Newbie Bass Recommendations

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by satchman, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. satchman


    Jul 3, 2008
    Hi guys & gals,

    I've been a guitarist thatt's always been keen to learn the bass proper and am planning to get a relatively cheap bass to begin.

    Been testing out a few Yamaha - RBX174, 274 and 374, as well as a few Ibanez - GSR200FM & SRX300. Although I'm not familiar with bass tones, I just love the feel, sounds and playability of the Ibanez SRX300.

    Is the SRX300 ok for a beginner? I guess I'm more and old school sound type of guy and like the funky riffs of blues, R&B, pop, etc (no nu-metal stuff).

    Your feedback is much appreciated!
  2. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    If you love the feel, sound, and playability of the SRX300, what's your question?
  3. Can I be that fender-nut who always suggest a P or j bass for a beginner?

    Please? :D
  4. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    New Standard Answer- Go to a store with your money. Try as many basses as you want. Buy the one you like the most, and can afford. Seriously, it's that easy.
  5. satchman


    Jul 3, 2008
    Thanks for the answers guys.

    Ask me to choose any guitar and I can make a recommendation. Basses on the other hand - I'm lost!

    My idea of feel, sound, etc is based on my guitar knowledge so was wondering if there's anything bad about the SRX300 compared to the GSR200FM or vice versa? Should I spend the little more on the SRX or get the GSR and a small bass amp?

    Or should I just spend a little extra on something better? Choices here in the Far East are limited and we're limited to Fender, Ibanez, Yamaha and some OLPs... sigh...
  6. If you haven't tried any get your hands on some fender Js or Ps and see what you think.
  7. SurrenderMonkey


    Aug 18, 2006
    For beginners (or any skill level really), you can practically choose anything by Yamaha and Ibanez, and you'll be set. If you prefer the SRX to the GSR, then by all means. As for amplification, you'll have to spend a little to get something decent. Cheap amps are pretty rubbish (which isn't true for cheap bass guitars). Second hand will get you a lot further (especially on the amplification front).

    If you like old school, rock / blue / funk tones, look for a Yamaha BB414. Great bass for the money.
  8. Gubna


    Oct 21, 2006
    San Francisco
    relatively cheap?

    Get an SX bass from
  9. You can't go wrong with Ibanez. The SR, and SRX have very nice thin/narrow necks if thats part of your criteria.