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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ajLaFountain, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. ajLaFountain


    Jan 11, 2012
    Hey, first post. I currently play Double Bass in an Orchestra, but I would like to get an electric bass guitar. I would like it to be under 1000$, fretless, 4 or 5 strings, and only have 2 octaves. I don't really have a use for the 3rd octave, as this bass will be just for fun. Any recommendations for me? And I'll throw in a thanks from my future self.
  2. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    What type of music are going to be having "fun" messing around with? Why fretless?
  3. funkingroovin

    funkingroovin Conquering A-D-D,and all the other notes as well!

    Apr 19, 2009
    Well,a decent used Squire usually goes for $200-350ish around here in any configuration of p'ups,frets,bodies,etc..They can be a great "first" bass,and always an excellent inexpensive modding platform later...
  4. tabdog


    Feb 9, 2011
    I am new to fretless.
    So take it for what it is worth.

    I think fretless basses are more mellow.

    That being said, a bassy, or tubby bass
    may not be a good choice.

    My first fretless is punchy. The pickup is
    closer to the bridge.

    I think that helps a lot. Even though my
    fretless is a cheap bass, I put a good
    pickup in it and it sounds very good.

    I will be interested in what the more
    knowledgeable folks have to say.

  5. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    Don't worry about the octaves - just don't play the notes you don't want to! With my five-string I can play two octaves in one position. From lowest B to highest G covers more than 4 octaves. A standard 4 string will cover at least 3 octaves.

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