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

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Posted by Mickster on October 23, 2000 at 16:46:40:

In Reply to: What's a good, cheap bass to begin with? 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.

Hey Bob,what's up?

Firstly,so I don't repeat myself over and over,go down this page
to a posting by a guy named Aaron entitled "Need some serious help".
This was posted on 10/12/00.Read my,and the other guys' responses,but
for now,let's start with money.When you say not too expensive I'll
asume less than $500.00.When some people say "I don't want to spend too
much" they mean $200.00;others say "I only have $1,000.00 to spend,so I'll
split the difference.For about $250.00 you can get some of Yamaha or Ibanez'
entry level basses,and believe me they're good instruments.No bells and
whistles,but good.Also Fender puts out an economy line called Squire.Also
good.If you want to go to about $350.00 you can get one of Fenders low end
basses which are made in Mexico.Also very good.I bought one in July.As you
aproach $500.00 everything starts to get real nice.As I stated in the earlier
response to Aaron, go to each manufacturer's web site.Their entire lines will
be there.Also pickup a copy of Bassplayer magazine,it's crammed with ads,advise
and reviews.Most basses now have two pickups,so you'll get a variety of
sounds.You can use almost any bass for any type of music.My advise(humbly
offered)start with Country music.It's easier to follow than other types of
music thus easing you into "The Bass player's world".

Hope this helped,The Mickster

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