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First bass -- Ibanez, Squier, Cort or ESP

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Fela, May 31, 2011.

  1. Fela


    May 28, 2011
    Hey guys, i'm planning to buy a bass guitar (my first one), but i don't know which bass i should buy!!
    Friends suggested Ibanez gsr200 , cort, esp or maybe even squier
    i still can't decide :confused: ..can any1 give me your opinions n suggestions?
    i have a budget of around $450
  2. lel95


    May 14, 2010
    sunderland, UK
    the Squier Vintage Modified and Classic Vibe series are amazing for the price. I suggest looking at them
  3. Livewire

    Livewire Yahtzeeee

    Nov 13, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY

    The new classic vibe Squiers are excellent. I've been playing for 8 years and looking to pick one of these up soon!

    Also, does your budget of $450 include an amp?
  4. AgIdoc


    Nov 17, 2008
    Huntsville, TX
    +1 VM Jazz

  5. itsnottruerufus


    Apr 13, 2011
    Squire CV or VM for sure
  6. Fela


    May 28, 2011
    no $450 is only for the guitar..$600 including amp
  7. Fela


    May 28, 2011
    i hear ESP makes good guitars at low prices..what do you think?
  8. Metal Bassist

    Metal Bassist

    Nov 6, 2010
    Wales, UK
    What music are you likely to play? ESP and Ibenez are better for more modern metal, but if you want something more versatile go for the squire.
  9. Aspidites


    Oct 20, 2009
    Berkeley CA
    I think you would be much better off buying a Squire Classic Vibe or Vintage Modified. You should also be able to find a used Peavey USA Fury for around $200 and they are great basses for the money.
  10. My recommendation is to head to your local music shop and play as many as you can. Which feels and sounds best to you? Used equipment is an especially good way to get "bang for your buck." If you have a friend who plays better than you, bring him/her along to demonstrate.

    You don't have to spend a ton of money to get a decent instrument. I have 7 basses ranging in price from $50 to $1,200 and the one I get asked to use the most is a $150 P-bass-style from SX.
  11. TRichardsbass

    TRichardsbass Commercial User

    Jun 3, 2009
    Between Muscle Shoals and Nashville
    Bassgearu, Music Industry Consulting and Sales
    I posted a thread here yesterday about a home assembled J bass I saw on Craigslist. It is right at your budget, and it has a Phil Kubicki neck, which when you decide to move up in bass, you can always get for the neck more then you would for any of the Squire's or Cort's in the future.

    My thoughts, although as always there is always the risk of not being able to play before you buy. However, I know this, a Kubicki neck will feel more comfortable then anything else out there.

  12. lel95


    May 14, 2010
    sunderland, UK
    My main bass is a VM jazz, i couldn't be happier.
  13. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist Bassist for Michael "Epic Mic" Rowe

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
    + 1 on the Squier VM and CV series, although I started on an Ibanez GSR200 and feel its a fine bass in its own respects. If you're going to be playing some heavy music you might like the "phat bass boost" that the GSR200 has on it.
  14. Fela


    May 28, 2011
    i like to all play all genres of music..but i don't play metal that often, just on occasion..mostly rock, blues and funk.
  15. A "P" or "J" style bass would fit all 3 of those musical styles well. These are probably the 2 most common styles of bass, and you can find them at a number of price points.
  16. lel95


    May 14, 2010
    sunderland, UK
    In my opinion i would go for a jazz as they are more versatile
  17. gitlvr


    Nov 13, 2009
    No. Va., USA
    The recommendations for the Squier are good ones. CV or VM.
  18. Fela


    May 28, 2011
    thanks alot guys..i'l look into the Squier :)
  19. Fela


    May 28, 2011
    thanks alot guys..i'll look into the squier :)
  20. This won't be as helpful as you'd like but try all of the ones you listed. The Squiers get a lot of love around here and they are good basses but they might not be your cup of tea. Don't just go for the Squier automatically... Check out the Yamaha BB414 as well...