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Posted by Rich Laird on February 15, 2001 at 13:36:45:
In Reply to: Re: equipment posted by Asbestos Man on February 14, 2001 at 23:57:28:
: : Hi, I am a trumpet player who just started playing bass. I know that equipment is
: : a factor that everybody faces at any level. I was wondering when I decide to buy
: : that special bass, what kind of woods should I check out? Also, I would like to
: : know the differences between the woods as far as sound and etc. is concerned?
: : I go to different websites and they just talk about where the woods came from
: : instead of what they'll actually do for a player. Help?
: You should really buy a fairly cheap bass first. Shop around in the $500 rage and get one that feels comfortable to play. That's the most important thing, at least as first. After a while of testing basses and learning what feature you prefer you can choose the right bass for yourself.
Yeah.....just throwing another opinion in here...I think that's really good advice. I don't think you even have to spend $500 to get a good bass for starting out. Yamaha and Ibanez would be good brands to look at for a first instrument....I'm sure there are other good ones, too.
Man, ebay is just dripping with inexpensive basses all the time. I don't know how you feel about buying stuff "sight unseen", but there's some great deals to be had.
Just make sure it has a nice action and that it doesn't have any crappy hum, hiss or other electronic noise problems. And get a fairly decent amp. I wouldn't be surprised if your better off with a basically adequate bass and a really good quality amp - just to get started.
Practice amps are usually like 20-30 watts. But if you're planning to play with other folks fairly soon, you might want like a 90-100 watt combo amp. I haven't tried a lot of amps lately myself...but people seem to think that SWR is making really good stuff these days, or maybe Trace Elliot or Gallien-Kruger. Hartke equipment is a little less expensive...and Peavey's not bad either.
And keep learning about instrument, the various woods, pickups and all that. A lot of it is personal taste for sound, feel, and action - you oughta develop your own preferences before shooting your wad on one of those fine tonewood basses.
Hope that helps
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