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Re: Jazz Bass for Student

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Posted by marcus johnson ( on April 21, 2002 at 13:31:00:

In Reply to: Jazz Bass for Student posted by Jeff Utter on April 19, 2002 at 21:52:06:

: Hi, i'm Currently a highschool student who plays Bass in a few jazz ensambles. I plan on continuing to persue music (and bass) as a career. I plan to attend college for music education, majoring on bass, with a jazz minor. Up until how i have been using my schools instuments, neither of which are in very good condition, and i feel sorry for them, and wish i could help them :P However, i think my next, most important move, would to be to buy an accustic bass of my own (i'm currently a Junior, i'll be going to college in about a year and a half.)

: The problem, thogh, is i don't really know what's a good jazz bass, by this i mean, what brands (i dont' think brands is the correct word here, but you get the point) produce decent jazz basses. Also i'm looking for something reasonably priced ($1-1.5k used). Also what type of strings, bridge setups and whatnot constitute a decent jazz bass.

: My main reason for asking all this, rather then going out and trying, is i live in a VERY rural area, and will probably have to travle hours to find any used uprights for sale, and i want to get an idea of if an instrument should be considered before i make the trip.

: Thanks,
: Jeff Utter

: Hi Jeff; you're in the used plywood range, towards the low end. You can answer a lot of your questions at Bob Gollihur's website, and at TalkBass, where you should look at the newbie links in each category before you pose any questions. Carved basses sound better acoustically in general, though a lot of pros (myself included) use plys for live work because they are durable and amplify well. Bob sells a line of carved basses that come in under $2K that I would be looking at seriously if I were shopping. If it were me, I'd try to arrange for a bit more money, and get to a nearby city where there are more basses available to try before you buy.

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