newbie electric bassist

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by xippie, Oct 15, 2001.

  1. xippie


    Oct 15, 2001
    hiyas everyone!

    well i was just wondering what kind of bass you would recommend to a beginner that's relatively cheap...and amps too...which ones are good?

    also...what are the basics to playing bass? I mean, i know how to play the double bass pretty well, but now i'm taking on electric. I know when to change notes when i play with a band (just change root note with the change in chord) but how do I embellish it? Do I need to know my arpeggios and chords really well?

    Oh well, I'm lost...thanks for your time =)
  2. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    i suggest you to buy used. you can have a better bass for less money. ask a competent friend to come with you to music shops and listen to him. i suggest you to buy a used fender precision or jazz bass. for the amp the most important thing is the wattage. ask yourself if you want to play serious or not and try to know if you are going to play in a band in short time. in this case buy a combo amp rated at 100w. such as the ampeg b 100r. otherwise you can buy a less powerful amp to practice. lessons are really important. hope you like playing bass!
    enjoy and welcome on board
  3. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Lesson one:
    the amp should be electric, not you! Stay away from those holes in the wall.
    Lesson two:
    you are a bassist. Bassists are not cheap, even beginners. BTW, being DB'st should make your straighter!

    Having cleared this out, I come to this: WELCOME to TalkBass, and never mind the above. ;)

    Buy used if you can. Much more value for the money. If you can't find anything good enough on that shelf, try a Squier or MIM F.... Jazz. Jazz is versatile for relatively little money.
    A F..../Squier or TraceElliot or Hartke practice amp @30W will take you further than you'd believe.

    For you, a converting double bassist, fretless should be an option. If has several more tonal variations, better possibilities to play in tune and better feel (both for fingers and for ear). And can be slapped, too! Dispite what some claim! I heard Mikael Rosén do that last friday, and I gasped over the sight of the unfretted board.:cool: :cool::cool:

    Again: welcome, and go hunt down a decent bass.