I need some DIRECTION

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dwerk11, Oct 27, 2002.

  1. dwerk11


    Oct 27, 2002
    I want to get a bass for chirstmas but there are a few things i dont know which could help my decision. I was looking and i narrowed my choices down to ibanze, washburn, fender, and olp. I have 300 to spend on a bass, but the thing is I am left handed. If someone could give me some direction of what kind of bass to buy or what kind of bass not to buy it would be a huge help. Thanks
  2. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Well, maybe you could give us some direction: what kind of music do you play? What kind of sound are you trying to get?

    IMO, all of the choices you've presented us with seem good, given your budget. I'd recommend you try 'em all out to see which suits you best. They all have different sounds and feel.
  3. dwerk11


    Oct 27, 2002
    I play all types of music from tom petty to blink 182 to hoobastank
  4. Boozy


    Apr 29, 2002
    Kelowna BC, Canada
    OLP Stingray or Squier Precision.. thats what i would g for if i were n your boots.
  5. dwerk11


    Oct 27, 2002
    what is olp website and do they make basses in left handed
  6. Bardolph


    Jul 28, 2002
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Edit: Sorry, I didn't know it would turn into a link. Merely a warning. Sorry to those of you who clicked.
  7. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    Remove that link now, please. People as curious as I will have evil software installed on their computer automatically.

  8. pmkelly


    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    why doesn't someone just delete that post? That was pretty dumb to put a link that isn't the one we need... Thanks for posting a link to porn...

    OLP means "Officially License Product." They are a discount line of instruments by Ernie Ball.... Maybe the Ernie Ball website will have something...

    look, a link that doesn't go to porn.

  9. dwerk11


    Oct 27, 2002
    I went to the Ernie Ball web site and i could find nothing about OLP. So if anyone knows it can you please post it. Thanks
  10. Check out Essex Bass Guitars, available at www.Rondomusic.com

    they have left handed models available, too.

    I've got 2 of the SJB-62 jazz basses, and they are muy kick ass, IMO. And considering they are less than half the price of a Mexican Fender, they are nice on the budget.

    Fender Squiers are also good starting basses. It was my first bass, and I still play it quite often. But if you decide to go with Squier, try to bring someone along who knows about basses. Squiers are kinda hit or miss on quality. Some are great, some are average, and others just plain suck.

    And another thing to consider is playing right handed. You'll have more basses available to you. I'm a left handed person who plays right handed basses. It feels more natural to me. You left hand is going to do most of the work, as fretting is more involved than plucking the strings. I find that my dominant left hand is better at fretting than my weaker right hand. But, that is all just my experience in playing. My student, a right handed person, thinks it feels more natural to play a left handed bass, as his dominant hand does the fretting and his left hand simply plucks the strings.

    So if you can, check out both left and right handed basses, play as many as you can, and don't buy just because you have the money. Make sure it is what you want to get, you'll probably have it a while before you get a second bass.
  11. I've had no experience with OLP but they are being marketed by Ernie Ball so they are probably alright. I've had pretty good experience with Ibanez and Fender. I've play a few Washburn basses and weren't bad for the money. I don't think you will go wrong with any of these brands. So, I would have to give the nod to Fender because it is the oldest name of the lot. Like me.:p
  12. dwerk11


    Oct 27, 2002
    I tried to play right handed and i was terrible. Then i tried to switch the strngs and i was terrible. Does anyone know if fender p basses come in left handed. If so do you know where i can get them. I know squire makes a p bass left handed and there is a jazz left handed bt i ahvent sena is that because they dont make them? I hpe not