Opinions please

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassDoc51, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. BassDoc51


    Dec 20, 2011
    Mankato, MN
    My "soon to be 12 years old" neice has recently taken an interest in music and now she wants a bass. I would love to be able to drop a couple grand on some good gear for her, but that's just not going to happen. So my dilemma is this: As much as I hate to do it, she is getting a bass pack. I live 800 miles away, and I want to make sure she has everything she needs to plug in and play when the box arrives. I have narrowed it down to two, but now I'm asking for opinions in getting it down to one. Should I go with the Squire Affinity bass pack or an Ibanez IJXB150B Jumpstart bass pack? Thanks for your help.
  2. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    Both are good beginner packages. Ibanez generally has thinner necks and has some color options that Fender does not offer. I use MIA Fenders but when it comes to the lower priced basses, I prefer Ibanez.
  3. Wallace320


    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    better bass and better amp

  4. AuntieBeeb


    Dec 12, 2010
    Don't know what the Yamaha's like, but my guess would be that your not-yet-12-yr-old niece isn't a particularly big girl, and importantly doesn't have huge hands. Of the Squier and the Ibanez, I'd have thought the slender-necked Ibanez would be a better option to learn on.

    Unless there's a short-scale option (assuming the Ibanez isn't already short-scale), of course. My first bass was a little Squier Bronco, and whilst nowadays I find 30" basses too small, I don't know if I'd have got this far if I'd started on a 34" Precision!
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  6. Wallace320


    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    Auntie is right

    I just opted for an alternative I know well, and sticked to regular 34" scale basses
    Infact packs come with regular 34" basses only, I think (but counteropinions are warmly welcome...) yet I'd opt for Ibanez Mikros at this point... They're basswood basses credited of a bit less than 30" scale (actually they're 28,60" like former MIM Fender Precision jr... I got one) and come in both 4er and 5er
    So give'em a go

    Ibanez Mikro (4er or 5er) plus a 10" 15w Ibanez SoundWave...

  7. lug


    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx