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Database of Bass Specifications ???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by AGBFunkyBassman, Dec 14, 2003.

  1. AGBFunkyBassman


    Dec 12, 2003
    Im at the start of the process of purchasing a new bass and I'm leaning towards getting an active of some kind but other than that I've not setteled on anything.

    Is there a database of basses out there that lists all the specs of different guitars or am I going to have to do it the hard way ??

    I'd like to isolate all the active basses and then perhaps try and find some reviews on them so I've got some idea of what I want before I go and play a few of them.


    T on Y
  2. Unfortunately, I have never ran across a data bases for Bass Guitars but, maybe this will help you get started.

    The FAQ, here at TB is also very informative.


    Buying your first instrument can be a difficult task. You're not sure what to look for, how much to spend, and on and on. Here are a few tips to ease your pain.

    First, have a budget in mind before you go into the stores, so that you won't be dazzled by the flash and splendor of the "SPGX5000VR"!!!. With today's instruments you should be able to find a good, playable instrument for between $250 & $500.

    Second, look for simplicity. Basses with tons of controls and gold hardware add to the price and are a distraction from the goal...to learn to play bass guitar. Watch for easy to understand control layouts and straight forward hardware (tuning keys and bridges).

    You will run across two different types of pickups, the single coil & the hum canceling (or Humbucker).

    Single coils are usually about 2 cm wide by 9 cm long and offer a brighter sound. Hum canceling pickups are made up two coils each 3 cm wide by 6 cm long. They are set up in a staggered side by side format and produce a darker, beefier sound.

    Third, ask the salesman about the materials the bass is made from i.e., the woods for the neck and body. Some $250 range instruments have bodies made from plywood that don't produce as nice a tone as many solid wood basses do. The neck of the bass is the shaft where a player presses the strings down against metal bars called frets to produce different notes and sometimes chords. Necks are typically made of maple wood and their fretboards may be either maple (known for a brighter sound) or rosewood (known for a mellower tone).

    Finally, avoid obscure brand names no one has heard of unless there are undeniable good qualities that show you that the instrument is an excellent deal. Recognized brand names will help you when either you decide to upgrade because you're getting so good! And you want to trade your bass in or you decide bass isn't for you and you want to sell the instrument.

    With all this in mind, make sure that the instrument is comfortable to play, hold, wear on a strap, etc. Don't be afraid to ask the salesman to correct things like strings that are too high off the fretboard or buzzing, rattling frets. If you've noted these points you should come away with a great first bass and potential for a lot of enjoyment.
    With all that in mind, the next step would be to find a good bass instructor, lessons are very important for a new player!

  3. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Inactive Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    Try the Bass Player/Guitar Player Buyers Guide. You can pick it up at Borders. It has alot of big and small companies listed along with what they offer and some basic model specs....
    It's a good place to start! Happy hunting...
  4. Jim Dombrowski

    Jim Dombrowski Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2002
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I've often thought that a database would be very useful, but would be hard to create and manage. The specs and available information differs from each manufacturer, and it is constantly changing. Who is going spend the time and energy to maintain it?
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