Beginner - Should I buy a used or a new Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TheBassNoob3, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. TheBassNoob3


    Jul 21, 2009
    I'm about to buy a Fender Squier J-Bass Pack for $552 (Yeah, it's expensive here. But that's how it is.), but my friend has the same bass with another and better Amp, which he wants to sell to me for $286. Its like 2-3 years old, though I need to buy some new strings for it, if I'm buying it.

    What would you recommend for a beginner?


    BTW: I have the money for the new one, and won't be broke if I use $552! :p
  2. Mayers

    Mayers Guest

    Sep 28, 2007
    buy used
  3. that is a better question than most begginer "what bass" questions. Answer: Hell yes save the money. you will need it for peripheral things like strings, straps, cables, beer, tacos, condoms. Come on, becoming a rock star takes a little cash.
  4. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Inactive Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Those packs are AWFUL.

    Used is *always* better. But if you have to buy on credit,

    And those amps that come with those packs are crap - no value at all. Better to get a headphone amp so you can play along with an ipod to learn tunes.
  5. Chipsonfire


    Jul 20, 2007
    Socorro, NM
    +1 for used. Much better deal for the money, and you usually get to try it out first which is always a plus.
  6. bstringrandy

    bstringrandy Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2004
    Jacksonville, FL
    In your case here, I'd say go used!

    Why not spend half the cash to get the same bass that's only been played for a couple of years along with a better amp?

    Save your $$ for the GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) pains that will inevitably follow...:p
  7. scottbass

    scottbass Bass lines like a big, funky giant

    Jul 13, 2004
    Southern MN
    used. no question. A bass is not like a car - it loses whatever value it is going to lose as soon as it is one day old, then stays at that value forever - unless it goes up in value for some strange reason (like vintage Fenders).

    Then take the $266 you are saving, sell that "better amp" you are getting from your friend, and use the extra money to buy a GOOD amp - something with 200 watts or (hopefully) more and at least a 12" speaker. Buy the amp used, too!
  8. warwick.hoy


    Aug 20, 2006
    Spokane, WA.
    Beta Tester: Source Audio.
    That used bass may have a better "broken in" feel to it as well. If you aren't sure your going to stick with it either, better to be out 300 bucks than 550. You could use the leftovers to get yourself a little used multiFX processor (like a zoom B series) and see if your into it.
  9. dalkowski

    dalkowski It's "rout," not "route." Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    +1, amen to that.

    Buy used; you'll be more likely to make your money back if/when you sell it. A new starter bass will only lose resale value.

    Also, take a knowledgeable friend.
  10. used, why not spend half the cash. Then you have some more spending money:p
  11. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Used, yes. Absolutely.
  12. +1 on used
  13. You were correct to ask TB before you did anything at all. This shows great wisdom. The sooner people realize they cannot purchase so much as a replacement strap button without consulting THE FORUM first, the better we as a muscial community will be.
  14. dalkowski

    dalkowski It's "rout," not "route." Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    Does that go for beer, tacos :hyper: and condoms, too?
  15. of course. Hit up the OT and be prepared for a mega thread on any of the three.
  16. bluesy_92


    Aug 25, 2008
    Buy used.

    I'm a beginner, with pro gear. I play a (heavily modded to my specs by the money I saved) Fender Precision bass through a Peavey 215 fullstack. I also have a hardshell case, straplocks, etc.

    By buying gear used/clearance, I have saved so much money it's not even funny. My entire pro-rig cost as much as a beginner might spend. I would never pay full price, when used gear (1973 Peavey 215 -head, cab, speaker cable $400) and clearance sales (last years bass, this years discount, $300) can cost so much less, for the same quality.
  17. Soverntear


    Mar 17, 2008
    go used forsure, both my basses i got used. as for amps, one thing ive noticed is moire and more companys switching out to cheaper manufacturing plans *coughAMPEGcough* and the result is a "new" POS. id say your getting the same bass, and a started amp for the same price go with the cheapness
  18. chubrocker


    May 6, 2006
    USED!! I bought new twice---first bass, then dream bass. Otherwise, USED USED USED!
  19. Mikio


    Feb 21, 2009
    Santiago de Chile
    it's up to you, I mean.... I don't like used stuff in general, lol, so it's hard to me to buy a used bass, first, last or whatever, but if you have no problem with that.... that's definitively your option
  20. Noonan768


    Jul 6, 2009
    St Johns, FL
    Go for the new one..
    Kidding.. Used. They are usually set up, broken in, tweaked.. whatever you want to call it.. As long as your friend didn't abuse it, save your money.. you can put it towards your next bass.