Dumbass n00ewb bass questions - how can I shot half decent rig for cheap?

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The premise: I just want to amuse myself by trying to learn and play along with some favorite songs. I like hiphop, r&b, funk, jazz. I know that I'm not going to get Verdine White/George Porter Jr./James Jamerson right out the box, but that's the general area I'd like to emulate. Therefore, I'm guessing what I want is a low-power practice amp with a CD in and headphone out (so as not to disturb housemates) and a p-bass or stingray knockoff.

So, from a few hours of google and ebay surfing, I see the following.

Squire p-replicas can be got for around 200, OLP stingray replicas around the same price. Are these likely to be acceptable or horrible?

What about the fender 25 watt bxr amp?

If not this approach, then what do you recommend?

Oilyrags, Wednesday, 30 May 2007 17:27 (fifteen years ago) link

Affinity series Squier P-Bass will work just fine, should be $180, but you might want to spring a few extra $$$ and look at the Standard P-Bass special, which will give you more versatility (PJ config.)

I assume you're looking at a used BXR 25? If not, search for Fender Rumble 25, should save you some money.

John Justen, Wednesday, 30 May 2007 17:43 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, I'm doing secondhand shopping for both if I can.

What kind of versatility would a PJ config get me?

Oilyrags, Wednesday, 30 May 2007 18:12 (fifteen years ago) link

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Oilyrags, Wednesday, 30 May 2007 18:40 (fifteen years ago) link

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Oilyrags, Wednesday, 30 May 2007 18:40 (fifteen years ago) link

The versatility of having both P and J pickups.

John Justen, Wednesday, 30 May 2007 19:17 (fifteen years ago) link

oh GAHD those squier P-basses are the WORST... never have i seen so many warped necks in my life. the heaviness of bass strings demand a neck of at least SOME quality or they bow immediately and become unusable. the horror, seriously.

i've played some o.k. made in mexico fender p-basses in the past, i'd consider one of those the absolute bottom limit.

for 'bass amps' under a hundred dollars it's probably not worth slaving over the big decision. get whatever and put a sansamp bass DI in front - it will make it way more pleasurable.

horrid bluegrass clicktrack, Sunday, 3 June 2007 08:57 (fifteen years ago) link

oh GAHD those squier P-basses are the WORST... never have i seen so many warped necks in my life. the heaviness of bass strings demand a neck of at least SOME quality or they bow immediately and become unusable. the horror, seriously.

Nothing that a truss rod can't fix.

John Justen, Sunday, 3 June 2007 15:06 (fifteen years ago) link

If you have a Mac of recent vintage, consider getting this:

http://cachepe.zzounds.com/media/quality,85/brand,zzounds/fit,400by400/UCA202_big-c5c66c5ee06b3a89a1fe3b25a7ba0cb3.jpg

or something like it, instead of an amp. Then you can play along in GarageBand and slow down or loop sections you have difficulty learning. GB is super easy, and if you only plan to use headphones, why bother with an amp? (I do all my songwriting in GB with an interface that's a bit more expensive than that one, even though I have Pro Tools and other fancy software available.)

If you don't have a Mac, then I dunno what to say, since I don't know much about Windows software.

libcrypt, Monday, 4 June 2007 00:19 (fifteen years ago) link

fifteen years pass...

are there any companies other than danelectro that make basses with lipstick pickups

na (NA), Friday, 16 December 2022 21:27 (one month ago) link

also which squier basses are decent

na (NA), Friday, 16 December 2022 21:29 (one month ago) link

To the previous question: Out of the box? I don't think so. Those pickup casings are definitely most associated with Danelectros.

Of course you can buy lipstick pickups and put them (or have them put) in any bass you like. On a cursory search it appears there are at least some Fender basses out there where someone has retrofitted lipstick pickups.

https://www.talkbass.com/attachments/sany6243_zps584e3cf8-jpg

https://th.bing.com/th/id/R.3645526951be812341e7d2a8eeca4431?rik=R8C1sPlGSg19GQ&riu=http%3a%2f%2fbunnyears.net%2fguitar%2fwp-content%2fflagallery%2frascal%2fkat_0300.jpg

The lipstick thing is aesthetic rather than sonic, I think* I doubt that a lipstick pickup sounds very different from other P-style single-coils.

* = not that there's anything wrong with that! I have bought lots of gear because it looked cool.

Can't comment on Squier basses, as I have had very little playing time on them. I'm on my third Yamaha bass and it does all that I ask of it.

Cirque de Soleil Moon Frye (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 16 December 2022 21:42 (one month ago) link

xp this year I bought one of the Squier Classic Vibe 1950s P basses (with the old style headstock and one single-coil pickup) and it’s absolutely divine, as good or better than my 80s Japanese Fenders. Made in Indonesia. The Paranormal series are superb quality too.

assert (matttkkkk), Friday, 16 December 2022 21:54 (one month ago) link

Interesting, mat3k4. I have a Squier Classic Vibe Thinline Telecaster that I like a lot.

Cirque de Soleil Moon Frye (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 16 December 2022 21:58 (one month ago) link

I liked the aesthetic and saw one in the local classifieds so I tried it out, and damn. The neck in particular is flawless and fits the hand just so.

assert (matttkkkk), Friday, 16 December 2022 22:30 (one month ago) link


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