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What makes a good bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by charic, May 5, 2006.

  1. charic


    Apr 17, 2006
    Just wondering peoples opinions on this? Im particularly interested in old rock/metal but hey lets keep it open :D

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    Good Wood.
  3. JKwo


    Jan 12, 2006
    I'd say it has something to do with having a body, a neck, a few strings, a way to attach the strings to the instrument, and a way to amplify the sound it makes.
  4. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Good stuff. Good people. Hawaiin punch.
  5. savit260


    Mar 6, 2006
    Any bass that feels good in your hands, and sounds good to your ears is a good bass.
  6. and what is good phaedrus? Need we to ask this question?
  7. Mustafa


    May 4, 2006
    Just keep the electronics passive, and you'll be OK. . . you'll have 'the' sound.
  8. charic


    Apr 17, 2006
  9. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    As I said in your "what makes a good amp" thread (slightly modified):

    Impresses women
    Scares small children
    Cool color

    I will reserve the same answers for the "what makes a good instrument cable" and "what makes a good effects pedal" threads as well.

  10. ElBajista


    Dec 13, 2005
    Sebring, FL
    vague question...

    I believe that what makes a bass "good" is:

    -quality, durable wood, hardware, and components
    -reliable, great-sounding electronics
    -great craftmanship with strict attention to detail
    -a really cool finish
    -"Lakland" on the headstock
  11. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Banned

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao España
    Wishbass for sure! :D
  12. permagrin


    May 1, 2003
    San Pedro, CA
    No doubt... and as many answers as bass players.

    Boiled all down: good bass = good feel + good tone + desired features

    I realize I've said nothing that isn't utterly obvious... so I'll add that IMO 90% of a bass' character comes from the neck and pickups.
  13. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Banned

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao España
    Finally someone that thinks just like me! god bless you.
  14. I like a nice tone when it is unplugged. The lows should vibrate through your body and the highs should sing naturally. Find one with an unplugged tone that you like, according to your personal taste.

    Then go for a pickup that takes this "unplugged" sound and amplifies it accurately.

    The onboard pre-amp should help you adjust and modify the treble/bass/mids of a bass, yet still let enough of the natural bass through that you know what bass you have in your hands by the sound.
  15. Lorenzini


    Dec 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    +1 on Lakland on the headstock :oops:
  16. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin'

    Nov 22, 2004
    Deep E Texas
    Sound, feel, weight, appearance, in that order.

    Oh, and I have to be able to justify paying whatever the price is.
  17. ElBajista


    Dec 13, 2005
    Sebring, FL
    :D. What more is there to say?
  18. The brand of the bass is not really important. And I don't think that you should settle on a good bass. Find a bass that feels right to you, has the options you want (active or passive, p style, j style, p/j style, MM style, thick neck, thin neck, heavy or light, etc.) and plays well for the style of music that you are playing.

    I use each of my basses for different songs. For example, the Fender GL is my main bass, the Epi Flying V is for stuff like Rage Against the Machine and the like, the SR500 is for my solos and songs that require brighter tone, and the Peavey is my in a pinch bass. Each one has different options and feel.

    Experiment and pick one that works for you. Money should not be an issue when finding the right bass, but it can be a set-back if the right bass is too much!

    Just my two cents.:smug:
  19. CraigG


    Mar 14, 2006
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    A good player who knows how to use it.
  20. charic


    Apr 17, 2006
    wahey now we're startintg 2 get to the kind of answers i was after! :smug:

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