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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 311 fan, Oct 3, 2000.

  1. 311 fan

    311 fan

    Sep 24, 2000
    La Verne, CA
    My friends gonna take up bass as an instrument. But, first he needs to get a bass. I was thinking of a package, you know, like, a bass, an amp, a cord, and so on. Any ideas. Oh yeah, it cant be to much. Hes a only a begginner with a low budget. Thanx!
  2. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    In my experience, beggining with cheap Instruments/amps is somewhat good, but it depends on "cheapness"
    Lets see:
    Rogue does that, they couple a Bass and an Amp for abouyt $250, but how good can it be?

    A good (or at least a little powerful) amp is imoortant, specially if he gets to be playing with other people. So dont let him buy a 10 Watt Amp.

    Also, a good begginer bass would be a Crestwood P-Bass copy, a Squire P-Bass, or any good bass that he can find at E-bay.
    Tobias Toby Deluxe could be ca nice choice too, but I dont know if he can afford it.
  3. jfsjbb


    Aug 29, 2000
    Your friend might be better of to buy used stuff.

    Especially when you start playing you need an instrument that's not an obstacle to your technical development. I suggest trying to find a Fender P or J copy, as these basses (and so their copies) are kind of standard instruments. They are open for any musical development.

    Try to get something that can be sold without losing too much if the whole thing doesn't work out properly.

    Spend $500 on a package, sell it later for $250, you lose $250 for a try to learn how to play the bass. Spend $250 on a package, and you might get back nothing. Anyway, you lose $250.

    However, I'm sure you have better chance of keeping on playing if you start with the better package

  4. Jennifer


    Jul 31, 2000
    Erie, Illinois
    I started out with a rental unit. There was a minimum of 3 months to rent, and it was about $35 per month. Everything in the package was brand new. It came with a Sammick bass, gig bag, practice amp (can't remember what kind), tuner, stand, cord, strap, book and cd. After using that for 3 months, I was ready to go buy. It was a good way for me to gain a little knowledge without spending too much money right away.
  5. Craig H

    Craig H

    Mar 23, 2000
    Kansas City
    Think "inexpensive" rather than "cheap." Squier P's and J's can be had for relatively little cash and have decent quality. I agree with the sentiment that too cheap an instrument can be a hinderance to learning to play. For example, if the bass is uncomfortable to play, a person is less likely to spend time playing it.

    Just my two cents.

    Good luck! :)

  6. Jennifer


    Jul 31, 2000
    Erie, Illinois
    Aack! There's a cop on the board!! :D

    Good for you Craig! It's impressive what you and your band are doing for the kids.
  7. Deynn

    Deynn Moderator Emeritus

    Aug 9, 2000
    Craig...The local police band played at my six year old son's school...and he LOVED it! Except now...he wants to be a DRUMMER!!! :eek: :D
    You guys do great work...in all phases of your job. Thanks!!!
  8. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Okay, honestly, I know that there's nothing really wrong with Rogue, and that for what they are, they're not bad, but how funny would it be, to go into a Guitar Center, and with a straight face, say:

    "Hi. I play bass in a popular cover band, and I'm looking for a new rig and PA system. I'm going to be playing outdoor to crowds of 2,000 and more, and money is absolutely no object. I need the best quality I can find. What do you have in Rogue?!"
  9. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    Fender and Ibanez make fairly decent cheap but not too cheap package deals
  10. rojo412

    rojo412 Walnut is fun! Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    How much is this dude willing to spend?

    My professional opinion: Look to the USED market for a bass and look to either the SLIGHTLY USED market or cheap new market for an amp. You'll end up better in the end.

    Packages are okay, but a bit limited.

    GOOD POINT: instruments which aren't a joy to play don't get played as much.

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