Gibson is one of the most well-known and best respected names in guitars, and so it is with great pride that I present this link to gibson bass guitars. Of course all musicians know that a lot of the sound comes from the amplifier you use and I can safely suggest Crate amps (although you are sure to find your own favorite). It has that deep, low-end sound most bassists prefer, especially for heavy metal. Pedals are a big component in electric guitars but I have no idea how important they are to the bass. Either way, a quality bass guitar is your first step toward getting the sound you are looking for.