Re: Good beginning bass?

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Posted by Emptyeye on December 04, 2000 at 14:54:15:

In Reply to: Good beginning bass? posted by Alison on December 04, 2000 at 11:48:51:

: Sorry for such a simple question on a board that is clearly populated with actual musicians....but I was wondering if you all had recommendations on a good instrument/gear for me to start with. Not crazy expensive, but also not something that I'll regret buying as soon as I know anything at all about the instrument.... I couldn't be any more of a beginner, so any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Hi Alison. Welcome to the boards. As Mickster said, it's always nice to see girls (And guys for that matter) getting into bass. :)
To answer your actual question NOTE: I like simple questions. I can answer them), as both previous posters said, Fender's Mexican Jazz bass is a good buy, at about *Consults Musician's Friend Catalog* $300 (Note that I'm assuming you live in the U.S.), and plays pretty nicely at that. So is Squier's Affinity P-Bass, at about $149.
Of course, I don't know exactly how much equipment you have, so you may want to look into the Affinity P-Bass Pack, which gives you everything you need to get started--Bass, gig bag, 15-watt Amplifier, video, cord, and strap, for $329. Note that I've never played the Affinity P-bass, though I've messed around with the Jazz bass, and it plays really well for the price.
Oh, and here's a quick lesson so you know what I'm talking about--the difference between Fender and Squier, Mexican and American, etc:
Basically, Fender has two manufacturing plants: one in Mexico, the other in America, California I think. To find out where a particular bass is made, just look on the headstock (Where you tune the bass) should say where the bass is made. If you can't find it, just look at the price tag; the American models usually cost several hundred dollars more (Though I'm told they're worth it, I wouldn't know myself).
The Squier line of basses is basically Fender's "Economy Line", if you will. They do some stuff to the Fender models, I'm not sure what (I don't mean bad things; most likely "stripping down" the bass, if you will, to cut down on cost) to bring the prices down further.
My first "real" bass was an Ibanez SR-300, which I got for $320 at a local music store. I miss that bass....ah well.
Hope this helped. :) Oh, and Mickster. Pictures man! Pictures! :P

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