Need help with first bass
Hello everyone I'm currently a drummer but lately I have found myself drawn towards bass. I'd like to start playing and understanding the role of a bass player better but with all the options I'm a bit lost. I've been looking around for a good starter bass in the $250-$400 range and I found these if any of you have experience with one or all of these your input would be greatly appreciated.
Intended use: I just want to get started most of what I will be playing with friends will be more along the line of metal/hardcore but want something suited for jazz/funk as well since that is more of the route I'd like to go as a bass player.
What I have found:
Spector Performer Electric Bass Guitar
Basswood body construction
High gloss finish
1-piece rock maple neck construction
34" scale length
Pearl dot neck inlays
SpectorŽ performer bridge
Passive tone circuit
Bridge pickup: EMG SSD™
Neck pickups: EMG SSD™
Ibanez ATK200 Electric Bass Guitar
ATK4 3-piece bolt-on maple neck
Rosewood fretboard with pearl dot inlays
ATK4 chromed bridge
CAP double humbucker with 3-position switch
ATK N2 onboard EQ
Maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
40mm standard nut
Thin, U-neck contour
24 XJ frets
ESP DB-4 bridge
ESP SB-4 (B&N) pickups w/ESP ABQ-2 2-band active EQ
Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Bass Guitar
Solid hardwood body
34″ full scale maple neck (rosewood fingerboard with some finishes)
Medium jumbo frets
Satin tinted neck finish
Narrow 38 mm nut width
Low noise humbucking pickup
2-band onboard active preamp, cut & boost
Large heavy duty bass bridge with full adjustments
Easy access truss rod adjuster
6-bolt super strong neck joint
Top-mounted, heavy duty output jack
They are all aesthetically pleasing to me so that doesn't matter I'm just wondering if any of you have advise on one or all and how they preform and hold up over time and their tones. I have no idea what I'm doing haha.
Thanks for your time and patience.
My first bass was a Spector NS2000/4 (kind of like the first one in your post, slightly different shape.) They're really comfortable to play, and pretty versatile tonally.
I'd go for either the Spector or the ATK. If you can find any of these at a Guitar Center or wherever might sell them locally, try them out.
The ATK is pretty versatile for what you are doing and sounds damn good. Solid bass all around. No experience with Spector tho.
Best Cheap Bass on the market today:
Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Series - $279.99 at Sam Ash
Either the SUB or the Ibanez ATK. Both work well for the metal/hardcore (I play an Ibanez SR300 in a metalcore band) and the bridge pickups will work well for the funky jazz
I would recommend getting a passive bass with a simple control layout (volume and tone) as a your first bass. less things to fiddle with means more time focusing on playing, and less time trying to get the tone right, not to mention no batteries to worry about. less is more
If it is an option, my advice is to postpone your first bass purchase as long as you can. If you can borrow one from a friend to start learning on, you'll be in a better position later to try out new ones in a store and determine what you like or don't like about them, and you can make a better decision about what to spend your money on. Plus, if (in the unlikely event) you decide after a month or two that bass isn't really for you after all, it won't have cost you anything.
make sure it looks good to you, as in pleasing to YOUR eye. if you like the way it looks, you are more likely to play it more, with greater enthusiasm.
Get the Spector dude, you won't regret it. They make solid instruments, durable, look awesome and sound even better.
But that is just me :)
LTD for me, nice fast neck, easy to play and good sounds too.
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