Need help choosing my first bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Herumor, Jul 28, 2003.

  1. Herumor


    Jul 28, 2003
    I´ve realised how fun it is to play the bass and now I need a good, cheap bass. Since I have a V-amp 2 for my guitar, there´s no need for an amp yet (it´s supposed to work for bass too). I live in Sweden, which means limited choices at very high prices, but some models I´ve found are:
    Fender copies from J&D, Reno, Samick (Greg Bennet) and Squire
    Cort Action bass
    Samick PMB41S (music man copy)
    BurnOut AXB2 (the one on the submitted picture)

    The Burnout costs a little more than the others, but it´s still in my pricerange. It also includes a Vox T15 amp. It looks better (when comparing specs), but I´m hesitating because I´ve never heard of it before. The specs are:
    ash body
    7 piece mahogany/maple neck (neck-thru)
    2 humbuckers with active controls
    made in Vietnam

    I will try some of them out, of course. But if any of you could give me some helpful advice, I would be happy. I want to spend as little as possible on this bass, since I probably will upgrade my gear when advancing from the total newbie stage. :)
  2. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    The burnout looks good and active thru neck isnt exactly a bad starting point! vox are nice amps. even the tiddly ones ;)

    personally i'd go for the squire. Jazz (of course!)

    my advice to ALL new bass players is: buy the most expensive fender you can afford
  3. doc540


    Jul 28, 2003
    Beaumont, Texas
    What kind of question is that?

    Buy the kind that attracts the most Swedish girls.

  4. Herumor


    Jul 28, 2003
    LOL @ doc540 :D

    Actually, I´m leaning towards a J- or P-bass (squire or other brand). Then I´ll have money left for a cool strap to impress the girls ;)

    I´ve heard much negative feedback about squires though. Are they worth the money? I can´t afford a real Fender. In Sweden, the list price for a MIM standard J-bass is like $700-800.
  5. doc540


    Jul 28, 2003
    Beaumont, Texas
    Check the massive "Essex" thread here.
  6. Believe me, Squiers will definitely do the trick. I used mine for a year and a half, playing a couple gigs, and it was a good starting point.

    I hear that Essex basses are the same price, but a lot better. I've never played one, but it gets good review.
  7. doc540


    Jul 28, 2003
    Beaumont, Texas
    My photoflame'd Essex beater was all of $130.
  8. artistanbul

    artistanbul Nihavend Longa Vita Brevis

    Apr 15, 2003
    If you have a friend willing to bring it to you from US ( I did ) get a PJ or SJB essex.

    You won't regret it.
  9. Herumor


    Jul 28, 2003
    thanks everyone for the help. I´ll do some research on those Essex basses and try out a couple of Squires.
  10. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    i;d go for the squier J. sod all those who say squires are ****. theyre great when all you can afford is a £150 bass. and didnt everyone start off with that.

    when you know what you want in a bass you can buy a JP or MIA or conklin for $2500 !

    squires are great for learning.
  11. That Burnout seems very interesting, and since its your money I'm spending, I'd go with that:D

    Of course, Squiers are generally a very good beginner bass, and that may be your best bet, especially since you'll buy something better down the road anyway (well, hopefully:cool:)

    Essex is the stock answer to this question, but the money and hassle of getting it over the Atlantic would probably be too much, unless you have an American friend coming over to visit in the near future that is;)
  12. soularis


    Jul 3, 2003
    Illinois, USA
    I wouldn't go for the copies of J or P, I played Squier Precision at school's orchestra, very intensive practice/performing. That bass is a junk. That's all I can say. That bass on the photo looks like a good deal to me. Good luck.