Posted by Pete on December 14, 2000 at 01:13:50:
In Reply to: Re: Good beginning bass? posted by Derek on December 05, 2000 at 22:44:59:
: : 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!
: i think the fenders made in mexico are excellent first instruments... they are inexpensive and you won't necessarily outgrow them quickly. other recommendations would be yamaha and ibanez. check pawn shops and music stores for used gear, but stay away from cheaply made instruments that are priced high in order to fool you into thinking they are high quality. hope this helps...
I agree about the Mexican-made fenders - you can get an active 5-string for around $400 in some stores,and in my opinion, they sound great. Even the music store salesmen will acknowledge this. My first bass was a Ventura shortscale EB3 copy. I loved it until the neck started to wobble in every direction. Now I play an Ibanez ATK305, which is also a great bass (if a little bulky) for the money (under $700, including hard case).
I'm new to this forum. Thanks for letting me give some input. - Pete
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