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newbie what guitar should i choose

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by robe, Oct 19, 2003.


  1. robe

    robe

    Oct 19, 2003
    Australia-Brisbane
    Hi everyone, i am wanting to start bass guitar and i have done my research for a few months now and i am choosing between a yamaha RBX170, Ibanez sr100 and a monterey Mab-4. I have read nothing but good reviews for the yamaha and Ibanez, but i cant find 1 review on the monterey.

    here is the site.
    http://www.venuemusic.com.au/Products.asp?ProdID=2362

    or

    http://www.montereyguitars.com/main.html
    and just find bass/mab-4

    The mab-4 looks lke a relly good deal. MAB-4ASH 4 string Bass with two hum cancelling pickups, solid wood body, hard maple neck, 24 fret Rosewood fretboard, high gloss, 2 volume/ 1 tone controls, 2-a-side machine heads, chromed hardware. Solid Ashwood body with Natural Satin finish.
    and i can get it for $407 Australian, about $240 US but it retails at $480.

    please give your opinions ( iam only 13 but willing to pay the money for any of them)
    :) :bassist:
     
  2. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    THe monterey looks pretty nice but i dont know how trusting you can be when you havent read any reviews at all on it...

    :confused: :confused:
     
  3. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    big thing too is how comfortable it feels to play it
    ibanez sr models are really comfy
    if it;s a constant struggle to play every time you will become frustrated way too fast
     
  4. Stephen Soto

    Stephen Soto

    Oct 12, 2003
    Yeah, I had a GSR and now have a Soungear, and they are cooooooomfy ;);)!!
     
  5. I would be more inclined to go with the yamaha because I own a Yamaha and I think they are made well for an inexpensive bass.

    If you can....... play these before you purchase them. Try them all and then decide which feels the best to you!

    Great Entry Level Basses.

    Good luck !


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    Treena
     
  6. olp stingray 4s are still $130 on musicians friend i think..that's a pretty good deal
     
  7. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Anyone tried OLP Spectors?
     
  8. christle

    christle Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    I'll second Treena on this. I would go for the Yamaha as well. I own an RBX270 and think it is really well made for the price. As everyone else said, try before you buy, that will tell you everything you need to know.

    Dan
    :bassist:
     
  9. robe

    robe

    Oct 19, 2003
    Australia-Brisbane
    is that australian dollars or US
     
  10. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Im guesisng American, or thatd be really cheap, right?
     
  11. robe

    robe

    Oct 19, 2003
    Australia-Brisbane
    lol..yeh very cheap.
    Umm im thinking that ill probably go with the yamaha or even he stingray(mainly cos of its good reviews and cheap price), i can use the extra to buy an amp

    Thanx any ways guys and if u have any other suggestions on a good entry level bass at a fairly cheap price, just post it.

    Thanx a lot guys 4 your help:D :)
     
  12. robe

    robe

    Oct 19, 2003
    Australia-Brisbane
    the cheapest i could find for the olp was $195
    but there was the 5 string version for $170
    Just a question, should i begin bass using a 4 string$
     
  13. A simple lesson that I learned the hard way: Play before you Pay. Seriously, it is something worth doing if you want to buy any kind of instrument.
     
  14. Oh I would definitely start out playing bass on a four string. I did and then moved on up. ;)
     
  15. Oh, when I bought my first bass, I bought a pretty good one for a beginner. I bought a Fender P-Bass Lyte which has P/J Pickups and has a jazz neck on a p-bass body for around 620 U.S. dollars. It really helped out with the whole learning experience. I'm not saying that you should go out and buy the most expensive bass you see, but I just thought I would throw that out there...Hehe.
     
  16. The learning curve is the same for either bass (4 or 5). I would suggest 4 until you know what genre of music you will settle into. Others will disagree but that's okay!

    YMMV!

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    Treena
     
  17. robe

    robe

    Oct 19, 2003
    Australia-Brisbane
    thanx heaps u guys. I was just wondering whether musicians friend ship to australia, and wether ther are any shipping costs etc.

    Btw that olp mm3 5 string was reduced from $399US down to $189. It ends up costing the same as an ashton ab2...i no which one id rather.

    What do u guys think of that deal?
     
  18. I agree, I have his old GSR and his Soundgear his sooooooo much more comfy than the GSR!
     
  19. Stephen Soto

    Stephen Soto

    Oct 12, 2003
    Yeah man, definitely ;);)
     
  20. Stephen Soto

    Stephen Soto

    Oct 12, 2003
    Yeah man. Actually I think the GSR is a soundgear (?). Anyway, all of them have the same size neck, they are small, and really fast.