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Re: HELP! 10 year old wants to play bass

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Posted by Matt on November 18, 2001 at 21:31:56:

In Reply to: HELP! 10 year old wants to play bass posted by Valerie on November 15, 2001 at 21:49:05:

: I have a 10 year old god-son who is interested in playing electric bass. He seems serious because he has been talking to his mom about it for the last 2 months. There is a friend of his who is playing electric guitar.

: 1) Should I buy him a "cheap" bass or try to rent one to see if he really likes it?

: 2) What make/model should I get him. He's only 10. What "size" bass do we get him. His hands are not adult size.

: Please help. Thanks!

As others have suggested, a rental program would be good, or a rent-to-buy program would also be good. (My mom rented me a trumpet and a flute before I realized I was a bass player). I also agree with the used decent vs. the new cheapo. A new cheap bass can be discouraging to play.

If his hands aren't too small I would lean toward a long scale bass(34"). If he stays with the instrument he'll want a long scale bass within a year or two anyway. Good Luck.

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