help buying son a bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by angsur, Dec 2, 2005.

  1. angsur


    Dec 2, 2005
    Hi there, I was wondering if someone could help me out here? I am looking to buy my son (14 years old) a bass guitar. I have absolutely no clue about them. Someone has offered to sell me this one for $230.00, here's how they described it to me: 4 String Vantage Bass. Hard Shell case included. Comes with patch cord and Guitar/Bass Tuner. Strings are new.

    Is this a good deal, and can you tell by looking at the picture if this is in good shape?

    Thanks for any help.
  2. i would recomend any basses on this page over the one you posted

    you can also lookinto the shortscale basses.
    30 1/2 vs 34 (full lenght).

    great basses for the money, even a good base for more than they charge.
  3. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    It does look like its in good shape, but I'm not convinced it's a good deal. Most of Vantages were budget or starter instruments and would probably have sold in the 250-350 range new (I think). I wouldn't go more than 200, and that might be a stretch.
  4. Looks pretty good. Just putting it out there but you could get a better one at

    They have very good basses for the price.

    Like this one here. You may pay a little more for shipping, but it's still cheaper than what you have for an offering now.

    Have you looked at what kind of amp to get him?
  5. bigmcgiv


    Mar 29, 2005
    if the bass is going to be a chrismas gift and he has never played . i recomend to go to a store and check out several models. if you want to suprise him on christmas morn. i recommend going to rondo music and pick one there to start him with i got one and enjoy it . and will be less that 150. bucks for the bass. check out the essex [sx] megathread.good luck on your choice. the guys rave about them being one of the better starter basses out there. tks matt :bassist:
  6. Headroom


    Apr 5, 2002
    Forget the bass. Get him a nice used trumpet and a Clifford Brown CD.
  7. angsur


    Dec 2, 2005
    Thanks for all the help, I really appreciate it!

    He plays a little bit right now, he "jams" with some of his buddies in the garage, he borrows one of his friends brothers bass.

    I am a little leary of buying anything too expensive, he is quite careless with his things & I don't want to get into big money until I am sure he will keep at it.

    I was looking at that rondomusic link that a couple of people have posted & seen this
    would that be good for a beginner? and is it a Jazz (that's what he is interested in apparently).
  8. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

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

    Yes, that's a Jazz. BTW, one of my students has exactly the same combo and it's great for a beginner IMO (considering its price).
  9. christle

    christle Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    That is a Jazz copy. The only thing I would be wary of is the amp but for the price you really can't go wrong. You may also want to investigate Peavey, Ibanez and Yamaha starter packs as well.
  10. echo008

    echo008 Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2004
    Long Island, NY
    The bass in your link is a Jazz styled bass ... meaning the shape of the body, the neck width and the neck and bridge Pickups. You might do better just getting the bass and avoiding that amp... I guess it probably works ok but it does not give me good warm happy feelings of dependibility.

    The SX basses are great values for the money though! Ii uised to have a SX J bass ... well built and they have a decent tone to them.
    I personally love the look of this J bass

    good luck
    - Tom
  11. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    Man I love the one Clifford Brown CD I have. It's with Max Roach; I think it's the first one they did together. OK, I'll PM you before this goes totally off topic.

    Bass Player mag did a review of a number of starter kits about a year ago. It might be more.
  12. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

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