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unamplified volume?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by wcre, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. wcre


    Feb 10, 2005
    Nova Scotia
    Quick question before I buy in on a bass again, it's been so long since my last one I've forgotten.

    Are unamplified/headphone amped bases generally apartment friendly in terms of volume?

    Specifically I have an opportunity to grab a godin freeway 5 (Active) at a good price but I suspect setting up a decent amp here would be unwise.
  2. LowEZ

    LowEZ Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2011
    Central NJ
    My head hurts trying to figure out what you're asking. Are you asking if you'd be able to hear the bass adequately unamplified?
  3. wcre


    Feb 10, 2005
    Nova Scotia
    sorry, more specifically how likely are my neighbors to hear me playing unamplified?
  4. LowEZ

    LowEZ Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2011
    Central NJ
    Ahhhh..... I've never had an issue in 4 different apartments over the course of of a dozen years. I'd refrain from slapping at 3AM if you're concerned, but otherwise I doubt anyone would hear.
  5. jefkritz


    Oct 20, 2007
    iowa city, IA
    depends how thin your walls are, but shouldn't be an issue. if you're able to have a conversation without your neighbors complaining, an unamplified bass should be fine.
  6. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Meh. Play what you want and just be respectful. I think most apartments prohibit loud noise after 11pm. Your neighbors should be happy you're not a drummer.
  7. ryanms3030


    Jan 5, 2014
    Glendale, CA
    My wife complains when I play my bass in the next room with headphones. But I think she has super hearing. It's certainly no louder than a TV at normal volume so your neighbors can't complain. One of my friends used to practice guitar through a marshall stack in his apartment so you won't be pissing off your neighbors to the degree he did!
  8. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    If a neighbor comes to your door bitching about your playing, the butt-end of your bass guitar, applied to their skull in an overhand motion, should effectively quell further complaint.
  9. Malak the Mad

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

    As long as your walls aren't made of tissue paper, you should be fine. I've squeaked by on a headphone amp and a closed door in deference to my girlfriend who has to deal with A.D.D.…
    …and is prone to migraines…
    …and does computer work from home.
    Yeah, no acoustic drums in my future, and certainly no 300 watt bass amp!

    On a related note, I use a Pocket Rockit S1b. It gets the job done very nicely, whether I'm at home or killing some time at my workplace.
  10. My wife wakes up when I play my Ubass in the next room. The door is closed and towel stuffed against the bottom, and a machine that makes white noise like a loud fan is on in the bedroom. It's not amplified and I can barely hear myself playing but she says its pretty loud. Drives me nuts!
  11. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    Since a 'godin freeway 5' is electric/solid body, you shouldn't have any problems,
    but an acoustic/electric, or just acoustic, maybe, because of the sound pressure waves.
    Sony MDR-V6 headphones thru Korg's Pandora PX5D or Korg mini headphone amp works good with a 5-string.
  12. Hawkbone


    Mar 23, 2009
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50 phones are great for bass. The Behringer UCA222 will give you a cheap headphone amp/recording interface with ability to send sound out to a home stereo for some more volume.