brooklyn, New York
    I dont usually recommend these but a fender P or J will do it.

    Also as stated. Ibanez puts out a solid metal bass.
  15. IPA

    IPA Supporting Member

    May 5, 2010
    G&L! L2000
  16. DrSpunkwater


    Sep 17, 2012
    When in doubt, P bass.
  17. JIO

    JIO Be seeing you. Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Maybe I'm totally off the back w/this observation... but from personal experience owning/playing one, I think a Parker Hornet (not made anymore) would have been a perfect choice for "metal" bass -> 24 frets, active EMG's - it has a great in-you-face presence/tone and is just strange enough looking to pass (on stage w/pointy guitars etc) - a mystery really as far as a potentially perfect metal package.
  18. The_Holy_Grail


    Jan 9, 2011
    I use a Fender Precision with a EMG-PX and a BTS control.
  19. jamersonburton


    Jul 22, 2011
    Yamaha bb300 is a great bass.
    Squier classic vibe jazz.
    Squier vm pbass.
    Sx basses