It seems that every now and then, a member feels the need to ask which is the "best" bass out there for them, if not the best bass of all, as if such a thing existed. Beginners, of course, can be forgiven for wanting to start on the "right" instrument, and unlike us folks who started playing last century, , they have a lot more choices, which makes sorting through it all so much more confusing. So, let's make one thing clear, if not for all, at least for once: There is no such thing as a "best" bass! Think about it, if there were just one bass that blew all the others out of the water, would there be so many brands to choose from? In order for there to be a "best" bass, everyone, without exception, would have to be exactly the same in every way: we'd all have to be the same build and height, have the same hand size and play the same kind of music with the same level of skill through the same kind of amp in the same kind of band. It doesn't take a genius to realize that this is impossible. The market is flooded with all sorts of instruments of different configurations, materials, specifications and price ranges: 4, 5, 6, 7 and more strings, all sorts of scales, Fretted/ fretless/fanned frets and non, active/ passive electronics, acoustic/ electric/ bolt on/ neck through bodies with or without multiple wood laminations because we're all so different! Knowing all these things, how can a person expect there to be one best, and believe a group of strangers on the internet will be able to pick one instrument for them? Like the saying goes, One person's Wishnevsky is another person's Alembic. What works for one player might not work for another, although I think no one will disagree that a good musician is capable of picking up any reasonably well made instrument and make it work, and that's all any bassist, regardless of skill or style should really care about. This is just one cranky guy's opinion, but it seems to me that folks who are obsessed with finding a "best" bass are relying too much on the instrument to get their sound for them. (I'm excluding posts that compare specific models listed for specific purposes, but even those have an element of "which of these will get my sound for me"?) So, can we get a rest on these "best" threads? End of rant, flame me, PM me, do what you will. Fellow mods, sorry for all the extra work. Please move this to Miscellaneous if you feel it's out of place.