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Beginner bassist needs help.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by halifax27, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. halifax27


    Apr 16, 2010
    Im trying to find a good but something not too pricey bass to play. I actually found two options:
    yamaha rbx170j
    washburn xb120
    which do you think is better?
  2. Emprov


    Mar 19, 2003
    I think that either of those basses would work as long as they've been properly set up. If you're able to play them first, I'd spend a few minutes on each and buy the one that seems to be calling your name the loudest.
  3. corinpills


    Nov 19, 2000
    Boston, MA
    A little practical advice, take it with a grain of salt. Ideally, you will progress on your beginner instrument to the point where you'll want to sell it and upgrade to a better instrument. Either that or you won't and you'll give up and want to sell it. The re-sell value on the two instruments you mentioned is very low. If you stick to a used Fender Mexican bass, you'll be able to re-sell it for just about what you paid for it and there are a lot of options for upgrading the instrument as you go along.

    Best of luck to you.
  4. +1
  5. gttim


    Dec 12, 2009
    Atlanta, GA

    This what I did. There are some great deals on Ebay, and probably all over the place. People are pulling stuff out of closets all over and selling them in this economy. Buyers market. I picked up a MIM P and a MIM Deluxe Special P for stupid prices.

    I love the Precisions. When I upgrade,it will be to a MIA P.
  6. sweetcharlie454


    Apr 16, 2010
    I don't know exactly how fully your heart is set on those two basses, but i would fully recommend Ibanez's soundgear series. It was my first bass and i still have it today, for a more than fair price.
  7. Emprov


    Mar 19, 2003
    Good point.
  8. sweetcharlie454


    Apr 16, 2010
    I am a big fan of Mex-Fender basses, I've had no problems with my 5-string Jazz, got it for $250 with a gig bag....the only weak point is the electronics, not nearly as much "top end" as the Americans.
  9. JBass1


    Dec 6, 2005
    If you're not a Fender fan (like me) I'd recommend the Ibanez SR series. Fantastic beginning basses and you can find used ones cheap.
  10. JBass1


    Dec 6, 2005

    Sorry I didn't see this...but yes - Ibanez SR (soundgear) is definitely one to check out
  11. Livewire

    Livewire Yahtzeeee

    Nov 13, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY

    My first bass was an Ibanez, it was a great bass to learn, practice, and beat up on. Sometimes I wish I still had it instead of the ex :meh:
  12. XtheDeadPawn


    May 24, 2008
    I'd say get the RBX believe me I got one. PM me with any questions you have I'll be happy to help you.
    I've been playin' awhile now.
  13. alirazz


    Jun 30, 2009
    Chambana, IL
    I have a semi-related question. I currently play an Ibanez Gsr 200 and since I'm having to move continuously between 2 different countries, I think it's time to get a new bass.

    I'm looking for one in the $600-1000 range and it has to have a neck profile that's similar to the gsr 200 with a rosewood fretboard, any suggestions?

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