Howdo I know what to look for.....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Davygravy3, Sep 18, 2001.

  1. Davygravy3


    Sep 21, 2000
    In the search for a new bass, how do I know what to look for and want. I mean how do I know that it feels the best and sounds the best. I don't have the luxury of playing many other different basses cause everyone seems to have a Squier around here. I may be able to check out my teachers... but thats about it. I am pretty sure I want a Jazz bass cause it will give me a better sound range. But what do I look for when i pick up and play a different bass? The strings, how the neck feels, do i like how its balanced. That sort of thing.
  2. Davygravy3


    Sep 21, 2000
    If I wanted to try out certain basses what songs should I play or what should I play so I don't sound like a dorky 14 year old who can not play for his life?
  3. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Don't play any songs.

    Play intervals (thirds, fifths, octaves) to see how well intonated it is.

    Play some scales or arpeggios on various parts of the neck and pay attention to how it sounds and how it FEELS.

    I never play songs when I'm trying out instruments, what's the point? I'm not performing!