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Re: buying new bass what shud i look for?

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Posted by blunderbass ( on May 09, 2004 at 08:23:38:

In Reply to: buying new bass what shud i look for? posted by annie on May 07, 2004 at 22:10:38:

: ive decided to take up bass and are looking for one tomorrow. what makes up a good bass , wood, pickup, etc? i dont want to get ripped off at the music store. also wondering if i shud get a sheap bass or a fender i think im going to play for awile since ive ALWAYS wanted to learn. please respond! AIM idreamoftomatoes

there are people around here with a lot more knowledge than me - but this is my advice of what to look for:
Sound - play through a proper bass amp in the shop - the sound you will have to live with every time you play, so you must be happy with that
Comfort - the bass must be comfortable to hold and play. Sit down and rest it on your knee.
The rest will be argued about until you are fully confused - pickup types, active/passive, four/five string, Fender/other.
In my limited experience, most instruments with a 'name' are decent quality, don't worry too much about that.
Finally, as you learn to play you will also learn about the instrument; then what you will know better what you want out of your bass - 50/50 what you first bought might not be 'it'; many people seem to have a life time of reaching for the perfect bass.
most of all - have fun!!

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