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    Quote Originally Posted by jim777 View Post
    Respectfully disagree. Sire is the way to go over Squire.

    https://www.sire-usa.com/product-category/bass/
    Never heard of them, dont think they exist over here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    Never heard of them, dont think they exist over here.
    iirc they're just sold as "Marcus Miller" basses in Europe. I know Thomann have them.

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    The Ibanez SR's are solid basses and Yamaha make some decent stuff too. I've recently picked up a Warwick Rockbass, which thorougly kicks arse. They're around £300 used here, dunno about there.
    I'm so metal I shit bats

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    You never actually mentioned your budget, just that you want something "budget friendly". What budget? If you need one for a year or more get something used and decent. Go on Talkbass and look around, search on "budget bass" but remember going in there is no such thing as a "bass for metal". If you need something short term and better than decent, borrow one from a friend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jim777 View Post
    Go on Talkbass and look around, search on "budget bass" but remember going in there is no such thing as a "bass for metal".
    As a guitarist who sometimes plays bass, I think that's the main thing that confuses me as well - P and J basses, Musicman, Rickenbacker, Warwick, etc. all have very different pickup types, but all seem to be useable for metal. It's not like with guitar where you can make general statements like "humbuckers are better for metal" and be reasonably accurate. It seems each pickup type has its own "voice", and it's mainly down to which you prefer, not necessarily matching the instrument to a particular style.

    Then again, I could be massively overthinking this, and there could be a JBA5150 equivalent for basses too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    The Ibanez SR's are solid basses and Yamaha make some decent stuff too. I've recently picked up a Warwick Rockbass, which thorougly kicks arse. They're around £300 used here, dunno about there.
    I've seen a few in these parts that were floating around the $400 range, so I'd say it's pretty close

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    Honestly, I've mostly been tracking with a Squier 5-string P bass with J-bass electronics. It's a super cheap bass... but actually doesn't sound half bad. At some point I should probably buy something nicer, but for now, if it ain't broke...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew View Post
    Honestly, I've mostly been tracking with a Squier 5-string P bass with J-bass electronics. It's a super cheap bass... but actually doesn't sound half bad. At some point I should probably buy something nicer, but for now, if it ain't broke...
    A P bass is passive one pickup, one volume, one tone. J is passive 2 pickups, 2 volumes, one tone. How are the electronics setup on your bass?

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