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Eric Heisman and the Formation
 
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Eric Heisman and the Formation's SoundClick blog - a bass guitar question, want new but under $400,...?
I was pouring over the music instrument websites looking for a bass guitar last night. I want a bass but am not in the market for anything more than a few hundred dollars. I am wondering if a $250 four string is a better grab than a $350 five string.

I've never owned a five string but when bass was my main instrument, i had gone the distance to play the Music Man i bought in 1996. now, decades later, i am thinking i need a bass for recording these new original songs i am putting together. Any thoughts on my dilemma? do i keep it cheap and grab a four or do i splurge for a five even still shopping with under $400?

anyway, have a lovely eveing and if you are posting new music, please let me know in the comments so i can visit your page and help you get those numbers up smile :) j
posted by Eric Heisman and the Formation on Thu Dec 7, 2017 @ 05:17 PM     2 comments    post a comment
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Hiya! As far as buying an instrument, my advice is to do whatever you want! All my songs have been recorded on instruments retail priced under $300 (I believe), and that I paid less that $200, perhaps even less that $150 for.

I find that your rig matters quite a lot when it comes to the sound-- don't get me wrong, instrument MATTERS. But with the right rig and even a $100 trash guitar, you can make great sounding songs assuming you know how to record and mix well. However, with the wrong rig and even a $3000 guitar, all your songs are doomed to only sound so good.

I guess the best way to explain it would be instrument affects tone and playability, but your rig affects your entire sound as a whole. It's like the difference between changing all the hues slightly in a painting, verses changing the entire color palette drastically. Some may disagree with this. But this just seems to be my experience.

But for a cheap bass recommendation (if you're wanting to go really cheap) then I recommend the Squier Bronco Bass. I have a red and white one, and it's definitely nothing fancy, but it's gotten the job done satisfactorily on all my songs

Also, my band is Emotional Relation and I am JUST ABOUT to post my music in a few moments. If you want to check us out, I recommend the song At the Time of Your Death or "Fall & Return (You'll See)"!

I wish you the best!

Stephen
:: posted by StephenWendt on Wed Dec 13, 2017 @ 07:50 PM   
Thanks, Stephen! I have found similar experiences regarding rig and instrument. i listened to some of the beats on your page, very nice! I'll check back in soon for more listening!

My collaborating buddy recommended a Squier, too, the other night while we added tracks and mastered some. he has recently bought a Squier J that is wonderful sounding with his amp - which thanks for the idea! i need to shop for an amp as well, as feeding a bass through the recorder without a nice amp has not served me well, my four track is a mini-sort a tascam 401 i think is it's model number.

Have fun creating sounds! j
:: posted by Eric Heisman and the Formation on Sat Dec 16, 2017 @ 05:22 PM   
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