What's a good, cheap bass to begin with?

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Posted by Bob C. on October 22, 2000 at 15:39:56:

I've never played bass before, nor any other instrument, but I've always enjoyed the deep tone of electric bass (especially when played by Les Claypool) and thus I have decided to invest in such a product. So far I've concluded with myself that I don't care for lessons and just want to dink around and maybe buy some books on how to play, so I don't really want anything to expensive. I was thinking a Fender might be good for a beginer but since I don't know anything about basses I came here to ask if anyone would have a suggestion for a good, inexpensive bass. Hmmm, that also reminds me, what different types of basses are there? I know that there are standard and jazz and six string and fretted and fretless but I haven't the slightest clue as to what each is good for and which would be the type I'd want (like something you'd use in a rock band). So, if anyone can help out I'd be most appreciative. Thanks.

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