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Posted by Keith on October 02, 2000 at 06:19:58:

I'm new to the bass, although I've played guitar for some 25 years. One thing I discovered in all those years is that one of the fastest ways of becoming proficient with an instrument is not only to seek out lessons, but also to buy the best gear you can afford....i.e., if you are spending a lot of time tuning, fixing, tweaking on your instrument/amp...well, you'll certainly become a competent technician, but you'll pay the price in abilities...or, most the time, a person will simply give up because it becomes more of a job than pleasure...this, of course, is simply my opinion. With that said, I am asking you more experienced players to guide myself and others on our journey. What would you suggest would be the best, not in terms of money but in playablility, as the ideal bass and amp combo to start out with? In the amp category, I would say most of us are interested at a beginners level with the "bedroom" sized amp, we won't be needing 300 to 400 watt amps. I myself prefer tube amps for the tone, is there any available in say the 25 to 40 watt range? As far as instruments, I learned that that G&L, Ibanez, Yamaha the Mex Fenders among a few, make exceptionally fine instruments and a person can find them on the used markets for real bargains...I'm a G&L fan myself, so I was thinking of finding a used SB2.

I'd like to thank all inputs to this post...your experience will be greatly appreciated...........Keith

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