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Some Good Metal Basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by hybridmoments21, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. hybridmoments21


    Apr 7, 2009
    I am looking for a good quality bass that would be right for playing a heavy metal style of music. I've been playing bass for about five years now and I find that my fender J bass proves sufficient for most styles, but metal not being one of them. Im only 14 so I have a budget of about $1000. It would be greatly appreciated if someone could recommend some basses with accurate price estimates. Thanks!
  2. LCW

    LCW Inactive

    Mar 2, 2009
  3. For 1000$, you could easily get one of these used:

    warwick corvette std, $$
    warwick thumb bolt on
    spector euro rebop
    Lakland 44-02, 55-02

    In the new dep.:

    Ibanez 500 series
    MIA P bass (if you're lucky)

    many others to say, but these give you an idea
  4. markdavid


    Jun 29, 2007
    You should try swapping the pickups before getting a new bass , some quarterpounders or model j pickups should be perfect for metal
  5. MadMan118


    Jan 10, 2008
    Vallejo, CA
    Another metal thread :)
    Well the common choices are:
    MM Stingrays
    Less common but aslo seen:
    The only bass I can really vouch for are Ibanez's.
    $1000 will get you a SR 505, or, 505(5 string), or a Ibanez SR 700, aslo try the SRX line with your budget I'd get a 500 or above series SRX.
    In addition:
  6. Toronto Bassist

    Toronto Bassist

    Jan 9, 2008

    "Blacker than the blackest black times infinity..."
  7. MadMan118


    Jan 10, 2008
    Vallejo, CA
    *facepalm* I forgot T-birds.
  8. brucebruce


    May 26, 2008
    I couldn't disagree more... I play in a metal band... and my Jazz Basses are ideal... I think this is an amplification and EQ/Tone 'thing'...

    I would spend the money on a decent pre-amp and maybe another second hand J Bass...

    Just a thought... :)
  9. i agree with bruce, any bass will actually do for any genre of music, but some are more taylored for the tone the genre requires. I tend to use a very mid friendly eq setting, it's rather punky and it seems to only be good for metal or punk but it's a brilliant way of cutting through the mix when i have a guitarist that has full bass, full treble and mid rolled back a notch, i would suggest getting an upgrade on the Roland Cube 30.
  10. HogieWan


    Feb 4, 2008
    Lafayette, LA
    metal bassists can want VERY different tones.
  11. stflbn


    May 10, 2007

    If you're 14 and ONLY have a $1000 budget you should consider yourself immensely and hugely privileged.

    ANY bass does metal fine. What you do with the bass and how you control it's tone, and what amp you run it through has more to do with it's tone than the bass itself.

    That about the only things I can say without being nasty and snotty about a 14 year old with ONLY $1000 to spend on a bass to play metal with.

    (And after looking at your profile, you might want to seriously consider a 'metal' amp before worrying about a metal bass judging from the Roland Cube 30 bass amp that's in your profile)

  12. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    yep, sounds like a decent rig is what you need. for that money you can get a good head & cab and then blammo, problem solved.

    (although i like jazzes for metal, personally.)

    if you MUST get a new bass, i refer you to the brands already mentioned. and do an ever-so-swift search, this subject is, ah, not uncommon on these boards...
  13. Sijjvra


    Mar 31, 2009
    I'm almost 30 and I've never had a budget of 1000 bucks for a bass :(

    That being said, go play some before you buy them. Someone might prefer one kind over another and tell you it's the greatest thing since sliced bread, but you might pick it up and not like it at all. Go to your local music stores and dink around with what they have to offer before you pick one.
  14. Vote for a 55-01. They may not look it, but a buddy of mine borrowed mine for a full on thrash metal band and he loved it. He actually ended up using it with that band for about 6 months. Very versatile basses and great to play. With the extra money you can buy quite a number of goodies or just save it for a rainy day.
  15. JJT247


    Jan 24, 2009
    Im in the same situation as you, except I am 13. A lot of people told me to look at lakland 55-01, Ibanez SR, Stingray, J bass, and Shecters.
  16. TheVoiceless


    Jun 11, 2008
    New Jersey
    I guess you can subscribe to the idea that ever bass can be played for every style. I don't believe this but I can't disprove it. But you need consider what sound you are trying to achieve. If I were you being 14 I would choose a bass based on play ability. Something that feels great to play. *******DO NOT BUY A BASS THAT YOU HAVE NEVER PLAYED******* even if you have played the same style bass, every bass (piece of wood) is different some its own way.
  17. metdistortion


    Aug 13, 2008
    You should consider getting a 5 string, as they are great for handling all the drop tunings that metal often requires.

    Man, I wish I had a $1000 to spend on bass gear, the budget for my last bass was only £200!
  18. D Rokk

    D Rokk Inactive

    Feb 19, 2009
    Delta Quadrant
    Get a dean "Z" bass. it just looks metal as hell.. then got get urself a decent rig with ur remaining 800 dollars
  19. MNAirHead

    MNAirHead Supporting Member

    More specifics would help..

    how do you want it to play..

    Any sounds you're looking for...

    Generically I'm a fan of the Peavey RJ-IV.. has an ebony neck, neck through.. emgs.. simple controls.. good punch .. drop d hipshot.. slimest neck.. quality build.. very fast... made in USA all of this for under $500.. unlike many basses, if you buy this one correct, it will appreciate in value....

    Besides this?
  20. MNAirHead

    MNAirHead Supporting Member

    Schecter also has some cool metal style basses in the $500 range

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