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Posted by Rich Laird (22.214.171.124) on March 21, 2002 at 21:13:13:
In Reply to: what should i buy posted by jarrett on March 06, 2002 at 16:27:27:
: i'm looking to start to learn how to play bass guitar. I'm 15 and i want a fender i have $400 so do you have any basses that are kickin. I would like a reply in a couple of days or i will have to buy a shitty guitar. peace one luv
Hey Jarret...First thing I want to say is good luck with learning to play - I hope you get in the groove and get rockin' real soon!
Second thing I want to say is - I've been playing upright bass and electric bass for a long time - and I'm a hopeless anti-Fender bigot. So, keep that in mind.
I personally think you can get a much better ax for your money if you get a Yamaha or an Ibanez. If you have a lot of money to spend, that might be different - but you can get a Yamaha or Ibanez that would be great to learn on for a lot less than $400. Maybe later on, when you have developed your own style an dpreferences - and you're ready to really take the plunge - it will be different.
Also, make sure you keep enough bread to get a good amp. Maybe other people have different ideas but my own opinion (bigotted, hard-assed, old fart that I am) is that you need a good, reliable amp. You're going to want to get with other players and jam before you know it - you don't want to be limited to a little practice amp. You might not need awsome power, but you want something you can count on. Crummy amps can be really nasty - they hum, distort, crackle, and totally embarass and depress you.
So don't shoot your wad on a bass and leave yourself without any bread to get a good amp.
Hope that helps, man - and best of luck!
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