Good bass for recording metal?

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  1. noUser01

    noUser01 Still can't play.

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    Hey guys. Basically what it says in the title, I'm looking for a good bass specifically for recording progressive metal. I don't too much about what to look for in a bass and therefore am not 100% sure what I WANT in a bass. I'd preferably like one that doesn't require upgrades like "This ones great if you put some EMGs in it". Cheaper the better.

    Thanks for your help.
     
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    JamesM The Armada

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  3. Powermetalbass

    Powermetalbass Powermetalbassist

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    Late 80's and Early 90's Ibanez RD's (like Greg Christian played in Testament in the early 90's) work for me. If you can find them used they go for around $250-400. The ibanez stock pickups of this era are really nice.
     
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    xfilth Phrygianist

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    +1 old MIJ Ibanez
     
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    noUser01 Still can't play.

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    Thanks guys I'll keep those in mind.
     
  6. Bevo

    Bevo SS.org Regular

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    For new try the Squire VM series in a P-bass, they are surprisingly good for the price and you can pick up a used one for $2-300.

    All I would do is change the strings and find some distortion for it..

    Are you using an amp or some sort of DI device?
     
  7. noUser01

    noUser01 Still can't play.

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    I would probably use a DI since that seems the best way to track bass for me. I've heard both sides about recording bass though, some use distortion some don't... any thoughts?
     
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    cGoEcYk SS.org Regular

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    I wouldn't use a budget bass if you are serious about tone for recording. Would you record your album with an entry level guitar? Just saying.
     
  9. Konfyouzd

    Konfyouzd Dread-I Master Contributor

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    I like Ibby BTBs if you're going fretted.
     
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    Konfyouzd Dread-I Master Contributor

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    To be blunt... That was stupid.
     
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    BucketheadRules Fuzz pedal hoarder

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    I use a Vintage V804B, which looks like this:

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    And it sounds like this:

    Aerodynamic guitar remake (new and improved version) by ConnorF on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free

    The bass is fairly high in the mix for a lot of it, but you can particularly hear it at 1:27, 1:52, 2:33 and onwards from there to the end (it's doing an arpeggio sequence at 2:44).

    For that I was tuned to drop D and played through the bass amp sim in Reason 6. For the thrash bits towards the beginning I used a slightly distorted tone with a pick, and for the bits where the guitar is doing the tapped arpeggios I used my fingers, and a less distorted (but still slightly overdriven) tone.

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    The actual bass is great - I don't know how available it would be in Canada but I picked it up for £120 (that's about $200) and it's better than anything else you can get for that kind of money (admittedly it was a significant reduction from the retail price, these should sell for closer to £250). Plays fantastic, and while it sounds great for aggressive metal it can do so much more than that. I heartily recommend checking out something with a P/J pickup config, because it's so versatile.
     
  12. ImBCRichBitch

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    Id sa BTB all the way. Or a Fender Jazz bass. I could reccomend the Epiphone Thunderbird Pro series. Theyre nice as well. All of the ones i mentioned come in 5 string versions.
     
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    Bevo SS.org Regular

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    If you don't think the squires are decent head over to talk bass and do a search, you will be surprised!
    The first time I heard one was at a rock show with some with some no name bands, this one band was amazing and the bass killed. My buds band was on next and I helped, the guy with the bass had a squire with the name covered and went into a DI, no amp!

    Best bet is to play with or without distortion to find your right mix.
     
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    snegdk SS.org Regular

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    How about MM Stingray?
     
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    Bevo SS.org Regular

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    Guys, he said cheaper is better....

    Yamaha has some great sounding guitars at a fair price as well.
    I see your in Vancouver, why not hit up L&M and rent a different cheap bass every weekend till you find the one you like.
    It would be $10 for a weekend!
     
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    signalgrey Ambiente Savante

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    Ibanez BTB 5.
     
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    +1 for the Grind 5. My friend John who is also a member on here has one and he loves it to pieces.
     
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    Yeah the Grind 4/5 are really great basses for the price. When I used to co-op in a music store, they had both the Grind 4 and the 5, and I ended up playing the 5 more often than any other bass in there, including some Warwicks. It will definitely get the job done for you, so I must say +1 to that.
     
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    Yamaha RBX series is supposed to be pretty good. :yesway:
     
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    I've heard a Yamaha RBX at a show I was providing sound for, and it was the best sounding bass of the entire show.
    Another bass I can think of that I really loved its tone is the Ibanez SR500/SR505/506. Awesome sounding bass for the money. They now come with a much better bridge than they used to. The older ones have a suckass bridge. The newer bridges are much beefier.
     

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