Posted by Scott Bassett on July 16, 2000 at 13:16:39:
In Reply to: What Brand? posted by Davidnssbm on July 16, 2000 at 12:44:46:
In the lower price ranges, try Ibanez, Yamaha, Dean, Peavey, Fender. Each offers 4 and 5 strings that are affordable. Personally, I like Ibanez because I have small hands. The Ibanez neck is thin and the string spacing is fairly narrow. I have a much harder time playing a Fender. The P-bass neck is too wide and the Jazz bass body is too large and heavy. However, many people think the Mexican-made Fender standard Jazz bass is the best buy available, so by all means give it a try in both 4 and 5 string versions. I have been impressed with the quality of the Dean, Peavey, and Yamaha basses I have played in music stores. I thought the Yamaha's had the edge in tone (at least for what I play - jazz and pop standards), but that is also very amp-dependent. Having said all that, for the price of a new entry-level bass, you could take a step-up to a semi-pro used instrument that would last you years (if not an entire career). I have purchased only used basses, and I am not sure I will ever buy a new one.
: im still deciding on a 4 or 5 string, but what brand should i get? what is a good one for begginers, but not just for starters, on that is good enough to use when you get pretty good?
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