NBD: My first bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CodyMonster, Jul 13, 2020.

  1. CodyMonster


    Jun 15, 2020
    Got my first bass today. I've been scouring the forums and online retailers like a total noob for a few weeks now, min-maxing and trying to stay on budget.

    I pulled the trigger on an LTD B204SM Fretless last week, got a good deal on a new one that I could not pass up and it was on top of my list. Found a used Hartke combo and ordered some stuff online. Shweet jesus I forgot all about the odds-and-ends I need to get the thing playing :)

    Picked up the amp today and also got some boxes in the mail.





    Now to start learning how to use the damned thing. Tried something today but I only managed to scare the local wildlife away.
  2. Congratulations and welcome to the low end! You’re jumping in the deep end right away with a fretless too. If I was wearing a hat, I would tip it toward you. I think I waited 2 years before I got the courage to give it a shot. Your bass has a very nice top.
  3. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player

    Mar 14, 2011
    Congrats! Love their spalted maple. They do a great job.
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  4. Old Fart

    Old Fart

    Mar 11, 2011
    Why on Earth would you want to play bass? Nevermind. We know the answer. What we don't know is why everyone does not want to play bass.

  5. CodyMonster


    Jun 15, 2020

    Thanks!!! Loving the maple as well, I think I got lucky on the shapes in the wood. And yeah, fretless, I am starting at zero, thought I might as well go full monty even if it takes a bit longer to get the fingerings right. Hopefully I don't regret the decision.
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  6. Old Fart

    Old Fart

    Mar 11, 2011
    That's a very attractive bass. It looks like it costs way more than any of my basses. You are doing fine so far. We will just sit here with the popcorn and watch.

    I am trying to learn fretless. Yes, it makes sense to just start there.
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  7. CodyMonster


    Jun 15, 2020
    I paid $425 for the bass, amp was $225 second hand. Thought about going for a $100-150 starter combo amp but everything that was available new/used over here would have me buying something else next year. This looks like it will be more than anything I will be needing, no plans for doing gigs, just noodling at home.

    My inspiration for going fretless is this:

    Hopefully in 20-30 years I can figure it out and attempt to repeat it :)
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  8. rzamites

    rzamites Total Bass Hack

    Jun 27, 2020
    Congrats on the new bass - it's absolutely gorgeous! Enjoy playing and learning to tear it up on a fretless :)
  9. Great choice. I started with Fretless bass as well after a treble guitar background. I now have 4 Fretless and 14 fretted along with my treble guitars but love playing Fretless. Big ESP/LTD fan too.
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  10. CodyMonster


    Jun 15, 2020
    :wideyed: 18 basses? :jawdrop:

    With so many beautiful instruments out there, I can see why people keep collecting them as time goes by.
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  11. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    I played fretted bass for 6 months and almost quit... got a good fretless and played only that for the next 6 years. :D

    Play yours well and often. :)
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  12. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Haha, what a great first bass! Gorgeous. Congrats.
    And I wouldn't worry about the wildlife. As long as the kid next door is learning clarinet you can't do any harm.
  13. HeavyJazz

    HeavyJazz Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    Nice choice of combo. Enjoy!
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  14. Looks like you are off to a great start bass and equipment wise. That's a lot better than I started bass wise. Though i had a USA Tesecaster before I started playing bass.
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  15. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014

    You're starting off with way nicer gig than me and probably 90% of the folks on this board... nothing wrong with that at all!

    Learn the 12-bar blues (the I-IV-V progression... plenty of YouTube videos and websites to assist you there) and you'll be on your way.

    Go thump it!

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    MYLOWFREQ Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
    That's a very nice looking one, congrats!
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  17. BarfanyShart


    Sep 19, 2019
    DC Metro
    Good stuff. It's not really a big deal to start on fretless. Plenty of us started on Double Bass, nothing to be scared of, lots of stringed instruments don't have frets.
  18. Cutter8

    Cutter8 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2018
    Congratulations, you done good! You went with very high value per dollar choices that should serve you well. Also, I seriously respect your source of inspiration. Remco is a true innovator and a MONSTER of a player! If I could choose any bassist in the world to study with, he would be a top 3 contender. :thumbsup:
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  19. Good Lord! I wish I started with half of that! Very much so Congrats on your new rig! And welcome to a lifelong journey that will take you on quite the adventure ;)

    Also, youre very quite brave going headfirst and getting a fretless for your first. Im excited to see how you turn out as a player.

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  20. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Congratulations !
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