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Need to choose Bass as Xmas gift

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by L00katthatbass, Dec 22, 2018.

  1. L00katthatbass


    Dec 22, 2018
    I'm 100% new to bass, (not music and playing instruments).
    I need a 4 strings bass for punk music.

    What I'm looking for is an instrument that will be built well enough that the neck will be nice and setup well.
    I had a new Squier years ago and the neck was so bad that it put me off playing.

    Any reccommendations? I'll be shopping tomorrow and the day after.
  2. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Fender P-Bass .... Done
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  3. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Is there a budget?
  4. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    I would say that you should factor in that any bass will need a set up, you may get lucky and like one out of the box, but don't count on it.

    As @hrodbert696 says, the budget is a large factor.

    Anything from a 100$ Squier (set up properly) to a multi thousand dollar custom will work, depending on what you like.
  5. BassBuzzRS


    Oct 18, 2005
    Fender P
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  6. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    $300 bass?
    $500 bass?
    $1,000 bass?
    By the way, Squiers today are in an entirely different league than whatever Squier you once had.
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  7. BassAndReeds

    BassAndReeds SUSPENDED

    Oct 7, 2016
    Your expectation should NOT be that it is setup right out of the store. Save $35 to $60 to get it setup, or do it yourself. Plenty of info online to do a setup.

    I’d get a P or PJ style bass. Plenty of options in all price ranges. Squire, ESP LTD, Ibanez, many more. I’d recommend basses with a tone knob vs an active 3 band EQ.
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  8. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    Fender P bass, preferably US made.
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  9. Orange O Bass!!
  10. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    Look at a few Ramones vids on YouTube. Should help you out with the P-Bass recommendations here.
  11. DiscoRiceJ


    Oct 15, 2018
    What do you mean by punk music? It helps if you name a couple things you like. Punk is as diverse as classic rock. I've played some form of punk music for 30 years or so and never got on with a PBass. I like them, just can't play them.
  12. Karl_V


    Jul 31, 2015
    View attachment 3258003 The blue Warlock as my pic was my road dog through my goth punk time. Outside of radical shape its just a p bass the pups where swapped from passive stock to active EMGs after the demo but before the album. So I'm going to go with just about any cost effective p bass will be punk worthy. Anything too expensive will generally be looked at with some contempt. Maybe player series of mim fender p, but a squier will hold its own just as easy.
  13. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    Bonus points if it's white wit ha black pickguard.

    All sorts available according to budget from Squier up to Custom Shop or vintage.

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  14. Sounds like you need an Alembic! I’m kidding, what they said! Or also a sterling by musicman sub, the stingray is also a punk staple and shouldn’t be overlooked!
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2018
  15. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Welcome to TalkBass!

    Fender Precision. Aaaaaaaaaaaand scene.
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  16. MTN.bass72

    MTN.bass72 Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2010
    Blue Ridge, Ga

    Go grab a Squier P... toss some Ernie Ball regular Slinkys or DR Black Beauties on ... get a good set up... plug on, turn up, rock it , own it!!
    Just make sure you have a tuner, and use it:thumbsup:
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  17. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it

    The Mexico and Japan made ones are also preferable.
  18. J-Mags

    J-Mags Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2018
    Durham NC
    Cheap: Music Man Sub4, Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar, Squier Vintage Modified P-Bass. Squier Classic Vibe anything

    Mid-price: Fender Player Series P-Bass or Jaguar Bass. Fender Standard Series P-Bass.

    Expensive: who cares?

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