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First bass guitar

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Frey, Jul 17, 2003.


  1. Frey

    Frey

    Jul 17, 2003
    I'm looking for my first bass guitar... what should I go for, around 300$?
     
  2. Ben Jammin'

    Ben Jammin' Guest

    Jul 13, 2003
    Falmouth, Cornwall, UK
    Fender squier jazz or the yamaha RBX something (the one that costs that amount). Personally I'd go for the squier, but I'm probably 100% biassed.
     
  3. Frey

    Frey

    Jul 17, 2003
    thank :)

    any other suggestions?

    or basses that i should avoid at all cost?
     
  4. Ben Jammin'

    Ben Jammin' Guest

    Jul 13, 2003
    Falmouth, Cornwall, UK
    Don't get an Aria unless you intend to upgrade quite soon, they feel flimsy and after all, would you rather have a bass that says "Aria" on it or "by fender". Get a squier
     
  5. Zon Bass

    Zon Bass

    Jan 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX
    Check out Essex. They are availible through Rondo Music. While I have never played one I have heard nothing but good things about them. Check out the Essex megathread in the Basses forum for more information.
     
  6. Selecter

    Selecter

    Jun 30, 2003
    I'll second the Essex. I got mine and if you understand that you need to be able to do a very basic setup on it and tuning when you get it they are the best budget basses out there. They kill Squier IMO and I played every Squier in my local shop when I was hunting for basses. They are about on a par with Mexican Jazz basses for sound but dont quite have the fit and finish of a MexFender. They sound great. YOu can buy 3 for the price of 1 of anything else. Mine is the SX62 MG LPB model.
     
  7. 5stringDNA

    5stringDNA

    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    I own own one, Zon, and they are good basses for the money (most I would pay is about $200 for one). However, you can get reasonably better bass if your willing to spend up to $300 as mentioned. The Spector performance basses are excellent beginner to intermediate basses with lots of good features, and can be had for under $300 easily, especially fi oyu look on ebay or something like that.
    Another very solid bass for around $300 is teh Ibanez SR300DX. It has a much thinner neck than the spector, and plays quite well- I play my brother's all the time :D, especially if I'm slapping.
    One more quality bass in your price range to consider would be a Peavey foundation. These are american made basses, and are hard to beat for value in the lower end price range. Its a good solid bass with good tone, and is very sturdy and reliable.
     
  8. Ben Jammin'

    Ben Jammin' Guest

    Jul 13, 2003
    Falmouth, Cornwall, UK
    Essex Schmessex - get a squier

    Only joking, I've never played an Essex but if I were you I'd try and have a go on both. Then get a squier!








    Still only joking...
    My biass is shining through
     
  9. 5stringDNA

    5stringDNA

    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    Very true- the essex basses are generally a big notch above squiers! I have played some mexi jazz's that are worse than my essex, adn I have played some that are much better- it really depends on which one you pick up. For a beginner bass, the essex is not a bad choice at all, but I fealt that the few I listed were significantly better in the fit/finish, as well as playability departments, and you'd probably be happy with one of them longer. If you do go essex, I doubt you'll be dissapointed, just make sure you know to set up a bass, or know a place than do you for it (for a fee of course).
     
  10. RicPlaya

    RicPlaya

    Apr 22, 2003
    Whitmoretucky MI
    look 4 a used fender
     
  11. furiously funky

    furiously funky Guest

    Dec 28, 2002
    Toronto
    id say go for an SX, but whatever you get, get used. much better prices, on about the same bass (maybe a few scratches) it also could be a bit better than streight out of the music store basses.