So, I've got some money, because I sold my half-stack (being that I'm playing bass in my band, I really don't need a half-stack at home, and wasn't using it much, and we're looking at maybe moving into a smaller apartment eventually). Things I need/want (in no particular order) and will be buying:
-Line6 POD X3 or X3 Live (is there any difference feature/sound wise other than the fact that the Live is on the floor and has pedals?)
-6-string bass to be modded for low-F# tuning
Right now, I can afford one, maybe two of these. Dilemma #1: The bass. I can't decide between these:
IBANEZ SR506 6 STRING BASS! ACTIVE ELECTRONICS! on eBay.ca (item 180401574963 end time 05-Sep-09 12:00:00 EDT)
(Pro: great sound and decent feel, Con: I bash Ibanez a lot And I'm not a huge fan of their necks, and it's very different than my Jazz Bass, which is my comfort zone)
Douglas WEB-846 TBL Quilt Top 6-String Bass at RondoMusic.com
(Pro: More jazz bass like, and CHEAP, Con: Basswood...and I can't play before I buy)
Douglas WOB 826 Black at RondoMusic.com
(Pro: Ash body, still cheap, Con: don't really like the way it looks )
Brice Z6 Zebra at RondoMusic.com
(Pro: Ash body, 35"-scale, looks cool, Con: less cheap, means only buying the bass and nothing else right now also can't play first)
ESP LTD BASS GUITAR
(Pro: Specs, plus I liked the feel of the 5-string I played, Con: never played one plugged in, no idea how the pickups/electronics sound, also the less cheap thing )
Or, keeping an eye out on ebay for something else.
The other dilemma is the monitors, but I'll likely just go out and listen to everything in my price range and pick one
As far as I know the X3 and X3 Live are the same, except the obvious floor part, plus some additional ins-outs (Variax plug being one).
I'd wait on the studio monitors until you can drop a fair amount of coin on them. I'm on my 2nd pair of sub-$1000 monitors, and still am far from satisfied. The only monitors I like are sadly more than $1000 (If anyone has monitors they love for less than a grand, do tell).