Advice for a first bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by timothyandrew, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. timothyandrew

    timothyandrew Guest

    Oct 8, 2008
    Bangalore, India
    Well, I've been playing the bass for a year and a half, but still don't own a bass. Mainly I've just borrowed, or played the one at church, and kept putting this off. Now, I need some advice. :)

    I'm in India, and there isn't much as far as basses go. Most music shops have maybe two yamahas, two ibanezes and a few local brands, and that's it. They can order any bass I want them too, but I'd have to buy the bass without playing this first. In this situation, I guess I have no choice.

    I'm looking to spend around $400-$500. I've narrowed the choices down to either the ESP D-5 or the Ibanez SR505. Any other basses you could suggest in this price range I could look at?

    I play praise & worship, jazz and some rock.

  2. rptrsn2


    Feb 21, 2008
    Northeast Missouri
    Endorsing Artist: Aurora Strings
    Squier!I have an esp they 're not bad.Played a couple ibanezs wasn,t impressed.Used to own fender jazz went to purchase another and ended up with a Squier.Their deluxe and vm series are as good as any fender i tried at guitar center at in some cases a quarter of the price.I'm sure you'll see plenty of arguements aginst that now but read some posts on here from some people that will try them out instead of turning their nose up and walking by.
  3. bassflyer19


    Nov 18, 2008
    i would go with Squier. the quality is really good for a low end brand. also, if you want, a Mexican Standard Fender is about 479 new. they play grat and feel great.
  4. MStrianese


    Jul 26, 2008
    New York
  5. timothyandrew

    timothyandrew Guest

    Oct 8, 2008
    Bangalore, India
    I think I should've mentioned I want a 5-string. Not a good idea to get the ESP?
  6. rptrsn2


    Feb 21, 2008
    Northeast Missouri
    Endorsing Artist: Aurora Strings
    then go with the squier deluxe V active jazz. I own that one and it sound and plays awsome. there is a whole thread devoted to this bass about 20 pages.take a look.
  7. motnamwen

    motnamwen Guest

    Jan 11, 2009
    I have also been playing for 1 year now and looking to spend about £400, but i need a left handed bass. I play a lot o funk and slap, any advise as i really dont know what would be best.
  8. rptrsn2


    Feb 21, 2008
    Northeast Missouri
    Endorsing Artist: Aurora Strings
    the vm jazz is great for that, as well as the deluxe V it has wide string spacing for a 5string which is what drew me to try it cuase i do alot of slap
  9. asis


    Jan 1, 2009
    I own a SR505. I love it! It's very comfortable and it has a slim neck for a fiver. Doesn't weigh much either. This is my "go to" bass at the moment. I call her Elaine :D

    Hmm... I was always told Squires were lame. Could this be the guitar only? please lay down some knowledge.
  10. Actually, the Ibanez SR405 or SR505 would have been my suggestions. You should be able to figure out, over time, what you like and dislike about bass models from those two basses and expand, augment or re-tailor your collection from there.
  11. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Timothy--don't distrust your own judgement. You have played and seen a number of instruments. You are experienced enough to make a good selection. You will no doubt own more than one bass in this life. Find one from what is available that makes you enjoy playing and hearing it. YOUR opinion is what matters. You are a bassist!
  12. The SR505 has a fantastic track record - I'm not a big fan of ESP LTD because of sub-par workmanship on two I've owned. :eyebrow:

    The necks are the same width, but the SR is much thinner front-to-back, and feels better IMO.

    I'd get the SR without a second thought ..... like ^ said the SR405 is real nice too - doesn't have barts, but sounds great too. ;)
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  13. Can you get used stuff in your country?
  14. Eminor3rd

    Eminor3rd BLAAAAARRGGHH!! Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2008
    Peronsally, I like the Ibanez a lot better.
  15. timothyandrew

    timothyandrew Guest

    Oct 8, 2008
    Bangalore, India
    Thank you all for your advice. I have played an SR505 briefly before, but not enough to make up my mind about it. After all these recommendations for an Ibanez though, I think I'd prefer to get that over an ESP (I've never played an ESP bass.)
    Thanks again!

    @MNAirHead: Not really, no.
  16. yamaha

    yamaha Guest

    Apr 7, 2006
    I would also choose Ibanez. Good luck
  17. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    1. Play the different basses.

    2. Take into account the styles of music you're wanting to play and make sure that the bass you choose is versatile enough to get the sounds you're needing.

    3. Trust your ears and hands and go with whichever you like the sound and feel of best and most importantly whichever motivates you to practice more.

    ( Keep in mind that there's a vast majority of avid Fender fans here that will push you toward Fenders (or Squier) basses beyond all others. Their reasoning will be "They're great basses", or "I play one", or "Look how many people play them". None of which mean that they're right for 'you'. Only you an decide what is right for you.)
  18. timothyandrew

    timothyandrew Guest

    Oct 8, 2008
    Bangalore, India
    stflbn: That's exactly my point. I can't play all the basses I'd like to because they aren't available here. Do you think it's better to get a bass I'm sort of happy with, and have played, or a bass I haven't played, but think is better?
  19. Toshiro


    Jul 21, 2004
    Listen, buddy, get on the Fender bandwagon or we're gonna run ya outta town on a rail. Don't say ya haven't been warned. :D

    Seriously, your advice is spot on. OP needs to find a bass that excites them, not what excites us.
  20. herndonbassist

    herndonbassist Low Down Thumper Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2005
    Herndon, VA - NoVa
    Unless the store has an INCREDIBLE return policy on a bass that you have to order and pay up front for, I would HIGHLY recommend that you buy one that you have played. The Ibanez SRs are fabulous basses, and for those recommending the Fenders, please keep in mind that a) in India, they're not going to be priced the same and b) they have a MUCH wider spacing than the Ibanez SRs. I have owned several Ibanezes and Fenders, and think that you'd be happier with the Ibanez. That being said, there's NOTHING wrong with any Yamaha 5 that you might like. Seriously trust YOU'RE judgment, even though you don't feel like you've played very long. Jim's right that this is likely not going to be the only bass you'll ever own. Buy the one that feels and sounds best to you today, and don't second guess yourself.