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Re: New Bass or new Amp?

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Posted by MarkMJ ( on January 29, 2004 at 17:41:08:

In Reply to: Re: New Bass or new Amp? posted by Doug on January 26, 2004 at 07:09:59:

:Having played bass now for more than twenty years and owned more than thirty different bass guitars, I can honestly say that in 99 cases out of a 100, a 1000 bass almost certainly doesn't produce a sound that is 3 times better than a 300 bass. I have 'downgraded' my basses now, owning a Mexican Fender Jazz V and two 4 string Jazz copies. Better to find a half decent 'budget' guitar and upgrade the pick-ups, bridge etc than spend a fortune on a top flight guitar.
:Amps are a totally different kettle of fish. I used to play through a Crate rig, 300W head and 2 X 15" cab and couldn't get a punchy sound that would cut through when playing live. I now use a Trace Elliot 1215, a 300W combo with a single 15" driver in a ported enclosure. This amp 'kicks ass'. I can get such a wide range of tones using the onboard valve pre-amp stage, 12 band graphic and dual band compressor, anything from a razor sharp pop and slap setting to a mellow vintage motown setting.
:I suggest you concentrate on upgrading your amp. A good amp and good technique will sound good whatever you're playing on.
:Mark, Sedgley, England

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