newbie purchase

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Funky Dung, Mar 28, 2001.

  1. Funky Dung

    Funky Dung

    Mar 25, 2001
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Greetings, all :)

    I have a question, but first let me set up my situation.

    I'm a complete newbie to music making. This summer a good friend will be teaching me bass. I hope to buy my equipment from the local guitar shop Pittsburgh Guitars ( I'm looking for something in the range of $200 - $300. The guy at the shop described these:

    brand new Fender/Squier Precision $258

    1987 Fender Precision
    made in Japan, very good condition, some lacquer chips on the front, and lots of belt buckle on the back, price includes hard case

    1998 Epiphone EB-1
    excellent condition, price includes hard case

    My question for you knowledgeable folks is which (if any) of these you would recommend to a newbie. Thanks in advance. :)
  2. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    no question about that, go with the japanese precision.
    good luck
  3. JohnL


    Sep 20, 2000
    Grayson, GA
    Aye, mate. The Squire is a piece of plywood wth a MIM neck. The Epiphone...well never mind. Definently go with the MIJ precision. Unlike me, you will not be sorry. (see my post on "First Bass" today)
  4. Another vote for the MIJ Fender P bass. (by the way since you're new, in reference to Fender you will see alot of abreviations. MIM= made in mexico, MIJ= Made in Japan, and MIA= Made in America.)

    Good luck and welcome to the low end.
  5. Funky Dung

    Funky Dung

    Mar 25, 2001
    Pittsburgh, PA
    This site is great! :) I've never used a message board with such quick, friendly, and helpful responses.

    I look forward to talking to you folx about technique as I'm learning. :)
  6. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Woodland Hills, CA
    I am pretty sure that usually goes for about $150 new in Guitar Center, Hollywood. Does this bass commonly get that expensive out of cali?
  7. Funky Dung

    Funky Dung

    Mar 25, 2001
    Pittsburgh, PA
    It's a Special (sorry I left that out). Does that make a difference?
  8. seamus


    Feb 8, 2001
    MIJ Precision all the way
  9. that squier special is a rip-off...i got mine for $145 and i'm in IOWA!
    mij fender, oi. belt marks won't matter anyway, they're on the inside.
  10. Funky Dung

    Funky Dung

    Mar 25, 2001
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I'm gonna go with the MIJ (assuming it's still there by Saturday).

    In all fairness to Pittsburgh Guitars, perhaps the Squier's a bundle deal (hard case, etc), thus warranting the higher price.
  11. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    The only way that Squier is a good deal is if it includes case, strap, cord, video, tuner and cheapo amp.

    The Japanese P bass will serve you well, and if you decide after a few months that the bass isn't for you, you could get almost what you paid for it back with little trouble.

    Good luck with whatever you decide, and BTW, Welcome to Talkbass!:)
  12. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
  13. Jake15


    Jan 17, 2001
    USA, PA
    Hey funkey dung, I live in the pittsburgh area and im selling my bass caus i want an american fender.
    Its a washburn rb2000.Not even a year old and comes with a hard shell case.I'd be willing to sell for way way way under list price of 899$.Tell me if you are interested.
  14. red_rhino

    red_rhino Gold Supporting Member

    Here's another vote for the MIJ Precision. This would most likely be
    the best playing, best sounding of the three basses you mentioned.
    (Plus, as someone else mentioned, the depreciation has already been
    taken on this one. You could sell it later for pretty close to what you
    paid if you ever want to upgrade.)

    If you really want to buy new, I would look at the MIM Jazz over the
    Squire Precision. But that's just my opinion.

  15. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    I don't like Fenders.
    I think P-basses are very limited, tone wise.
    From your alternatives, I would choose ---- MIJ Precision

    :oops: I am a real weirdo :oops:
  16. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Welcome to TalkBass!!!! Another vote for the MIJ P bass!!!
  17. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    MIJ precision would be your best bet. Even though I don't like fenders, I have played a lot of them, and the MIJ P bass is twice the bass that the Squire is.
  18. Mr. X

    Mr. X

    Mar 29, 2001
    I had an MIJ Precision and although I liked the tone..I didn't care at all for the neck. And then when I tried to sell it..I was lucky to get even half of what I paid for it.
    If possible, you may want to check out a Squier Pbass special. These go for about $200 and are a decent bass for the money.
  19. Funky Dung

    Funky Dung

    Mar 25, 2001
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I figured I ought to put this thread to rest. Today I bought my bass - the MIJ. It's in really good condition and sounds great. :)

    Thanks to all who helped a newbie join your ranks. :)

    Attached is a picture of it. Sorry about the low quality, but that's all my webcam could muster.

    BTW, I taught myself my first bass line this evening: "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" by Pink Floyd. Yeah, I know it's cake, but what do ya want from a rookie? ;)