To bass, or not to bass

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  1. Rakon

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    As some of you may know (but most likely none of you), I'm a bass player. I've recently thought about picking up a new bass. At the store near my house, there's an Ibanez BTB for $400 (normal price is $700). I was thinking about making the purchase, but then I realized, "Do I really need a new bass?"

    I've been playing my Soundgear for about 5 years, and it's served me very well. It's not broken, and it still plays great. I'm not in a band, and I only play casually. So I ask you GR, should I make the jump, or just be happy with what I have? Is there a point in getting another 4 string bass, or is upgrading a good option.

    Note: I'm not looking for advice on what to buy, because I have the one bass (see above) in mind. If you have a good 5-string in mind, let me know.

    And for you assholes who are just going to tell me bass sucks, fuck you:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEyEu-hS ... ure=search
     
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  3. Longo_2_guns

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    Bass is the instrument people play when they can't play any instruments.

    You should spend the money on a keytar instead. Bitches love keytar.
     
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  4. Wes

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    Oh ALF, you're so silly, you can't eat cats that's disturbingly cruel and sick! Oh will he ever learn *chuckle*

    If bass is your hobby then go for it!

    Also, in before SLAPPY DE BASS MON!
     
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  5. Chris_Crime

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    What instruments do you play Longo?
     
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    I actually play classical guitar, but I'm not really good at it. I'm a very fast learner though apparently, because I was able to play the same shit after only one year that people playing for 4 years were learning how to play. But yeah.
     
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  7. Wes

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    think about it.
     
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  8. keepithowitis

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    I just got a '71 Fender P-Bass from my uncle that kicks ass, but before that I had a Soundgear that I'd used for a good three-four years before that I really had no complaints with. I still play both instruments now. I think if you want the versatility of having a couple different basses around then go for it, but I was plenty happy with just one myself.
     
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  9. WickedLiquid

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    ^
    That's twice in this thread where I first read "soundgear' as "soundgraden".

    I think I need to listen to some Down on the Upside.

    A buddy of mine plays bass and really digs Flea's stuff in Chili Peppers. You a big Chili Peppers fan Rakon?
     
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  10. keepithowitis

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    ^and that's once where I've read "soundgraden" as "soundgarden" ;)
     
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    I like this bass
    [​IMG]
     
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  13. madster111

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    Go for an Ibanez 5 string, or a Fender Jazz if you have some money you feel like spending.
     
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  14. Longo_2_guns

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    I'm thinking about it.

    It's still more impressive than the bass.
     
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  15. Wes

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    nooooo

    THINK ABOUT IT

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    I guess this isn't a meme yet cause I have to post the gif.
     
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  16. Longo_2_guns

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    Right. I guess I didn't, er, realize that was what you were referring to.

    And there's never a reason not to post that gif.
     
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  17. Wes

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    I was worried it might've been played out LOL
     
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  18. Rakon

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    Yes. Yes I am. Flea is definitely the most influencial on my playing of any other player.

    Keepit, the only thing is I don't see myself keeping 2 bass guitars, especially if they're both 4 string. The issue is do I upgrade for the sake of upgrading, or just hold on to my money and buy a bunch of video games?
     
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    I get what you're saying, anyone can pick up a bass pluck one note and call it a bass line, but I just hope there is understanding that actually learning to play/playing the instrument requires a decent level of skill.

    @Rakon, depends on how casual you are. Ibanez BTBs are top fucking notch. If you spend more time on video games or just enjoy playing them more, go with that man
     
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    Pictured: The only career job if you pick up the bass. Not pictured, Syphilis, constant stomachache, losing sanity and common sense ... therefore Paradise!

    Bassist rock!
     
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