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What bass for a metal band?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by musicman96, Mar 18, 2014.

  1. musicman96


    Jan 15, 2014
    I play in a metal/hardcore/djent band, kind of bullet for my valentine meets djent and I currently use a marlin state of the art bass which is a surprisingly nice bass but I feel that I need something that is a lot better. I have a j bass body but I was also thinking of either an ibanez atk200 or an sr300 so any opinions on these basses or other basses woiukd be appreciated
  2. Gaolee

    Gaolee Outta my way! I'm caffeinated! Supporting Member

    It would have to be this one:
  3. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    Mike Lull T-Bird
  4. deste


    Sep 14, 2009
    Bologna, Italy, Europe
    Endorsing Artist: GullanskyLab pickups
    That bass, you know, what's its brand... the bass played by... Oh, I can't recall, but he's a very cool player, he played in... in that band, you know..., the one with four strings on... or maybe five... anyway, you got it, ain't you?...
  5. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist ZOMG! I'm back from the dead! Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Bass for a metal band? Depends on if they still make the Hello Kitty P-bass or not. If they don't you'll go through the rest of your metal career not feeling like a real man :(
  6. PazzoBasso


    Jan 21, 2011
    Welcome to TalkBass :)
  7. peledog


    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
  8. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    that hellokitty/batz maru squier bass is supposedly pretty good. just take the pg off.
  9. Miskatonic


    Sep 15, 2009
    Portland, OR
    To be fair to the OP, he is asking about a couple of specific models and what people's opinions are on them as opposed to the "Hey, what bass should I use for a metal band?" and nothing else.

    I don't have any experience with either bass, but why don't you elaborate on what you're looking for in terms of sound and such, that way we might be able to give some more informed recommendations.
  10. wallerdub

    wallerdub Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2013
    Fort Collins, CO
    whatever bass feels and sounds good to you. mostly feel!!

    personally....IMO i like the warwick Thumb for metal.
  11. Load the J body with some TV Jones Thunder'Mag pickups.

    Bolt on a Telebass neck with lightweight tuners and a hipshot D-tuner thingyamabob.

    Choose your favourite colour and get the body sprayed (matching headstock optional), add stickers or graphics to taste.

    Voila, a personalised bass that'll stand out visually and sonically from the murder of metal crowbasses.
  12. HoboCop

    HoboCop Supporting Member

    I would take an SR over an ATK probably.. I think just about any bass can sound right for the job, the SR series generally have very thin necks and are easier to play fast. Warwicks are good if you like a ton of low end.
  13. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Here's what some of the bassists of Djent bands that I regularly listen to use..

    Adam "Nolly" Getgood (Periphery) - Dingwall
    Amos Williams (TesseracT) - Warwick
    Dick Lövgren (Meshuggah) - Warwick
    Johan Nyberg (Vildhjarta) - Carvin
    David Darocha (Born of Osiris) - Warwick
    Danny Hauser (Veil of Maya) - Ibanez also Groove Tools GTBD7
    Adam Swan (Chimp Spanner) - Lakland Skyline 55-60

    Warwick seems to have the most representation..
  14. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    I used an SX P bass ($169) in my last metal band, sounded great.

    They don't make that exact model any more. It was like this one, but with cosmetic differences (black pickguard, black block bindings, different shape headstock):


    An inexpensive P-style bass (SX, Squier, MIM Fender, etc.) is a great entry-level metal bass, providing a classic metal tone in the style of such players as Steve Harris and Geezer Butler.

    Equally important is having a big, loud amp... it's almost better in my opinion to get a cheaper bass and spend the extra money on more speakers. ;)
  15. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
  16. Ben Rose

    Ben Rose

    Jan 12, 2004
    IME the Ibanez ATK series has a much thicker sound than the SR series. Try them and see which you prefer. I like the sound of the ATK, but I learned to play on an SR, so they feel more comfortable.
  17. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    do you play with a pick? if so, I really think the tone of a passive P/J bass would handle it beautifully. I have an LTD vintage-204 i upgraded with dimarzios and it would be a metal machine picked....if I played metal.

    if you do fingers, I would probably get active so you can dial in the attack you want. ibanez sr300 would work great for that.
  18. groovyBoom


    Jan 30, 2014
    Hickory, NC
    I personally dig the sound of the Spector Legend series that I use for metal/djent. The stock setup in there has a whole lot of balls.
  19. Later in the interview he stated, "If you call us djent that's fine, I mean I would never self apply the term. But at the same time it's just so vague that I don't know what to make of it.