Help (I want to start bass but...what bass should I get?)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Fade to Black, Oct 21, 2001.

  1. Fade to Black

    Fade to Black

    Oct 21, 2001
    ok I played an accoustic guitar for some time now but I want to start playing my question what is a good kind of bass? what brand basses are good etc...

    [I'm asking this here cuz I don't trust the people from the music stores...some of them will really rip you off (ex. they will say that a used crap guitar is better then a new fender, so if you don't know your stuff you can lose a lot of money )]

    thanks :)
  2. ok, im no bass god, like some of the guys on here, but i know a bit. i think epiphone makes pretty decent guitars, and i use one right now and it sounds good to me.
  3. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    What kind of budget are you working with? If it's below $300, Squire makes great beginner basses, and they started making the Jazz bass again, which I was what I would go after if I were in your position. $300-$500 will get you a nice Made In Mexico Fender, or maybe an Ibanez. Personally, I like Fender, but you'll hear a lot of different things from other people on the board.
  4. Newsted


    Jun 24, 2001
    it depent on the many that you have in the price of
    300$ i say not to bye a squier (its my personal opinion)i believe that theyr not good for biginers big frets dificul to slap and only 22 frets ..go and take an ibanez or jackson(in this money dont expect much from sound)or take th same bass i take when i wos start Yamaha RBX260 it is realy a nice bass
    As someone sayd above 'i m not a bass god'but this is my opinio
  5. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    Well, Yamaha's "starter" basses are nice, ie. models RBX260(or 270), BBN4 and Attitude Plus. Actually I'd say they are the best bang for the buck. MIM(for Made In Mexico) Fenders could be nice too.
  6. i second the choice for Yamaha, my first (proper)bass was the Yamaha RBX 260 (known as 270 now), and its still my back up bass to my custom fretless.

    its the best bass for the price believe, blows Squiers out the water.

  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    The Yamaha RBX270 is better than Squiers, cheap Jacksons and cheap Ibanez, and if you have a little more, the MIM Fenders are better than any Jackson or Ibanez(Soundgears).

    If you can afford $500, the MTD Kingston blows all of these basses away.
  8. I will throw my vote in for the MIM (Made in Mexico) Fender Standard Precision or Jazz bass. Good quality, and you won't be out too much money if you decide bass isn't your thing. Don't forget that bass amps can be pretty expensive also, and you will need one of those, but that is a different thread.

  9. actually a good call, i have played some of the low end spectors not bad at all compared to the competition, now i doubt they compete with better spector models, but thats now what they were made for, wish a low end spector had been my first bass.
  10. Fade to Black

    Fade to Black

    Oct 21, 2001

    I'm really considering a Yamaha bass it looks good but I'll ofcourse have to ask my guitar teacher (he really knows alot about this stuff)

    and ofcourse that MIM fender looks nice too

    my budget's a bit above 500$ (for the guitar alone that is...)
  11. $500 budget, then get the MTD Kingston or I like the Schecter Model T Robert DeLeo model. Then afterwards you can upgrade the pick ups, if you like.
  12. Just a suggestion, if you like to call your bass "The King of Fingerprints" don't get a black colored bass. Just my suggestion.
  13. Fade to Black

    Fade to Black

    Oct 21, 2001
    Wah? Do you mean that basses in other colors then black easily get fingerprints on them? (for the record black would be my choice for color.)
  14. i think he meant to say "if you like to call your bass "The King of Fingerprints" DO get a black colored bass."

    fingerprints and smudges and stuff show up grotesquely on glossy black finish basses, IME. plus, black finish obscures your bass on stage. you want to attract at least SOME attention. :)
  15. Fade to Black

    Fade to Black

    Oct 21, 2001
    I like being in the schadows. :p

    anyway well black has always been my color of choice for guitar. (needless to say my accoustic one ISN'T black) And why would it show up worse on a black bass then on say a red bass?

  16. dammit, jim, i'm a doctor, not a scientist! it just does.

    btw, my roommate's acoustic guitar is black.
  17. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

  18. Just spend a day and hit all the music shops in your area and do some comp shoppin`!!That is the best way to find out what bass feels and sounds good to YOU!

    Yamahas do make really good basses though...really liked the ones I tried out.

    Happy Hunting! :)

    *Spock Voice*"It appears to be some kind of sting instrument designed soley to play notes in the lower register.Fascinating.":rolleyes:
  19. i use a yamaha rbx250 i like it alot. i started on a spuir p bass and i hated it but thats my oppining but i would take a yamaha over a spuire any day.
    its a really good beginner bass