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Need advice on what to look for in my first bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by masakoda, Sep 7, 2013.

  1. masakoda


    Sep 7, 2013
    Hello guys, I've just joined this forum but have been reading threads for a couple months now and I would like your advice on my first bass. I play guitar and drums and have read some of the threads so I am not a complete noob, but I am probably like noob pro. I need help looking for my first bass and my first bass amp as well. I live in japan and my budget is 100000yen or just about $1000(american). From what I have seen online I can get a mij fender bass for relatively cheap. But then again I dont know much about basses so if you guys could help me choose a bass and an amp for my budget it would be greatly appreciated.:)
  2. IronLung1986


    May 19, 2010
    Exeter, NH
    well an MIJ jazz is an excellent bass, no doubt about that. you'd be fine for years to come with one of those. but you'll want to try different stuff and see what you like best.
  3. rcellsjr


    Sep 5, 2013
    Yes IronLung1986 has it right! The MIJ Fenders are excellent instruments as are the MIJ Squires I owned an MIJ P-Bass and gigged with it and got many compliments on the sound of it as for an amp if you are planning on gigging out then a Fender Rumble 75 will do you nicely both bass and amp will fit into your budget with cash to spare at least at USA prices the bass should run you no more than $400 USD and the amp no more than $300 USD at those prices you should have cash left over for the little things such as instrument cables, extra strings a strap etc. Also think about investing in a hard case for your instrument you won't be sorry later on as gig bags afford only minimum protection. Good Luck and keep thumping!
  4. JCheung


    Jan 25, 2013
    Herndon, VA
    Since you're in Japan, I'd highly recommend trying some of the MIJ standard PJ Jazz basses. It's a Jazz body with a precision pickup at the neck position and a jazz pick up in the bridge side. Or a MIJ Jazz bass. way get a good amp first, a strong amp will make much more of a difference than a good bass through a wimpy speaker. After a good amp I'd take a look at what music you like to listen to. What bands have the bass sound you like? More often than not it is either a precision or a jazz bass, but that won't always be the case.
  5. masakoda


    Sep 7, 2013
    I was interested in what the PJ jazz basses sounded like but I also found the aerodyne jazz bass with the same pickup configuration. What is the difference?
    I listen to rock most of the time, but I will play for the school band sometimes so I will need to have a bass that covers a wide range of genres from jazz to rock. I think a J bass or P bass are what most bands play anyway so it seems like they cover a great range of sounds.
    Thanks rcellsjr for the amp suggestion its probably all I need for now. :D
  6. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    I…am…soooooooo jealous! Masakoda, you could get a non-export Aerodyne without paying the enormous shipping fees. Specifically, this one…
    (I want one in Candy Apple Red so very, very badly!)

    My first bass was an export-model Aerodyne like this…
    …which is slightly different than the non-exports, like this one…

    The only real difference between them is that the non-exports have a Stratocaster-style output jack. What sets Aerodynes apart from other basses is more than the P/J configuration, it's the carved top body. This means it's much slimmer across the front which, when combined with the basswood body, you get a very lightweight bass.

    Mine weighs a mere 8.5lbs (3.855kg), has excellent balance, has a great deal of sonic versatility and is sexy as Hell! It was, in my opinion, a great starter bass.

    I can't give any suggestions on amps. I'm in a very noise-restrictive household, so I get by (rather well, I may say) with a headphone amp.
  7. masakoda


    Sep 7, 2013
    well I am now very strongly considering buying an aerodyne jazz bass because the used market in japan is abundant with them and I can get them for cheaper than a new PJ jazz standard. There is also the carved top which makes it lighter and easier to play too I imagine. Sadly, I couldn't find a red one used Malak, but there was a white one used that looked classy and sexy!
  8. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    The nice thing about buying used is when you're ready to try something else you can always resell it without taking too much of a loss. You can even come out ahead if you're careful.
  9. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Look for five strings on a MIJ Fender Jazz Bass.
  10. adi77

    adi77 Banned

    Mar 15, 2007
    its a precision bass MIA

    and wow!!


    even i want this next one :)


    i think u should check out this site

  11. adi77

    adi77 Banned

    Mar 15, 2007
    now i wanna buy one
  12. masakoda


    Sep 7, 2013
  13. adi77

    adi77 Banned

    Mar 15, 2007
    man both these look sweeeeeet (i'd pick the grey one:))

    i still like this one the best:
  14. masakoda


    Sep 7, 2013
  15. adi77

    adi77 Banned

    Mar 15, 2007
    yeah i prefer the grey one just coz i like how it looks.. any chance u could try these??
  16. masakoda


    Sep 7, 2013
    yes about half of these stores I can travel to and try it out, unless it says webshop which is exactly what it sounds like so no testing out those. I plan on going to ochanomizu in the near future, and let me tell you that ochanomizu is a musicians dream. Instruments everywhere you look, with stores lined up right next to each other down the whole street. I love it there. but yea I can go try out these basses.
  17. bassmalone4

    bassmalone4 Banned

    Sep 9, 2013
    I think Japan's Tune are some of the best basses on the planet.
  18. adi77

    adi77 Banned

    Mar 15, 2007
    ya bro.. try the basses that you have singled out and u will have a better idea.. man that place seems like guitar heaven.. :) saw the black aerodyne??