Let's Help the Newbies - Contribute to the Basses FAQ

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by john turner, Nov 4, 2001.

  1. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    let's put together a FAQ for the basses forum, post what you think might be a good topic, and i'll try to compile everything into one good source.
  2. we should list recommended basses that fall into certain price ranges, such as $250 and under, 250-400, 400-700, etc. also a general explanation of what certain pickup styles sound like.

    i'm actually starting to compile an FAQ of other random questions that are always asked around here.
  3. Chris J

    Chris J Inactive

    Buying used stuff. Lots of beginners do. And lots of vets do too. I think that should be included.
  4. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    what different woods sound like
    bolt on vs. neck thru
    what MIM & MIA, and any other frequently used abbreviation means

  5. Not no mention where to go for advice on upgrading your MIM pickups. (probably more appropriate in a pickups FAQ)

    And the ever present P vs. J discussion.

    And why standard notation is better than TAB. (probably more appropriate for a misc FAQ)

    And a setup FAQ.... (you get the point)

    Why not a FAQ for ALL forums? Am I out of line here?

  6. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Good bass under $100 - Peavey Milestone (100),

    Good bass around $200 - Squier Precision (230), or Jazz (200), Carvin B4 (150)

    Good bass around $300 - Fender MIM Precision (350), Fender MIM Jazz (380),


    help me out guys... no argument on best here... just reasonable gear that you can get for $100, $200, $300 or so... you know, newbie gear! :)
  7. CaracasBass


    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    :AXL Rose Voice ON:


    :AXL Rose Voice OFF:

    I think this is one of the best ideas I´ve read lately here on TB.

    Things like: web sites with modes and scales, best combo amps for the buck and best basses for the buck in diferent price ranges, types of pups....
  8. JPJ


    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    In an attempt to make this a one-time deal and to facilitate easy updates, I think that all info that is time specific (such as brands that are currently in vogue, best bass for "X" price, etc.) should not be considered for the forum. Rather, I would like to see the basics of bass covered, such as:

    Difference between active and passive, explaining each system,

    Differences between types of pickups-single coil, stacked coil, humbucking, etc.

    Explaining how tone controls work and how they affect the sound of the instrument,

    Where to look for information/resources...search here at talkbass, Bassplayer's web site, Bassics website, other forums, etc.,

    Neck-through vs. bolt-on, 4-string vs. extended range basses, fretted vs. fretless, etc.

    Finally, I think that a general discussion about gear would be appropriate. Specifically, a discussion about how gear is player-specific and why this is so...string spacing, action, neck shapes, number of strings, tone wood differences, pick-up differences, balance, weight, look/aesthetics/vibe, etc.

    These are just a few ideas off the top of my head...I'm sure that others have many more ideas to contribute.
  9. hujo

    hujo Guest

    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    That's a classic.
  10. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    and links!

    informational sites

  11. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
  12. Explain who Jaco is
  13. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    this is expanding in concept into a full bass guitar FAQ. that's cool, but it's also a massive project.

    i think i will stick to a "purchasing/understanding bass guitars for newbies" faq. i will start to put together some topic headings in the next few days and post it.
  14. CaracasBass


    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    I forgot this one:

    "What is distortion??????????"

    Le Classic!!!!!!!!
  15. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Something to the point of "how to choose the bass for you". Like, for instance, does it feel comfortable to you?? How does it sound? Does it fit into your financial range?? You get my drift, I think.

    Don't just go to the store and buy a bass because it is the one that the salesman tells you you need.
    Or because it is the one that Fieldy plays.:rolleyes:
  16. Captain Awesome

    Captain Awesome

    Apr 2, 2001
    Include the setups of MaRk HoPpUs and FiElDy... :rolleyes: :D
  17. "Why does my MIM Fender J/J copy make a loud buzzing or humming sound???"

    "How do I get that "clicking" sound????"


    "Is there a right way to put on strings???"

  18. That`s a great idea JT!!! A Beginner/Newbie FAQ section.

    It would eliminate a lot of clutter on the forums and
    also provide a warm and fuzzy atmosphere for members that are reticent to ask "stupid" questions(moi for one!:oops: ).

    I believe some other members had a similar idea for the other forums as well i.e. amps,general instruction.

    Maybe I`m a knucklehead but sometimes the search function is a hassle;giving you a cyberton of posts to wade through.Perhaps a somewhat more user freindly FAQ would be in order?:)
  19. Blackbird

    Blackbird Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    "Should I get a 5/6/7 or 8 string? "

    "Is it easier/harder to play?"

    "Should I start with 4 and work my way up or just go get the GT7?"

    "What's the difference between MIA, MIJ and MIM?"

  20. Hey now!!!!:eek: Those are about the only questions I am qualified to answer!!!:p Don`t go spoiling all my fun now!;)