help.buying first bass guitar.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jmk, Dec 6, 2001.

  1. jmk


    Dec 6, 2001
    hey um yeah sorry but well im gonna get a bass guitar very soon and i dont really know much on whats best and stuff.need a cheap one, like US$200 or so. ive looked around, and um should i get a squire by fender precision bass, or a cheap hohner or ibanez?i dunno.sorry for my ignorance but yeah could someone help please.
  2. bertbassplayer

    bertbassplayer Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    Carlsbad, NM
    There's been a bunch of these, but anyway... my suggestions... Ibanez GSR 100 or 200, or Squier P-Bass. I've played both of these and found them to be fairly solid.
  3. cordova


    Oct 24, 2001
    I'm still playing my Ibanez GSR 200, it was my first bass. (Actually it's still my only bass)

    It's a pretty good starter bass, in my opinion. It sounds okay (obviously not the best tone but it works) and the only problem I have with it is that the strap knob thingy has stripped out.

    The only advice I can give, and probably everyone here will agree, is to try out as many basses as you can in your price range and find the one that you like the most.
  4. bertbassplayer

    bertbassplayer Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    Carlsbad, NM
    I had almost the same problem with the strap button, actually with mine it like chipped off some of the wood and finish near the bottom strap button
  5. shiftdpunk

    shiftdpunk Guest

    Dec 2, 2001
    I had the same exact problem with the same exact strap button...a little suggestion...take a nail from the back of the bass, and use one of those may have to force it again, but i can assure you the button will never come out used to be a real problem for For now, Im moving from the GSR200 to an OLP stingray...once i can find a place that sells them in gunsmoke anyway...
  6. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    What to get?
    The one bass that feels best, physically. And sounds like you want it. In your budget.

    Get out there and test everything - everything - you can get your hands on. Then aquire according to the above. Oh, don't forget the "buy used" option, which will increase your span.

    Squier (esp. Jazz!), Ibanez, Danelectro.....there are a few to choose between!:D

    Good hunting!
  7. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    I'd push my $$ limit up to about $350 and get an MIM Jazz.

    You really could get an MIM Jazz or Precision, but the Jazz would be more versatile, due to it's dual pickups, as opposed to the precision's single pickup.

    Also, the Jazz works with slap, so if you ever want to fool with slapping, you'll be able to, and do it well. :)
  8. For $ 229 you can get one of these beauties :


    what you get :

    - great sound ( lots of mids and lows )
    - very nice neck, which is not real thin, but also not real thick
    - cool looks
  9. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    I don't understand this at all.
  10. shiftdpunk

    shiftdpunk Guest

    Dec 2, 2001
    I meant to take one of the screws that holds shut the panel that covers the electronics in the back of the gsr200...its a bigger screw than that used in the strap buttons, and works extremely well to replace the one on the bottom of the gsr 200, which is notorious for falling out.
  11. lesfleanut

    lesfleanut Guest

    Sep 25, 2001
    Syracuse N.Y.
    do you have an amp, if you dont you might want to look into a bass starter package such as the squire or ibanez. they arnt the highest quality basses but they will get you started. plus id rather have a sh!tty bass with an amp than to have a good bass without one. good luck.;)