Hi, I've been lurking on this forum the past few weeks. I just started playing bass a few weeks ago. I stared taking guitar lessons about 5 years ago without having any experience whatsoever. I did so out of curiosity interest, hobby and my son and wife are both play instruments. I've been taking lessons and learned through tabs. I'm in my early 50s.
(BTW, this turned out to be a long thread, apologies in advance)
We formed a band for the fun of it. My daughter sings, my son plays bass, a friend, guitar (along with me), wife on keyboard and my instructor on drums (so he can learn them and expand). We've played some open mics and a few parties but it is nothing serious as we all have real jobs and such.
Well, every August, my instructor puts on a party in front of the studio during a classic car cruise. We've played the previous three years and were going to do so this year. My son is working as a line cook in a country club so could not play, and my daughter's boyfriend, who steps in now and then at bass, couldn't either as he plays in a professional Irish band and they were going to Boston. So we practiced without bass and it didn't sound right so I said, heck, I'll do it. My instructor gave me some intense lessons and I learned the songs were covering for bass. We played the party and I did well... and I liked it.
Now my wife plays keyboard two to three Sundays a month at church with a guitarist and singer. I offered to play bass with them and they accepted. I did so because I found I really get into the instrument when I have a reason to like playing for others, without that, I kind of lose enthusiasm. So I learned the hymns and processional music real quick, keeping it simple and basic. I played this past Sunday and it went well. I'm going to keep on doing this as long as they let me as I learned a bunch in short time.
So, now I need a bass. I'm using my son's Squier Affinity P Bass I bought for him in high school. (He also has a Thunderbird that I just cannot use, I feel like I've been digging a ditch after playing it). It is OK, sounds nice enough but the tone knob does not work. And of course I would rather have my own.
I like Fenders. I have two Mex Strats (my workhorses) and a nice MIA Telecaster. But I play the Strats the most and I am used to that body shape. I've been reading a lot here on the forums. But I figured that I would play for a couple of months at the church and then buy a bass. But Guitar Center sends me a 20% off coupon on Saturday and I have until the 16th to use it... So hmmm. I am interested in the Deluxe PJ Bass that is Mex made: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender-D...52-i3076789.gc
in the black with tortoise shell pick guard. At first I did not like the blocks on the frets but they grew on me and I do like the Jazz neck.
I've looked at the Jazz basses. I played the Squire Vintage Modified and liked it but it might be too punchy for the church. I also thought the knobs felt cheap but the rest of the bass was finished real nice. But the Jazz pick up location is nice and I like the style.
My instructor tells me to go with a BC Rich nec- through. Well, the styles BC Rich has right now aren't for me. He also suggested Carvin but I don't want to spend the money.
The PJ set up is appealing as I should be able to modify the sound for style. Am I right on this?
So what do you guys think? Buy and take advantage of the 20%? Wait until I determine my playing style? BTW, my wife does not want me to buy anything because we have too many guitar cases all over the place (heh).
Thanks in advance for your advice, help and so on, and sorry for the long post.