Re: First bass guitar?

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Posted by Tim Schnautz on April 08, 2000 at 17:00:35:

In Reply to: Re: First bass guitar? posted by El Pájaro on April 06, 2000 at 10:27:15:

: : I am wanting to purchase my first bass guitar, but I need a few pointers as what Make/Model, 4/5 string, Amp etc. I should be looking for?

: : I would be greatful for any advice or tips!!

: Hey there,
: The best advice I can give is this: search only for gear that suits your needs and taste. Try as much basses and amps as you can in the price range you are intended to spend and USE YOUR EARS. The only gear that will be best for you is the gear that sounds best to you.
: Bass-wise, look also for comfort an ease of playing. Some basses will suit your phisical contexture fine, and some others will feel like you're wrestling against them. Four or five strings? That's entirely up to you, and it's something you'll want to decide after evaluating your needs and the goals you aspire to achieve.
: Amp-wise, bring your needs and goals to the picture, too. Use your ears first and foremost and also look for enough power to cut through in a band situation. Think about portability as well.
: I should stress again the importance of judging any piece of gear based on what it sounds like to you only. Listen to other players' specific advice, but don't take that as gospel, either. Seek after ther gear YOU like the best and you'll be on your way.
: Hope this helps.
: Buena suerte and keep your bass up front in the mix.

I'd like to add onto what EL has to say... Don't forget that there is alot of good used stuff out there too, and my advice is concerning new and used, play about as many as you can stand, pick something that feels good, has good action and tone. When looking at used stuff It doesn't hurt to take somebody with experience with you that knows something about guitars. like , is the neck good?, do the controls work?
This all helps. AND even though the bass may be used, sometimes you can score some killer deals. don't be afraid of an off brand used bass. soem of them play better than high dollar ones...
Tim Schnautz

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