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Playing electric bass guitar, without amp

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Burialist, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. Burialist


    Nov 19, 2012
    I really want to learn how to play bass guitar. I just love funky bass lines..yyeeahh!
    Well, here comes the old problem. At moment i dont have money
    for both, bass guitar and good amplifier.
    So i am willing to play on electric bass guitar, without amplifier for month or two if that is possible.
    I know there is solution for that... acoustic bass. But i really want to play electric bass. So whats your opinion.
    Would electric bass without amplifier do me any good, or is it
    necesery for me to wait month or two, to get both, guitar and amp.

    Thank you for your opinion
  2. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    You can get by without an amp for practice , but you will need one to develop your touch .
  3. do you know anyone with an old guitar amp. They will work turned down really low. just sound a little crappy
  4. khutch

    khutch Praise Harp

    Aug 20, 2011
    suburban Chicago
    Get one of these, you will want one in the long run anyway. I am sure there are other brands and models and Guitar Center is not the only place to get them. You can probably find one in the TB classifieds too.

  5. Burialist


    Nov 19, 2012
    nicee..those headphone amp saved my day
    thanks ken
  6. Russell L

    Russell L

    Mar 5, 2011
    Cayce, SC
    Or get a cheap stethoscope and tape it to the bass' body. Heh, heh, it works. No electricity needed.
  7. Here's the answer. $27 for the Fiio on Amazon and $7 for the 1/2 inch mono to 1/8 inch stereo from Radio Shack. Make sure the mono is male and stereo a female.
  8. mellowgerman


    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
  9. meatwad


    Apr 9, 2008
    Smallville, USA
  10. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    I practiced without an amp for 5 years, I don't recommend it. Headphone amps are the way to go.
  11. satellite4


    May 23, 2011
    SF Bay Area

    I also recommend checking out pawn/thrift shot for a way cheap beat up guitar amp, or bass amp if possible. Something like around $50....That's what I used when I was learning and kinda dug the dirty sound.
  12. pocketgroove


    Jun 28, 2010
    Where are you located? What sort of budget are you working with? What are you planning on buying for a bass?
  13. MakoMan


    Oct 17, 2011
    Pretty much any pawn shop will have one or two super cheap guitar amps in the $20-25 range. They'll do for low volume practice until you can afford a real bass amp.
    You might also be able to find a used Ibanez 10 watt bass amp for 25 bucks. I did. Not the best bass amp, but certainly fine as a practice amp... headphone output, line in and extremely portable.
  14. Uncle K

    Uncle K The bass player doesn't get a sandwich Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    I practice without an amp all the time. If it takes a few weeks until you can afford a cheap practice amp then its no big deal.

    When you say "amp" I have the feeling that you mean a big, giggable rig. If so, great. But get a little 15 watt or headphone amp first, then save for the big rig. Shop around, buy used, and figure out the tone you want first.
  15. xUptheIronsx

    xUptheIronsx Conform or Be Cast Out....

    Feb 6, 2010
    C-ville, Col, Ohio
    I probably play more unplugged than I do plugged, mostly b/c a bass is in my hands pretty much anytime I have down time. I am in the same boat as well...money constrictions, so I have never felt the need to get a practice amp.
  16. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I think acoustic is your answer. You can learn while actually hearing yourself. By the time you've saved enough for a decent setup, you'll already have a solid foundation.
  17. fmachia


    Nov 19, 2012
    I had the same problem when I was starting up. I started practicing with a borrowed fernandes bass. Four months later I bought a Washburn xb100 (which I still own) and the 6.5"/15watt SX amp in the combo that mellowgerman listed. The xb100 was the cheapest decent bass I could get, and I dont regret buying it, I still have it with me. Plays nice and sound good too. I went cheap first so I could experiment with it. I messed with the bridge and trussrod just to find out how it all worked. I learned a lot, but had to have a tech set it up twice because of my "experiments"!:p
    The combo does not sound good, but volume is ok ffor practice, and for 15 watts. Aslo, it is not too deep in size, kinda like a slim suitcase, so I used to tilt it back against a wall in order to get the speaker point in a 45º angle at my face. It used to pick up radio stations though, funny at first but incredibly frustrating very shortly after.
    This is my first post and I realise it is too loong and wordy already.:bag:
    In short, get a decent bass and go with the headphone amp thing, I will be money well spent until you can afford a decent combo to plug into. Cheers from Argentina!:bassist:
  18. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Me too. Often times with multiple amps sitting right next to me.

    If you have to wait a little while to get an amp, no big deal.
  19. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    If you want to try something really different, try resting your chin on the upper horn of the bass. The bone in your jaw will transmit the vibrations to your ear.

    Yes, I've used this.
  20. ics1974


    Apr 13, 2012
    I have the VOX headphone amp and it works well.