Buying a bass for my 8yr old brother...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by latkingz781, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. latkingz781


    Apr 26, 2008
    What should I buy him lol? I have two basses and they are wayyy too heavy for him haha. What should I get him that will keep him entertained?
  2. latkingz781


    Apr 26, 2008
  3. lowtide

    lowtide Commercial User

    Oct 14, 2006
    Bradenton, Florida
    Owner: Buzzard's Bass Shop
  4. Rocinante_x1

    Rocinante_x1 Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

    Aug 22, 2004
    .... my '75 global jazz.....
  5. a lakland to get him straight onto the good stuff ;)
  6. a baritone ukulele. seriously.
  7. DanielleMuscato


    Jun 19, 2004
    Columbia, Missouri, USA
    Endorsing Artist, Schroeder Cabinets
  8. BobWestbrook

    BobWestbrook Mr.

    Mar 13, 2006
    Philly suburb
    Hamer Slammer shortie
  9. +1 to the SX. Cheap and good quality!! P.S your brother is one lucky dude!! Way to get him started early!! :hyper:
  10. p5string


    Aug 21, 2004
    Webster, NY
  11. andvari7


    Aug 28, 2004
    It brings back memories of my own brother, starting me off with my first bass (well, his - he let me use his '94 Jazz) at the ripe, old age of nine (me, not him - he was eleven). Thirteen years later, I'm playing more than I probably should.
  12. nutterisgo


    Apr 29, 2008
    Dean z metalman 2A =D
  13. Gintaras


    Dec 11, 2004
    Kent Island, Md.
    got a baritone uke for christmas. Everybody should own one of these. Great second instrument to the bass. Take everywhere and the 4 strings are the same tuning as the higher 4 strings of a guitar. DGBE... Also anytime any kids come to the house then this is the first instrument that they migrate to :hyper::hyper:

    Vacation time always includes packing the Uke and a Native American Indian Flute.

    Now back to the original question.

    Whatever you get....set it up properly. Low action and light strings will make it playable for an 8 year older. I went through this with my 8 year son.
  14. namraj


    Feb 7, 2008
    Peavey T40 or a double neck manson bass :smug:
    This would be my choice. Much like teaching kids violin, start with a 1/4 size and move them up as they get bigger. Starting him on a 34" scale might cause him to develope bad fingering habbits simply because of the physical size of his hands.
  16. noxweb


    Apr 6, 2008
    Almada, Portugal
    the bass ain't great, but Yamaha RBXA2
  17. scootron


    Jul 17, 2007
    Moved to Texas
    My son was a little older (10), but had small hands. I got him a Gretsch short scale Electromatic. It has a 30" scale, but a very small body and is very easy to handle.

    It sounds great, looks great, and will transition well into a full scale bass when the time comes.

    If he can handle this one, I would recommend it. You can find them on the internet for about $175, which is a bargain considering the quality of the build and the sound, IMO. It fits nicely into a regular guitar case or gig bag. I put his into a guitar case. Playing through a Bassman 60, it thumps!

    It has a single pickup, which is mounted just where the 24th fret would otherwise fall, so it has really nice harmonics.
  18. hiredoutlaw


    Jun 20, 2008
    Personally, get an Ibanez Soundgear - for beginners, light, and somewhat ok. ;)
  19. envika


    Nov 27, 2007
    Bronx, NY
    +1 to that, first stringed instrument i ever picked up in any seriousness was my brother's gretsch junior jet. i was 12. i borrowed it from him occasionally when the only bass i owned was my thunderbird and i didn't feel like carrying that because it was so heavy.