A local store has a web page for buying a bass for your kid. Here's the link: TIPS FOR PARENTS WHO ARE CHOOSING AN ELECTRIC BASS FOR A CHILD OR TEEN: - Spaceman Music The article is pretty good overall but the bolded part gets me: Consider a used instrument. Particularly when buying a birthday or Christmas gift, some parents feel that a present has to be brand new. However, with musical instruments, the stigma that some people associate with buying used goods does not apply. When professional bassists go shopping for instruments, they will often try out used vintage instruments, because they know that older instruments tend to have better tone and better workmanship. I totally agree with buying used but it's wrong to say that old tends to be better. I hope well-meaning parents aren't mislead by this blanket statement.