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Good Begginer Bass???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Unwell4, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. Unwell4


    Jun 7, 2011
    Hey all i'm a Tenor Sax player and i love it, but i would like to start playing bass since my friends need a bassist i told them i would join.
    We will be mostly playing 60s and 70s classic rock and some jazz so i would like a bass to suit that status. My limit is about 250 for a bass and 150ish for a amp...
    I've heard the sx basses are good but there kind of a hit or miss... also im really short so i might need a short scale bass, but i don't want to lose any tone, so does short scale deprive of any "punch" from the bass?

    Thanks ahead for any comments.
  2. itchy


    Jan 3, 2009
    Bay Area
    I'm sure there's no shortage of threads like this if you do a search.

    I will say that two cheap basses that I have personally spent time with recently, and was very impressed by were:

    Squier Classic Vibe '60s Precision
    OLP MM2 (licenced Music Man Stingray clone)

    Two different flavors...both out perform their price tags.
  3. BoomingBass


    Apr 11, 2010
    Squier VM
  4. The Vintage Modified line from Squier.
    They sound like a Fender (even better than some).
    You can choose a P or J and both come stock with Duncan Designed Pickups.
    Plus, you can pick one up for under $300.
    I'm actually using the VM J bass for shows right now, and it sounds amazing.
  5. Ditto on squiers....

    Guitar center sells used ones cheap...just picked up one for 100-
  6. MrSaturdayNight


    Jan 24, 2011
    I can really recommend the squire affinity jazz series of basses.

    I have a metallic blue one and let me tell you this baby is great.

    Great sound, great tone, the frets were well dressed and really
    the only con about this instrument was that it badly needed a
    professional setup out of the box. Other then that this bass stands
    up to and trades blows with any of the $500-$600 mexican fenders
    I've played.

    Jazz basses have thinner slimmer necks then Precession basses do.

    The yamaha RBX 170 is also a great little bass for the money.

    As far as the amplifier goes, well I'll back track a little and tell you this...

    Go to the local music store and play as many basses and amps as you can
    until you find one that you like, that fits you and that you think sounds good.

    Most guitar stores usually have at least one expert on hand that will be able
    to tell you what kind of gear your going to wanna pick from depending on what
    you'll be playing and so on.
  7. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Short Scale for the win.

    Suggest: Sweetwater. Great, great place to buy equipment. You'll have it in a hurry, shipped correctly.
  8. bunnykeeper


    May 28, 2011
  9. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    This is my top choice for a beginner's bass guitar.
  10. Musician78

    Musician78 Supporting Member

    Jun 5, 2010
    Honestly, I would look on Craigslist and find a MIM Jazz or Precision (my choice is Jazz) off Craigslist. They can typically be found for between 250 and 375. My MIM Jazz is my main axe. And I also own a PRS bass.... so if that tells you anything....
  11. slaphappychappy


    May 25, 2011
    squire or cort. i like cort.
  12. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    Squier Classic Vibe '60s Precision (shell pink with a tort guard)
  13. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Cort makes a fine low end bass. Very under rated.
  14. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Best thing Ive seen new in that price range that I think is good is the BC Rich eagle 1 bass. $249 thru internet stores. But you should reallly go used for such low budget.
  15. f.c.geil


    May 12, 2011
    You can often find a decent Sterling by Music Man in your budget. Top-notch, active sound, good action. Another great option is the Squier (yes, another vote for Squier) Deluxe Jazz. Also active, also great sound (better than many of the MIM Fenders, really). They are regularly priced around $325, but can be found on sale new for $250-ish. The Standard Squier Jazz bass also has that great Fender Jazz sound, and is listed at $300, can be found on sale for $225. I would not go with used unless you bring a good bassist and/or luthier with you. You can spend hundreds just getting a used bass ready to play, thereby killing any advantage gained by buying used.

    You will probably be able to run your bass through the board for now, so I'd spend a little more on the bass, and just get a decent little practice amp, like a Line6 or Fender Rumble 15 watt. Decent sound (and effects on the Line6) at home by yourself, and can run the headphone out to the board so you maintain the tone you're used to.
  16. Stevem627


    Nov 30, 2005
    Corinth, TX
    Simple choice for me. USA Peavey used -- fits your budget easily and plenty of models to choose from. Fury, and Foundation are some of the best buys dollar for dollar. You will not have to upgrade them ever, and they are as good as and Fenders I've had.