Recomendation For beginner bass..electric..

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by diddlybopper, Dec 4, 2005.

  1. diddlybopper


    Nov 14, 2004
    Want to buy my 11 yr old grandson a 5 string 24fret ele.Decent quality but nothing overly $$$...maybe a couple hundred,any recomends are appreciated.If you have one for sale I'd prefer to buy here than getting ripped at ePray.
  2. Charles Shores

    Charles Shores Commercial User

    Jul 26, 2005
    Well, I think there is a better place for this thread, but I'm gonna go ahead an answer.

    First, check out the bass guitar classifieds.

    For a few hundred, you wont get a good B. The lowest priced good B is the BTB series from ibanez (IMO) and thats around 350 used (i think) SO maybe it's doable, because that actually is a few hundred lol.

    Then think about his this 11 year old hand is gonna handle a bass, especially with a low B , and probably at your price range, a longer scale.

  3. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
  4. pumpmuppet


    Nov 17, 2005
    I completely agree that a 5 string may be a bit of a hindrance for an 11 year old, and indeed for anyone at a beginner stage.

    I'd go with a 4 string and keep it with a fairly small body - it can be hard for a kid to just reach over the top, and heavy when strapped on.
  5. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    If he's a somewhat experienced player (like I was at his age) a decent little 5 string from Rondo Music would be a nice gift. Like this one:
    $179.99 and this is a very nice model, I've played earlier versions. The 5 piece neck feels great and the quality of the components are substantial.

    Here's another, for $169.99 that I personally don't like as much as that first one, but you might:

    If he's never played anything before he's better off with something like this:
    $119.95 + shipping. Option for a few different colors. If this is his first bass, he's going to need a tuner, a strap, cable, and a practice amp also.

    A practice amp like this:
    is also available at Rondo; $119.95 for enough volume to practice with a drummer who plays quiet or plays with practice stick bundles.

    A starter kit with a strap, cable, and picks is here:

    I couldn't find a tuner on the Rondo site, but I'll bet there is one if you call them and ask, and you can find one at a local shop.... I sound like an ad for Rondo Music, I know. I've been to their store and have had very good experience, and they are a local music store with a web presence, not a massive megacorporation, which is why I like them.

    Speaking of which.... If you have a local music store, check for their "bass packs". Others here may disagree with me but I feel that any of the starer packs from Ibanez, Squier, Peavey, Hartke, and others are just fine IMO.
  6. klocwerk


    May 19, 2005
    Somerville, MA
    I agree with the above comments. If he's only 11, a 5er is going to be quite the stretch for him.

    That said, is widely recognized (on these boards) as the best source for quality low-price basses. You really can't go too wrong with anything you find there.
  7. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    BTW it's going to be an ultra-cool gift for the little punk!