my first bass.. is it any good ??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by xpandngreal8y, Aug 3, 2009.

  1. xpandngreal8y


    Jul 29, 2009
    I really like it , ive been playing it about a month, its called a sledgehammer its a p bass copy..Heres my first vid jamming/practicing.. I think it has a pretty cheap sound to it and could probably use a bridge? upgrade..(the part with the springs)

    Thanks, and i appreciate any thoughtful feedback on my playing so far ;)
  2. If you can hear the bass, as you can in your video, I would say that the bass is good enough for your needs at the moment. You are unlikely to need a bass with monstorous tone until you get to play out.

    You may want to search for the hundreds of set-up threads on here to do some basic tweaks and make sure all the adjustments make this particular bass as good as it can be.

    Apart from that, the bass is certainly good enough for you to learn some basic technique. I thought the vid was pretty good for the time you've been playing and it's got an air of enthusiasm, energy and a lack of inhibition...keep all that and start working on getting tighter.

    Difficult to see much on the vid, but my first advice would be to work on your left hand so that you bring your ring finger and pinky into play instead of using your second and third as a kind of fretting claw...Oh, and get a metronome or drum machine to keep time with
  3. Your first bass is much like your first car. It's not supposed to sound or behave good. If it serves its initial purpose (in this case, make sound) then its good enough for you. The more time you put into learning it, the more you'll know what to look for when you upgrade. So really you shouldn't be asking whether its good because its not supposed to sound good at least in comparison to more reputable instruments.

    I had a friend who refused to learn guitar unless he got an expensive one with an expensive amp. His logic was "If it doesn't sound the best then its not worth playing". He got what was coming to him, though. He spent a small fortune on his gear, learned two songs and it ended up sitting in the corner of his room collecting dust for ages. He eventually sold it but for about 1/3 of what he initially paid for. The dolt put it on eBay for a week with a $1 starting bid.
  4. Bass looks and sounds like it will do what you need it to. I wouldn't worry so much about upgrading the bridge - have it setup and practice as much as possible. Keep a journal of what you are practicing to track your progress and maintain focus. Best of luck with it!:bassist:
  5. Zureta


    Nov 25, 2008
    Curitiba, Brazil
    It might be worth the time to learn how to do a basic setup on your bass (if you don't already know how), or perhaps pay a professional to do it. This can sometimes make any bass, cheap or expensive, much easier to play.

    Apart from that, I agree with the general gist of what people are saying. If it's in working condition and not horribly unplayable, you shouldn't worry too much about your gear being top quality just yet.

    As a rank beginner myself, I know that sometimes we have to be humble and admit that the weakest link can be not the equipment, but the player. So that's the part we have to improve first and foremost!

    You'll know when you get good enough to start outgrowing your gear. Just focus on practice, learning and improving yourself before improving your stuff and you'll be fine. :)

    Edit: That being said, your videomaking equipment is lacking compared to your skill! I suggest investing in a couple of lightbulbs immediately, and using them. We need to see what you're doing there in the shadow. :D
  6. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    You have to also consider...

    1. what are you playing through?

    2. how is your tone eq'd on your amp and bass?

    3. is your technique helping or actually hindering your tone?

    Often for a beginner (and often beyond) those three things can do more damage to tone than a new bass helps. Put a new bass in that person's hands and they magically find a way to make it sound like their old bass.

    IMHO, it sounds like you're really hammering the strings when you play, which can thin out your tone and not allow the strings to vibrate effectively. Also adds a boatload of clank and fret noise.