Good starter bass to learn on

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Morson93, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. Morson93


    Jan 27, 2009
    Okay, so Christmas is coming and my brother wants a P bass for christmas. Nothing more than £100 (between $170-$200) unless it's worth the extra. He is interested in bass, but may not continue it hence why not wanting to spend alot. Squier seems a good place to start, but abit out of budget, so is there anything that'll feel comfortable to play on, doesn't weigh a ton, and looks nice, not tacky.
  2. peledog


    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
  3. SX from
  4. Morson93


    Jan 27, 2009
    He's stuck on P bass, so the musicman is a doubt, although i am looking into the musicman style
  5. A setup should be taken in to consideration too. Buying a badly setup bass will frustrate him more than anything else. Do you have any brick and mortar music shops in your area? It may be worth paying a little extra to end up with a playable instrument.
  6. Oh boy, I think I can smell where this thread is going to end up...
  7. Morson93


    Jan 27, 2009
    why be an idiot?
    i was asking for advice, and if anyone had got a bass cheap for starting that they'd recommend. sorry we don't all have ric money, and sorry he's only just learning, no need to be a douche.
  8. mrpackerguy

    mrpackerguy Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Madison, Wisconsin
    I would echo the Squire, but, I've also been impressed with the Ibanez offerings at that price range, especially as to the electronics.
  9. Just wondering how this guy is being a douche or an idiot. He simply mentioned that you might want to get it setup and that it may be better to pay a little extra for a playable instrument. I've been playing for 23 years. I was lucky enough to have a well setup bass to start out on. It was a cheap bass, but the setup made all the difference. If I had started on a cheap or expensive bass that had a bad setup, I may not have continued playing.
    The extra money he mentioned may be to have a cheap bass set up correctly. The guy was not being an idiot or a douche....he was just giving some good advice to someone(you) who asked for it. Take it or leave it, it was good advice....if you want your brother to enjoy the experience and maybe continue playing.
    On the other hand, if you don't really him a cheap bass with a bad setup and the roughest strings you can find and watch as he tosses it into the corner after a few days and never touches it again.
  10. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    OP, I didn't take this post to be flaming you! Seems like good advice, to consider the instrument's setup in your search.

    If you know how to do your own action adjustments (neck relief, string height, pickup height, intonation) you might find a really good deal on a P bass clone that's in need of a careful setup. There are some good stickies in the repair section of the BG forum. I've seen some decent basses in pawnshops with crappy playability but great potential--just needing a good setup.

    And with that bit of TLC you added to the bass, it'll be a very nice present, indeed. :bassist:
  11. guroove


    Oct 13, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
    Squire classic vibe is very inexpensive, and a very nice sounding, nice looking, playable instrument. Also, I would take audiomitch's advice and get it set up professionally, unless it plays well from the store. I've seen some horribly set up instruments at Guitar Center.
  12. tdub0199


    Mar 4, 2010
    Atlanta, Ga.
    Dude... Chill!!!! You asked for advise and someone gave it to you and now he's a douche???? You won't get alot of help here on TB if you act like this again bro.... you will be ignored!!!!
  13. the worst one you can find

    if he/she can learn to play well on that, then buy them a better bass and it will blow their mind

    thats how i learned
  14. ilikeindie


    Feb 15, 2008
    affinity p bass. with a budget so low you don't have much of a choice.
  15. OP: He's not being a douche. A pro setup can make an huge difference in playability -- which may prevent a new player from quitting.
  16. Legattabass


    Oct 21, 2010
    He was suggesting you factor in the cost of taking the bass to a guitar tech or luthier, OR buy the bass from a store that offers setups.

    For clarification, a setup involves checking intonation, making sure the neck is straight, a new set of strings is properly applied, the action is the correct height....

    These steps mean the bass will stay in tune, have lower action (IE it will be easier for your brother to press the strings down with less effort, thus he wont tire as fast or play as slowly, and it will reduce fret buzzing), that the string length relative to the neck and bridge will avoid sharps and flats.

    This gentleman offered you excellent advice. A 300$ bass that arrives out of tune with a bowed neck, crap strings and too-high action will frustrate a newbie. A 100$ used bass you get set up for 50$ could help avoid all of that frustration.

    Take it from me, I'm newish and I've been frustrated a lot. I went through a used Ibanez soundgear, a used german warwick streamer, an older p bass and a peavey t-40, until I got a properly set up MIM P bass. If I'd gotten a properly set up Ibanez in the first place, I'd probably be playing that.
  17. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I agree. This is common sense, not an attack.
  18. lucas vigor

    lucas vigor Banned

    Sep 2, 2004
    Orange County, Ca,
    I can't stand the inflated hype surrounding SX basses being used by supposed professionals on this forum, BUT, I would not hesitate to suggest one to a total newbie player. The quality and price don't compare with anything else out there. $150 for the SX bass, $50 for the set-up, done deal! The quality of SX basses for the money, compared to what I had when I was growing up way back in the dark ages (1980's) is really, really good!
  19. Just to clarify a few points regarding the SX basses from Rondo...

    Orders shipped outside the US & Canada have no warranty and are not refundable - see return section for details.

    Customers ordering outside the US & Canada are also responsible for paying their own customs duty / VAT. All prices are in US Dollars

    Customers ordering guitars outside the 48 states are required to order a hard case and must provide a phone number. by the time you add in the hard case (another $50), plus shipping and customs, I think the OP is going to be above his price ceiling. That $109 bass can quickly rocket to $200 with all the added expenses.
  20. gitlvr


    Nov 13, 2009
    No. Va., USA
    I'd get a Squier Affinity P or J, whichever flavor you prefer. I don't know what they cost outside the U.S., but regardless, they are probably your lowest price option. They sound good, look good and play well. That's my suggestion, and IMHO you could not do better for the price range. Good luck with your search.