Looking to buy a good bass and amp within a $400-600 price range? Any suggestions?
The best thing is to try some out in stores and decide what you like. But for suggestions, I would normally say split your money evenly between the bass and the amp, though it depends on what context you'll be playing in; if you're just practicing in your bedroom, you don't need much of an amp, but if you're playing gigs, you NEED a certain amount of volume and may need to skimp on the bass to get a strong enough amp. With $600 max budget, I'd suggest getting a Squier from the vintage modified or classic vibe lines. There are several models, all running around $300 - personally I like the full-scale Jaguar. For an amp, look for a combo with 100 watts. I'd suggest going to www.carvin.com and getting one of their micro bass combos - the MB10 is about $300 (shipping will run you over budget some), it has 200 watts but only a 10-inch speaker, but you can get an extension cab for more gig volume later and it will be fine for practice and jams in the meantime.