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Which bass should i get for hard rock?/where could i find a drummer?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Unemploid, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. i have a gretsch g5123b and love it, everything about it. i have a fuzz and an octave pedal and love to see what sounds i could make out of this guitar. i could play stoner/punk/surf with the gretsch with fuzz, or without.

    anyways, with our last drummer, i was noticing that may gretsch wasn't doing it for our bands faster songs. maybe if i adjust the knobs, or even use a pick or EQ or a new amp, i can get an appropriate tone, but since we don't have a drummer, at the moment, i can't test for an in band scenario.

    the bass is great clean, great for our "slower" stuff. my gretsch is the only one for me in my book, but for the sake of the band/style i may have to get a second bass.

    i was thinking another gretsch because i love the sound but not sure if would help me in this predicament. my brother has an gibson sg. so here are my picks:

    Gretsch G6128B Thunder Jet™ Bass
    Gretsch G6199B Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird Bass
    Gibson USA SG Standard Bass
    Hofner violin bass
    Hofner club bass

    i played the gibson sg bass at guitar center, different sound and would work for what we're doing, just the price. the guy at the store says that hofner makes great hollow bodys and chambered guitars, but they're smoother than gretsch. also, i don't like how the violins bass strings are small and close together, but i could get used to that. what do you guys think of bands with matching guitars? i think zz top. btw my bro i the guitarist of our band.

    should i get a 5 string? i saw squier bass VI, i love the wammy. if i get a 5 string i could play janie's got a gun, 6 string i could play back in the saddle. also, resonator basses, awesome.

    if their is any bass guitars you recommend let me know.

    here's some more questions you could answer:
    Where to find a drummer?
    What wah pedal should i get for my bass?

    here's links to basses I've mentioned:
    Gretsch Basses: http://www.gretschguitars.com/products?section=basses
    Gibson Basses: http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Bass.aspx/?s_kwcid=gibson basses|9994259580
    Hofner Basses: http://www.hofner-guitars.com/electric-basses.html

    Here's is a bunch of signature guitars of popular bassist i like:
    John Entwistle: http://www.deanguitars.com/entwistle.php#hybrid5
    Tom Hamilton: http://www.glguitars.com/instruments/USA/basses/asat-bass-tom-hamilton/index.asp
    Dusty Hill: http://www.fender.com/basses/precis...ature-precision-bass-maple-fingerboard-black/
    Gene Simmons: http://www.cortguitars.com/en/product/gs-axe-2 [it looks like an axe(nuff said)]
    Steve Harris: http://www.fender.com/basses/precis...erboard-royal-blue-metallic-chrome-pickguard/
    Robert Trujillo: http://www.warwickbass.com/en/Warwi...t-Trujillo-Signature--5-string--Pictures.html
    Cliff Burton: http://www.ariaguitars.com/english/products/sb-blackn-gold-i

  2. vdub75


    Feb 15, 2013
    for hardrock get a P! if shortscale, get a shortscale P ;-)
  3. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland
    I saw The Temperance Movement the other week, and they are fairly hard rock at times. Their bassist was using a Hofner violin bass for 80% of the show, and the rest was done on an old off-white P bass.
  4. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    The problem with this question is that you tell us the Gretsch you love "isn't really doing it" but you don't explain what it's not doing. Is it too trebly or not trebly enough? Too bassy or not bassy enough? Neck too thick or too thin? What?

    Do you have an actual budget? Are you able to spend $300 or $1300?

    Ok, my generic recommendation - go with a Yamaha BB, like a BB424x in 4-string or the 5-string BB425x. Lots of tone, hot pickups, well made, all around great basses. But that's me. Hard to make any serious recommendation when we don't have any idea what your need is or what you can afford.
  5. sobie18


    May 5, 2002
    Shaw AFB, SC
    Get an SX and pump $1500 into it.
  6. sowilson


    Jul 5, 2013
    P-Bass, SVT, Fridge - what was the question?
  7. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey
    Where to find a drummer? He's the guy on your front porch delivering the pizza.
  8. klokker


    Jan 7, 2009
    Steele City, NE
    The problem here doesn't seem to be the bass. You're bass should be fine for hard rock. It may be that if you have a lot of effects and pedals going that you're getting a lot of "tone suck" etc.

    If it's "not working" in the faster songs, chances are you have a lot of low end without much mid range articulation. The notes run together. In my experience, tons of low end typically doesn't work as well in the mix. I know for the harder rock stuff we play, I like to keep my bass "above" the kick drum.......in the mix, not some big cushy thing underneath.............but that's just me.

    There is nothing wrong with wanting a different bass. But it seems to me the one you have should be OK.
  9. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    you should get a job and quit music
  10. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Pittsburgh PA USA
    Drummer? I'm right here.
  11. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    You have to know what you are doing to find a drummer. I suggest getting up early on a brisk yet clear day and head down to the woods. Start looking under logs (wear hand protection!) and eventually you'll find one in his natural habitat. Early in the morning they are less aggressive but you still have to be careful not to get sprayed with residual whisky.
  12. xUptheIronsx

    xUptheIronsx Conform or Be Cast Out....

    Feb 6, 2010
    C-ville, Col, Ohio
    ...cause there are no good bands to play with in the area. Everyone has some "band leader" who thinks that they have good time and who has a real attitude about it....:bag:
  13. cool a lot of replies.

    1. the only bad thing about me getting another bass is i can't afford to buy another. and i need a new amp. i didn't want to go into much detail, cause this thread was running long.

    2. the lower bass higher mid is a good suggestion. what i'm looking for our faster song i presences, like strong definitive repetition of the notes. getting a p bass is a good suggestion.

    3. delivering pizza? why haven't i thought of that before. we're in los angeles area. we don't have much of what we done, but no way quitting music. i wish we could have something to show that's "good."

    4. i'll try without my effect in the chain, and yeah i guess you could say my guitar could have more bass.

    F*cking exactly: Everyone has some "band leader" who thinks that they have good time and who has a real attitude about it....