begginer looking for bass guitar suggestions

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by djtonytone, Jun 22, 2020.

  1. djtonytone


    Jun 22, 2020
    Hi everyone,
    My name is Tony. I'm very interested learning the bass.
    I think I'd like to learn with a 4-string (unless you guys disagree?).
    I've been trying to find some used guitars on craigslist and facebook marketplace.

    Can anyone recommend a decent beginner bass please?

    I'm not sure if I should spend the money now on a brand new one or just stick to something simple and cheap?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. slapshot


    Dec 22, 2018
    SE Michigan
    Hi, Tony. Welcome to the Dark Side. If you can provide us more info, we can help better.

    What type of music are you in to? What is your budget? Are you open to buying used? If you're interested in used, do you know an experienced player who would help you check out a used bass? What are your goals?
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  3. djtonytone


    Jun 22, 2020
    I'm really drawn to funk / soul / r&b.
    I'm def open to buying used. I don't think I want to spend more than $500. But if it's justifiable and I know it'll be a piece that will last me a lifetime, I'd be willing to spend a little more.
    I don't know anyone personally that could help me with used equipment other than the local music store. But with covid, I haven't been able to go in and compare in person.

    My goal is to learn enough to be able to play for fun and possibly record on some of the music I record.

  4. Have you seen anything that interests you?
    I'd suggest something well-known like a P- or a J-type bass of any brand.
    Others will suggest their favorite types.
    Should we assume that $500 budget is to include an amplifier? You will need an amp to start and a few accessories like a guitar cable and tuner.
  5. djtonytone


    Jun 22, 2020
  6. slapshot


    Dec 22, 2018
    SE Michigan
    Both of those basses will work for you. I have a 2017 MIM J that I bought new, and love the feel. No experience with Squiers, as the store didn't have one when I bought my J. Lot of players here like the Squiers, and praise them.
  7. bpc


    Mar 29, 2016
    Central Scotland
    That probably won't work very well, or at all. The mic in on the PC will be too sensitive and the line in probably not sensitive enough. The good news though is that something like this:-

    will do the job just fine and let you play your bass through your PC speakers and even let you record it properly on a DAW. You'll notice that these devices are quite inexpensive, that one is in the UK but Amazon US and many other places will have something similar for a similar price more locally for you.

    Once you are good enough to join a band you'll need an amp but the above solution will get you practicing for peanuts.
  8. djtonytone


    Jun 22, 2020
    That's what I meant to say. I have an audio interface with 1/4" inputs. So I could connect to that.

    Thanks everyone!
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