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Posted by Mickster ( on July 12, 2002 at 08:09:25:

In Reply to: A few questions... posted by Bass rookie on July 11, 2002 at 20:04:11:

: I am 17 years old and I am just starting to play bass. And I had a few questions...

: 1. What would be a good beginner bass?
: 2. How the hell do you know which basses are good and which aren't?
: 3. Is there a website I can go to where I can learn tabs and notes and the basics of bass and what not?

: Thank you.

Bass Rookie, here are a few answers.
1) Without spending a fortune, I'd recommend any of the MIM (Made in Mexico) Fender basses, either the Precision or the Jazz. The P-bass goes for about $350 and the Jazz about $385. Any of the low to mid priced Yamahas are good. If you have a little less to spend, the Squire basses are also good. What's your budget?

2) Most instruments on the market are of pretty good quality overall. You can get a lemon even if you spend a ton of money, but, this is more the exception than the rule. As for which basses sound good, this is completely subjective.

3) Check out and/or for help with your last question.

BTW, I do own a MIM Fender Jazz bass and a Yamaha BBN5 II 5 string bass. If you want to see what's out there, go to: It's a big online retailer. Take some time and go through the whole site and see what catches your eye. Then, if you want to know about a particular bass just come back here and ask us.

Good luck.

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