Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on November 16, 2001 at 05:23:25:
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!
To answer your questions:
1) If you can find a music store that has a rental program, it's probably worth looking into, depending on the details.
If you want to buy, I'd look for a used bass or an inexpensive good quality one, rather than a "cheap" one; generally, you can find used ones fairly reasonably priced, and he can always move up to a better one. There *are* some very good basses that can be had for $100 and up, though, so that's definitely an option.
2) His hands aren't adult size *yet*; that "yet" is a fairly strong one, too, because he's just about at that "teenage growth spurt" point (if he hasn't started already).
A short-scale bass (30" scale length as opposed to the regular 34" scale) would be an option; Fender has the Bronco, Epiphone has the EB-0, I think Danelectro has some, and other manufacturers make them, as well. They're good for small hands, but a *lot* of short-scale basses are used by guitarists who double on bass, rather than beginners.
Hope that helps!
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