1. Welcome to TalkBass 2014! If you're new here, we just went through a major site upgrade. Please post all concerns and bugs to the Forum Usage Issues forum. We will be monitoring that forum. Thank you for all of your feedback.

    The TalkBass iphone/android app is NOT WORKING currently. We're working on it. Tapatalk IS working, so if you need to use an app, use Tapatalk. Try using your browser though - TalkBass is now 100% responsive to your phone/tablet screen size ;)

    Please read the TalkBass 2014 FAQ for lots of great info on the new software.

what bass should i get?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dawsonabd, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. dawsonabd

    dawsonabd

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2013
    Likes Received:
    0
    im thinking of getting a bass, it will be my first one and im looking for something thats under 700. i play mostly beatles and i will be playing in my school band, so nothing to crazy... any ideas?
  2. MoscowRadio

    MoscowRadio

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2012
    Likes Received:
    0
    If you like the Beatles you should look for Hofner copies, I think Epiphone has a nice one within your price range.
  3. dawsonabd

    dawsonabd

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2013
    Likes Received:
    0
    ya i was looking at some of the violin basses but i dont think i want one, the hofner club looks pretty nice and there is one model for 5 or 600
  4. mjac28

    mjac28 50th Anniversary Ed Sullivan February 9, 1964 Gold Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2010
    Likes Received:
    9
    Get a used Hofner CT and be done put some labella Beatle flats on it and she will sing "I wanna hold your hand" all night long.
  5. MoscowRadio

    MoscowRadio

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2012
    Likes Received:
    0
    You could also go for Mexican Fender or G&L Tribute, those basses go for about 700$ new and 400-500$ used.
  6. Mikio

    Mikio

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2009
    Likes Received:
    0
    Epiphone Les Paul special, the best bass of it's kind.
  7. dawsonabd

    dawsonabd

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2013
    Likes Received:
    0
    im going for that vintage kind of look and sound but i dont really want to copy paul mccartney... a hofner would be nice
  8. mjac28

    mjac28 50th Anniversary Ed Sullivan February 9, 1964 Gold Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2010
    Likes Received:
    9
    Well playing mostly Beatles?... for that price range a Ric is out of the question if you are playing more in your High School Band than at home I would recommend Moscow's suggestion and you could also pick up a used Honer Icon which has that wonderful Hofner thump as well.
  9. MoscowRadio

    MoscowRadio

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2012
    Likes Received:
    0
    I think a Fender Modern Player Telecaster Bass would be right up your alley.
  10. TMBTC

    TMBTC Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2009
    Likes Received:
    0
    a blue one!
  11. dawsonabd

    dawsonabd

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2013
    Likes Received:
    0
    i think id be playing more often at home than for the school band, songs like please please me and their earlier music. i thiknk a hofner would be a good choice,,, im getting a band started up and i think it would suit the style of music i want to play
  12. mcm

    mcm

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2007
    Likes Received:
    0
    Start with the basics. Get a pbass
  13. glorth2

    glorth2

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2006
    Likes Received:
    0
    This, maybe a Squire.
  14. Diesel Kilgore

    Diesel Kilgore

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2012
    Likes Received:
    0
    A nice P bass will serve you well. Don't really know about the quality of the Squier Affinity's these days. But for about a hundred more you could get a nice VM Squier P. Or for about 25 less then an Affinity you could get a VM Jaguar which is essentially a P bass in a different body style. Nice thin Jazz neck on them as well. Short or long scale.
  15. JCheung

    JCheung Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2013
    Likes Received:
    0
    +1 for a squier precision, maybe a classic vibe series
  16. gareth dunster

    gareth dunster

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2009
    Likes Received:
    0
    A violin bass has got a lot of character, not totally in a good way. Unless you're setting up a tribute band get something that will fit in in any band, like a pbass
  17. JoeWPgh

    JoeWPgh

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2012
    Likes Received:
    1
    You should hit a guitar shop and check some basses out. There's a big difference between a 34" inch scale and a 30ish. If you have average to large hands, I'd second the Squir recommendation. If you have very small hands, check out some of the short scale basses.
  18. lolmont

    lolmont

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2013
    Likes Received:
    0
    Squire P bass or Squire Mustang if you think you'd be more comfortable with a short scale.

Share This Page