My 10 year old said those 4 magic words..... I wanna play bass!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Baird6869, Dec 5, 2007.

  1. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    Here is his christmas present. 1994 Mexican Fender Stu Hamm Urge. completely mint, and only $249. It sounds great! Demarzio Jazz Pickups are a nice touch.

    Good starter bass? Worth $249? Waddya think?

    It seems to be a 32" scale or so and is very light.

  2. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    Very cool! Is your 10 year old going to be able to play the 34" scale though? I'm thinking that depending on how old my child is if he or she asks to learn bass I would probably get them a short scale.

    Edit: nevermind, I totally didn't see that you said it was a 32" inch scale in your original post.
  3. Mike Shevlin

    Mike Shevlin

    Feb 16, 2005
    Las Vegas
    It is a 32 & perfect for him. I played a Fender Jazz near his age & it felt like a tree but I liked it.
  4. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    Oh, I didn't realize this bass was only 32" inches. Sounds like it is perfect!
  5. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    That's what I thought. :hyper:

    In this price range and a shorter than 34" scale, I would be looking at a Epi EB or Squier Bronco which I think are inferior. The Urge actually feels like something I could play and gig with.
  6. ogrossman


    May 20, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    Are you sure that your 10 YO isn't a TBer?? I hope you didn't spoil the surprise!

    p.s. My kids are both musicians and it's something I'm very proud of
  7. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    Yup, I would agree. Another bass that comes to mind is a short scale SX Jazz, but this bass you bought I'm sure is better than that.
  8. YCBass


    Aug 29, 2007
    No kids atm but I can only imagine how excited I'll be if I heard that in the future.

    One more reason to keep in the backpocket for buying more gear, "But Babe, it's gonna be name here's later on."
  9. lol gotta be a great thing that you're kid asked you that. I'm sure he'll get a great bass instructor.
  10. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Both of my boys play. One is 10 and the other turns 12 in a few days. The 10 yr old has a little interest (took some lessons and plays once every week or two). He uses a Yamaha Motion Bass. 32 inch scale, very light, killer tone (has active EMG's), killer MIJ build quality and it works great for him (when he plays). I would recmommend a Yamaha Motion for any kid starting out. It's really the perfect electric for kids (and many adults love them too).

    The older one (12) is much more serious. He started playing string bass (upright) @ 10 and started with his elementary school orchestra. He caught on VERY fast and they ask him to also be in the school band (the only kid to play in both the orchestra and band in the whole school).

    He then got accepted to a performing arts magnet middle school and plays DB for them. I bought him a nice Englehardt DB that had the works done to it (planed fingerboard, high-end pickup, new nut, etc, etc,). He also plays electric bass, drums and guitar.

    It's soooo fun having kids that are interested in music. Both og my sons have "band practice" at my house (I have guitars, amps, basses, drums, PA, etc) with their rock bands. My house is the "cool" house for them and their friends to hang at because of this. Lovin it! Enjoy!!!!!
  11. prattguy

    prattguy Guest

    May 31, 2007
    Maracaibo, Venezuela
    Congratulations MAN.....that axe sure looks like an excelent begginer´s choice, personally i would be thrilled if my kid (i don´t have any yet) says those magic words....but if he says that he wants to play Drums, i think my heart would explode of joy....just imagine...Father and Son locking into some killer grooves....MUSICAL BLISS.
  12. lovernotfighter

    lovernotfighter Guest

    Nov 2, 2007
    they are going to love it! :)

    its a good starter bass...nicer than my first one :)
  13. 1954bassman


    Jun 7, 2004
    Hickory, NC
    I say ya did good, mate!
  14. Blues Cat

    Blues Cat Payson Fanned Bass Strings Owner Commercial User

    May 28, 2005
    Katy, Tx
    Payson Fanned Bass Strings Owner
    You're the best dad ever!
  15. Stu L.

    Stu L.

    Nov 27, 2001
    Corsicana, Texas
    Hey, I have one of those bases, only in LPB though. The preamps are supposed to be really nice in there too :D
    EDIT, looked at the pic better, mine has a 2 band pre, not a VVT set up. Oops!
  16. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Amazing first bass. I am sure he will enjoy it.
  17. mikopita

    mikopita Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2007
    Central Florida
    My 4-year old mentioned that he wants to play drums. Maybe we need to get them together in a few years. ;)
  18. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    My 12 year old plays drums. Look out Partridge Family!:hyper:

    Wait a sec.... 2 bassists and a drummer?:meh::bassist:
  19. funkybassplayer

    funkybassplayer Commercial User

    Sep 16, 2003
    Longview, TX
    Nordstrand Audio, Epifani
    i think that bass will be a christmas present that he will cherish for a long time
  20. Valerus


    Aug 4, 2005
    If my dad bought me that Hamm model...yeah. Haha.
    Great choice!

    You are so lucky. Haha.