kid sized bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DaBassman, Jul 21, 2003.

  1. DaBassman


    Mar 25, 2002
    Oneonta, NY
    Looking for a small sized bass for a 10 year old.
    Any suggestions? Thanks:cool:
  2. check out the 99 dollar short scale P bass...

    it looks pretty nice too:)

    good luck!

  3. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan

    That bass will cost you $99, and it is an SX so it is probably great quality for the price.

  4. SX basses rule, I just got an SX BG205 on Friday, first 5 string and love it! Sounds soooo good, and cost me $143 (that includes shipping). GO ESSEX!
  5. furiously funky

    furiously funky Guest

    Dec 28, 2002
    SX is the way to go, but also the Squire bronco bass is short scale as well. [​IMG]
  6. Bazzist


    Dec 7, 2002
    Nova Scotia
    The SX has more frets.
  7. bentem


    Oct 18, 2002
    Rockville, MD
    They look weird, they have like rubber strings. Do they sound/play well?
  8. DaBassman


    Mar 25, 2002
    Oneonta, NY
    Actually, I have one. It's really not something for a kid to start on.
    It's kinda cool. Really gotta watch the strings, they break easily (D,G) and aren't cheap to replace. Unless you use talc, they "roll" and are kinda hard to get used to.
    But, it's a fun toy with a nice tone!
  9. Fleckbass211


    Mar 20, 2003
    My Room
    I highly recommend the P bass becasue it is a real bass just short scale. Whereas that other one will you just make you relearn the basics ( position etc) once he gets a real bass.

  10. chengann


    Apr 22, 2003
    i asked this question recently.
    being a new father, i am just
    too anxious to start my kid on the bass.
    (keegan is only 6 months old!).

    this is what others had to recommend:

    1. samick corsair mcr ~$140, 26" scale
    2. fernandes nomad ~$340, 25.5" scale
    3. ashbory ~$240, 18" scale
    4. fender mustang ~$450, 30" scale
    5. essex short scale ~$99, 30.5" scale
    6. hamer short scale, ~$180, 30.5" scale
    7. squier bronco ~$150, 30" scale
    8. daisy bass ~$300, 30" scale

    i decided against the ashbory because
    it's fretless and the rubber bands
    are not easily available. i decided not
    to choose the short scales either because at
    30", they are still fairly adult or teen

    i was down with the samick or fernandes.
    well, finally price is the factor. so, i ordered
    a samick corsair. besides, it looks pretty cool.

  11. DaBassman


    Mar 25, 2002
    Oneonta, NY
    Where did you find that samick for $140??
  12. chengann


    Apr 22, 2003
    i am sorry. it's not 140usd.
    i made a mistake at the currency

    i found it at an australian
    website for 244 aussie dollars(~155 usd)

    freight is only about 19 usd.

  13. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    When my daughter told me she wanted to play bass (she was 10 or 11 at the time), I shopped around local stores looking for any short scale axe I could find. I ended up at the time with a used Harmony for $75. I looked it over carefully to make sure it would be possible to make it playable. The $99 Essex looks like a great deal relative to that Harmony! I would advise against the Bronco, the ones I have played in stores weren't very good at all in terms of feel or sound.

    Anyway, I do advise emphasizing the playability first, sound second and looks last. After all, they will eventually outgrow their first instrument.

    Put on the lightest gauge strings you can find and have a pro set it up for you (unless you're skilled at setups) so that it plays as easily as possible.