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Need some advice

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Steelio, Jul 3, 2003.


  1. Steelio

    Steelio

    Jul 3, 2003
    I am a college student who has a background in music and I was wondering, what kind of bass guitar should i look for when freshly starting out? Any other advice on learning tips, trusted brands, suppliers, etc. would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!!
     
  2. Steeleye, I'm moving your post up into the "Basses" section. You'll get more response there.
     
  3. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Hi, Steelio -

    Before the smart-arse comments start, let me welcome you to TalkBass!

    You may want to spend a few hours searching the archives by keyword. This subject comes up frequently, and a lot of good info can be found in past postings.

    If you have specific questions, by all means ask away! However, some of our members tend to meet general questions like this with hoots of derision, which then causes us mods to have to pick up our sticks and whips.

    In answer to your question, it's hard to go bad with a Fender "Standard" (AKA MIM, for Made in Mexico) series bass. However, that's a broad answer to a broad question - what style of music will you be playing? What tone do you want? What's your budget?

    Again, welcome!

    (P.S. - fill out your profile, it'll help us get a feel for you and your interests!)
     
  4. Steelio

    Steelio

    Jul 3, 2003
    Thanks for the great info. I appreciate the advice.
     
  5. this is just my opinion, but ive only been playin since december and I got my Ibanez GSR-200 which I think is a great starter bass. At www.musiciansfriend.com you can get it for $220 or something like that. That is my opinion, other people have theirs, but don't just go off of opinions here, do research on the subject, maybe go to your local music store and play some to see how you like it and stuff. Good luck with the search ~ Tyler
     
  6. soularis

    soularis

    Jul 3, 2003
    Illinois, USA
    The way I look at it there are different brands for different levels. Like the entry-level basses, the pro instrument, and high-end basses..

    Depending on how serious you want to play bass you can chose accordingly. For example, good entry level basses maybe found from Yamaha and Ibanez: not too expensive, overall good quality. If you want to go upper 500$ limit you can look for a discent Fender or the rest of the herd. Then there is another 1000$ limit from which different level of basses starts.... just do your research and study the basses, see what you like and what feels good to you. The used instrument market is another story altogether, although one thing for sure: you get what you pay for. Good luck and peace.
     
  7. Steelio

    Steelio

    Jul 3, 2003
    I am looking for an overall good sound for many genres of music. I like Jazz, Funk, and Rock and my pricew range is about $200. Given that is probably an impossible request. Is a Fender Precision a good choice?
     
  8. As much as I like the fender jazz basses, the precision is a good bass. also look at the ibanez gsr200 for $220 on www.musiciansfriend.com and search there for other ones too, they give good deals. ~ Tyler
     
  9. soularis

    soularis

    Jul 3, 2003
    Illinois, USA
    check the used instruments market then, for that price I'm sure you can find something playable in that area, the low-end entry-level basses are worthless and are waste of money.
     
  10. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    http://rondomusic.com

    Great, CHEAP instruments. I have never heard anyone complain about them.

    You may also want to look into used MIM fenders.