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Buying a bass [beginner]

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by erithos, Jan 13, 2012.


  1. erithos

    erithos

    Jan 13, 2012
    Hey, I'm interested in learning the bass. I saw a couple of them and had a few questions.

    First of all, which one of these guitars is a good all-rounder that I preferably would not need to upgrade in a short while.

    Ibanez.com | Basses | GSR200

    The ESP Guitar Company | 2011 USA Website

    Also, a couple of my friends said that esp guitars are mostly used for rock/metal? Is that true? Do brands make guitars that are genre specific?

    I'm actually quite keen on the LTD B-154. Is this one versatile enough?
     
  2. Ibanez. Yamaha. Squier. They're all over Craigslist.
     
  3. PJMiDi

    PJMiDi

    Feb 27, 2009
    Columbus, OH
    From my experience, no brands do not make genre specific instruments in functionality, just in aesthetics. That LTD should be versatile enough with a 3 band eq, but no personal experience.

    FWIW I started on a GSR200 and still have it(don't use it often but I keep it around). It is definitely a solid beginner bass. Buy what one you like the most though, so you will be happier playing it.

    Remember to keep at it :bassist:
     
  4. cstar

    cstar

    Dec 21, 2011
    I started playing bass myself in the summer of last year. My first bass was the one you posted first - the Ibanex gsr200 - and for the price it is a terrific instrument. You definitely wouldn't have to upgrade that in a while.

    I now have an Ibanez gsr250m in light sky blue. It's basically the same bass as the above but a wee bit nicer (at least to me, because baby blue is my favorite color and I like maple fingerboards:) )

    AND I LOVE THIS BASS! But on any gsr200 or 250, I don't think you can go wrong. Great tone, very loud... nothing bad to say at all...

    I think a Yamaha would be ok too but I have no experience there.

    I just recently bought an SX bass (they seem like a bargain), but I'm not in love with it. Definitely a good instrument for the price (I bought the "Pro" model with high mass bridge, sunburst, etc. for $200) but my Ibanez is leaps and bounds ahead of the SX.

    My 2 cents. Others will have more to say no doubt. Welcome to the hobby!!
     
  5. http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/best-beginner-bass-758613/

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/beginner-bass-guitar-recommendations-740255/

    Beginner bass under $250

    Good Mid-rang priced basses ($500-$600)

    Newbie buying ~ $400 bass

    Need help - good bass for under $300

    Best all around bass under $400?

    Best bass guitar for $600

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/good-starter-bass-learn-717148/

    Is it worth the price?

    First bass, less than $300

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/bass-newb-starting-bass-789475/

    What is a nice beginner bass?

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/new-bassist-please-help-780170/

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/good-begginer-bass-778748/

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/first-bass-ibanez-squier-cort-esp-775513/

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/advice-please-help-772703/

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/know-nothing-about-bass-eager-play-need-help-getting-started-736024/

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/honest-opinions-needed-starters-like-me-768583/

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/hard-time-choosing-first-bass-768594/

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/buying-first-bass-guitar-766519/

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/new-bass-804190/

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/newbie-bass-player-807712/

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/bass-beginner-808944/

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/ibanez-gsr-200-good-beginer-829181/

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/what-kind-brand-type-bass-beginner-829011/

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/i-am-aspiring-bassist-i-would-like-recommendations-bass-beginners-827283/

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/new-bass-814449/

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/what-buy-811614/
     
  6. erithos

    erithos

    Jan 13, 2012
    The thing is, I'm from India. And over here, we don't have huge music stores where I can try out something and see if I like it. Only way to get guitars here is to order them online.

    As for the color, both of them come in transparent red, which is awesome, for me at least.
     
  7. erithos

    erithos

    Jan 13, 2012
    The one available here within my price range is the ESP B154, not the B154DX. So it just has a 2 band eq.
     
  8. Twospot

    Twospot

    Jan 1, 2012
    Toms River,NJ
    I am just starting out as well. My wife is buying me a bass for my bday this weekend. I sat and just messed around with a bunch at Guitar Center. I was stuck on either Ibanez or Fender. I tried a bunch of them. I saw a Schecter and breezed by it numerous times. Then right before I was going to leave I tried it. It was like we were meant to be. It was a moment of knowing WITHOUT A DOUBT it was the bass. So this weekend I am picking this up. I already have it on hold. It is more pricey (On clearance for $419) but it just feels right for me. The action, the neck size, etc. I don't care for white but that didnt matter once I had the feel of this thing. So my recommendation is to head to a local music store and just hold them, pluck them and finger them (that sounds bad LOL) even if you know nothing yet. You will know what feels good.

