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I'm new to bass, recommendations?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SiriusXMOctane, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. SiriusXMOctane


    Jan 8, 2014
    I just started playing bass, and I wanted a versatile, good quality instrument that won't empty my wallet. Anything you guys can recommend?
  2. tleebassist11

    tleebassist11 Taylor Lee Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2011
    Endorsing: Fodera, DR Strings
    Ibanez are great for the price. And so are the Carvin Sb series
  3. Hapa


    Apr 21, 2011
    Tustin, CA
    Give us a little more criteria

    Ibanez does make some of the best for the money basses that are found easily. Are there music stores in your area? I always recommend trying to support local even if it is GC. But in these days of internet retail market, we can confuse you easily. There are literally hundreds of brands to chose from.

    Keep in mind that you still need an amp, cables, tuner, a music stand, guitar stand, a case or gig bag, a book and or lessons, and perhaps headphones.

    All that long being said. The Squier bass packs have every thing you need, they are around $300. You can easily buy separate bass, amp, cable, etc it will cost more but you have more choices and in general gear that will last you longer. The little starter amps are getting better and better, but you will grow out of it quick IF you stick with it.

    Welcome to talkbass and to the bass guitar in general :)
  4. I would recommend most of the Yamaha and Ibanez basses.
  5. SiriusXMOctane


    Jan 8, 2014
    The closest Guitar Center is in Atlanta, which is about 2 hours from me. There are local shops, but none can give me the versatility I'm looking for. I was thinking one of the S.U.B. Ray4 or 5, maybe.
  6. VM squier Jazz or Precision.
  7. stonewall


    Jun 14, 2010
    I recomend driving to a music store and trying out whatever ones fit your budget.
  8. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY

    check craigslist for used things, play them before you buy them.
  9. Bass_Thumper


    Oct 20, 2009
    Madison, MS
    You certainly can't go wrong with those. You may also want to consider a Squier Precision or Jazz bass. Any of those three will give you a classic sound that can be used for any kind of music.
  10. SiriusXMOctane


    Jan 8, 2014
    I should add that I plan on using it for some gigging in the future. Somewhere in the range of hard rock to metal. Thanks for all the recommendations, by the way!
  11. bigscore1000


    Mar 6, 2004
    Classic Vibe Squier line (By Fender)
  12. xUptheIronsx

    xUptheIronsx Conform or Be Cast Out....

    Feb 6, 2010
    C-ville, Col, Ohio
    it is definitely worth the drive though. It is way better to play then buy, rather than go off of pure recommendations.

    For example, the Ibaneze's are great...but they FEEL different to many people. If I had bought an Ibby sight unseen, it would not have worked b/c the necks are too small for my hands, even though the sound was great. (I "lucked" into a 72 Fender P that both felt and sounded great as my first bass)

    I think in the beginning, you want some thing that is going to fell the best, since their is so much selection in tone, sound etc, even in the $2-500 price range.

    Like many have said, Ibanez, some of the Squire models, or the SUB Rays all are going to sound good enough to start, so the feel of the bass on your body is the bigger factor in my opinion.

    This is what I always tell my beginning bass students. Find a feel, then a sound/tone.

    Also, don't limit choice to how a certain look will fit into a certain genre. If a Danelectro Longhorn feels the best for you, and you are playing metal, it doesn't matter. (Metal is about rebellion anyways right?...or at least it was when I got into it). I remember when I got my J bass, all of the metal people were like "You can't play a jazz bass in metal"....then they heard it and were like" Oh...uh....ok"
  13. Go to a local GC and just play with the different basses, and see what feels right/sounds right.

    The Ibanez SR series are rather inexpensive with 3band active EQs, nice slim necks, light bodies, and excellent QC, but also try Squier, Schecter Stiletto, LTD B series, and Peavey Millennium if you can. You'll have a good idea then.
  14. Junk420


    Jul 19, 2012
    Cornwall, Ontario
    As said before, head to some shops and try different basses out. I always loved the look of a Fender Telecaster and wanted one so bad. I played a few and for some reason just couldn't get comfortable with them. I ended up with an Epiphone Tbird Pro (which I love) and I now have a Dingwall NG-2 on order.

    Once you get your bass home, just give'r man.
  15. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    How much is in your wallet? For some people, $500 is the stratosphere. For others, $1200 is a modest price.

    Around $300, I'd suggest looking at Vintage Modified (VM) and Classic Vibe (CV) Squiers. These are takes on classic Fender designs that are quite good in quality all around.

    Around $500, my personal recommendation would be to look at the Yamaha BB series, like the BB424x. Very versatile, hot pickups, great build quality. You don't see them in stores too much, but I don't think I've ever heard a word against them by anyone who'd played one. They are on the heavy side.

    If you can afford up around $1000-1200, think of an American Fender or a Carvin. I love my Carvin SB4000, which ran me about $1200. Carvin lets you pick the features you want on their basic design template, so every bass is a custom job.

    Also, shop around for used instruments. More bang-for-the-buck. Speaking of Carvin specifically, because each one is custom, they tend to sell for less on the used market than, say, Fenders that cost the same amount new. The reason is that you're buying an instrument customized to someone else's specs and a lot of people figure they could just save a bit more and buy their own custom bass; but if you like someone else's Carvin, you can get a great bass for a steal.
  16. 30calbass


    Jan 6, 2010
    Ibanez btb basses on e bay $450-$750. Very good bass sound and feel.
  17. zortation


    Dec 26, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    Yamaha BB424X

  18. ejaggers


    Aug 18, 2009
    Hurst, tx
    There's a USA Peavey Axcelerator in the want ads section. That's alot of bass for little money, but it doesn't have the 2TEK bridge thought.

  19. SiriusXMOctane


    Jan 8, 2014
    I may go with the Ray5 because of how it feels. It's also quite cheap and sounds fairly decent. I will be doing more research before I make my final decision.
  20. taikatsu


    Oct 3, 2012
    I'm a bit of a broken record when it comes to yamaha, but there's a reason for that. I gig with this regularly, and really like it.