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Posted by Rich Laird on February 26, 2001 at 13:49:26:
In Reply to: Re: Seeking Advice For Learning Bass Guitar posted by Jim Jacobson on February 26, 2001 at 02:41:51:
: : Hello Guys!
: : I recently have been turned on to the bass guitar and have decided to purchase one to begin learning to play. Currently, I play acoustic steel string guitar and jam unplugged with friends on mainly folk music. Could I please ask you guys for advice on what kind of bass guitar to start on? I have looked at both electric bass and acoustic bass (not the upright kind but the guitar-type). Is an acoustic bass guitar more difficult to play for a beginner? Thanks for your advice.
: Yeah. I would go for what YOU CAN AFFORD in whatever scale neck you like best and make it an electric. Sounds like that is what you want. If you can do with the accoustic bass guitar, well great, but for me it had limited applications. You will be glad if you can get into a decent new or used instrument with an amp with a 15" speaker and at least 150 watts, you can jamm and play some small rooms and not break your back. Don't spend more than you can really afford, then, if possible, WORK your way into your next instrument, otherwise you'll end up like some of us who have spent thousands on equipment because we thought we'd find better girlfriends or whatever and all you will have earned will have been a thousand bucks or so and partied alot. An experience of being able to sustain and accurately cut off notes such as when bowing an instrument is invaluable and really important and it will let you acquire a better feel for what bass lines that are tasty really do and how they should compliment the music. Good Luck. Learn to read!! and jamm, both together can get you a good ways towards developing your own style. enough and later.
Jim's got some good ideas here....you don't need to break the bank to get started and a decent amp is really important. As far as basses go, I would recommend that you look at low-end Yamaha's and Ibanez's. That's not only my opinion but both of them seem to be really popular with other players, too.
Make sure it has a good action and that it doesn't have any hum, or hiss, or dirty pots, etc. - and that goes for your amp, too.
Just one other thing - there's always tons of decent-looking bass equipment on ebay. If your not comfortable with buying stuff without trying it out, etc. that's cool - but I've gotten some nice deals that way. myself. Just make sure you ask the right questions before you bid.
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