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  9. erithos

    erithos

    Jan 13, 2012
    Yea but that's the problem here in India. My local music store just had a Yamaha RBX 170, an Ibanez GSR-200 and a Java. And I've heard Java sucks balls.
     
  10. Twospot

    Twospot

    Jan 1, 2012
    Toms River,NJ
    Sorry didnt see this. SOLUTION: Move to the US.
     
  11. Twospot

    Twospot

    Jan 1, 2012
    Toms River,NJ
    In all honesty if you really want something you truly like and want for a while you have to try them. However Most of the lower end Ibanez and the Squiers are all great beginner pieces. Not real familiar with the LTD' but my guess they are decent as well. There is so much personal preference in picking. Some like fatter necks, others skinnier. Some like lighter basses others like heavier basses. I would say you can't go wrong with either of those as long as they feel good to you
     
  12. Ken J

    Ken J Hartford Hot Several Brass Band

    Aug 19, 2011
    Middlefield, CT
    I’m a lifelong musician and a novice bassist. I started out with Ibanez but soon moved onto Fender products like Squire Do to the fact that I can perform most of the modifications myself. From what I’m reading you will be in this position again and I bet soon, as most of us get the bug and try to collect as many instruments as we can in finding the truth to what we really want. From what I have found Fender products offer the easiest way to upgrade with both factory and aftermarket up grades. Most of the time they just plug in. I am presently modifying a Squire Jaguar Short Scale with full electronic and hardware up-grades and the neck is out having the frets ground down. That’s a short scale fretless P/J bass. Total investment will be under $500 including the original purchase price of the new Jaguar bass.
     
  13. I'd go as far as to say: to start out, anything will do. You'll learn your preferences AFTER you made your first steps. Try to buy used. I bought a used RBX170 and a Hartke combo amp for little money from a friend many years ago, before I even was serious about learning bass. Fantastic investment, as I payed close to nothing and it was reasonably nice gear. I still like the feel of the Yamaha after several years of playing and even swapped out the pickups instead of "upgrading" to a "better" bass. YMMV.
     
  14. Grebnaws

    Grebnaws

    Aug 25, 2010
    Champaign IL
    Another beginner here. My first bass was an imported P-bass copy. It felt bad and sounded worse. I played around a few months and picked up a USA made Peavey as my first "real bass".

    Later, I dedicated serious time and effort to setting up the cheap bass that had already been given to me. It plays as well if not better than anything else I own, and that's saying something.

    Whatever you get make sure to have it set up professionally. It will do more for your playing and satisfaction than anything. Pay for the setup if you have to or experiment until you get it right. It will transform the instrument. I still sound like crap when I play but now I'm much more comfortable while doing so.
     
  15. Squier Vintage Modified or Classic Vibe is a safe bet.

    I don't know which online retailers you can easily buy from, but if you can, buy from one that has a good return policy. Buy a Squier (it's a simple bass that is popular with a classic tone) then, if it has any issues (ones that are so bad that anyone could see them), send it back.

    Once you've played that for a while, should you choose to go in another direction, you'll have a better idea of what you want.

    Just my two cents.
     
  16. Duke21

    Duke21

    Nov 14, 2010
    Narvik, Norway
    +1
    I had the GSR200, it's a nice bass, and like any bass it will play whatever you "tell" it to play, rock, pop, jazz. The Ibanez is quite light and have very thin neck. It plays nice and the tone is fine. But as Razor said, Squier CV or VM basses are safe bet. The CV60 p-bass really have the warm classic vintage tone, and is very well made.
    I have a Geddy Jazz and a Rickenbacker 4003, but I've no problem picking up my CV60 p bass when I need vintage precision sound. It never feels like a cheap instrument.
     
  17. OUT51D3R

    OUT51D3R

    Feb 1, 2011
    I've got an ESP/LTD b50. While I'm far from an expert, I love that thing. I've made some modifications to it, but I was pretty happy with it out of the box(I just can't emotionally connect with an object until I've modded it). I wouldn't hesitate to buy another LTD.

    I think the most important thing for a newbie by far is to get something that is cool to you. When you look at it, you should think "This is by far the coolest thing I have ever owned. I want to play it RIGHT NOW." Hopefully you can do that cheaply.
     
  18. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    I started out on a Yamaha BB300. Do they still even make those?
     
  19. Andy_D

    Andy_D

    Nov 28, 2009
    Corpus Christi, TX
    If your hoping to not have to upgrade in the near future then good advice is to not by the bottom of the line model from just about any manufacturer. That being said consider moving up to the Ibanez SR300 for only a small amount of cash more. You will thank yourself later. The Squier VM and CV are also solid bets as others have mentioned, and If Yamaha's are available to you in India check into the BB series (something like a BB414) they are also in your price range. None of these are the bottom of the line models.
     
  20. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Squier vintage vibe
     

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