Shopping for first bass, any advice?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Murdoc419, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. Murdoc419

    Murdoc419 Guest

    Apr 4, 2012
    Hey guys, I recently decided I wanted to learn to play the bass. My dad plays the acoustic guitar so I've always wanted to learn and the bass has always been the most appealing guitar to me. Anyway, I looked on craigslist and found a few. I was going to buy a '95 Peavey Foundation until I learned that it was most likely stripped. I have found a few others now these are the ones I'm looking at:

    ESP LTD Viper 104

    Ibanez GSR200

    Rogue with Amp

    I know very little about guitars and my dad doesn't know much about basses but right now it seems to me the ESP is the best of the three. I love the look of the Rogue though. Which of these do you think is a better quality bass? Or do you think I could buy something better new? My budget is about $350-400 for a Bass, case, amp, strap, cables, etc.

    Thanks in advance for any help with this. I really want to learn to play but I don't know what to look for.
  2. Ibanez is a great band. I hear good things about ESP. I have heard nothing but bad about Rogue.

    Check some entry level Ibanez. They're about $200 each and great beginner basses. Then you can spend $100 on a practice amp and the other $100 on anything else you need.

    Don't be afraid to try pawn shops and used guitars. Bring someone along who plays bass
  3. That said, $180 is a good deal just for the amp and miscellanea
  4. BrBss


    Jul 9, 2010
    Albuquerque NM
    You can find Foundations on ebay all the time. They show up here on the classifieds sometimes as well.
  5. Mitchinboxer

    Mitchinboxer Guest

    Jan 25, 2012
    In my opinion, Ibanez Gios are the best bass for the money, period. That said, check that particular model out before you buy, but I'm reasonably sure you'll love it!
  6. Murdoc419

    Murdoc419 Guest

    Apr 4, 2012
    Sounds like I should forget about the Rogue then lol. As far as the Ibanez I just saw that Guitar Center sells them for $200 new which is what that guy wants. Those ESP LTD Viper 104's sell for $280 new so $175 seems like a good deal.

    Oh, I don't buy off Ebay though. Plus I'd want to see/feel/hear the guitar before I bought it.

    So should I go for that ESP?
  7. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I'd go after that ESP in a heartbeat. That's a good price on a solid bass. I personally like them much more than any Ibanez.

    I have a Rogue "Beatle Bass" and it's a good instrument, but the ESP is a lot more bass.
  8. Bass_Drummer

    Bass_Drummer Guest

    Mar 20, 2012
    Always try before you buy, can't stress that enough...I only know the viper. I've played it before, very smooth neck but the bass itself is a bit heavy for such a small base, this is not including the neck. It looks very evil, and the finishes are awesome. People WILL no matter what suggest fenders, I really didn't like them at all but most people do. So have a try.
  9. Metaldood19


    Apr 9, 2011
    GSR 200! It's a great frat bass and super easy to dial in tones with!!
  10. Robertjoel

    Robertjoel Guest

    Jan 5, 2012
    North Carolina
  11. 1bassplayinfool

    1bassplayinfool -Nowhere Man-

    Definitely put your paws on whatever you are going to buy. A lot of guys have had bad luck with ebay lately.
  12. EvilVOG

    EvilVOG Guest

    Dec 21, 2011
    Brownstown - Detroit
    Have you looked into the Squier by Fender? Some you can get as the complete set-up with amp/ gig bag/ cable/ tuner... everything you need. If it were me buying a starter instrument, I would probably buy a Squier Vintage Modified. I started on, and still own, a Squier P-bass that i think stacks up to pretty much anything that can be had for less than 1,000.

    That being said i'm also becoming increasingly fond of Ibanez instruments lately.

    Don't forget to check Craig's list.
  13. darkstorm

    darkstorm Guest

    Oct 13, 2009
    The Viper would be my pick for stock out of those. The Ibanez only if I could also afford pup upgrade as part of the purchase price. I never did like the Ibanez P & J pups, not nearly as good as dimarzios. If you find a great deal on something like Ibanez SR300, thatd would be great choice.

    If you can find a used Esp Ltd F104 or B104, that also would be great choice.
  14. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    I'd say Squiers:
    Not the "stop dreamin/start playin" packs tho': they give you Squier Affinity (P or Jazz) with amp, strap, pick, tuner, cable. But it's just that the Affinity series is really too "down to earth".
    Every pack is just like that: Esp/Ltd Ibanez Gio as well.
    I'd say Squiers, if only you could find a Standard series Precision Special or way better you'd afford Vintage Modified Tele Precision.
    Latter goes "slightly" (I'm kidding in a way) off budget, but always absolutely worth the price.

    Welcome to lowend World my friend:hyper:

  15. waleross

    waleross Guest

    Nov 27, 2009
    South Florida
    +1 on the Squires, any model new or used + an amp (also strap and a chord) can be had for under $400-450....This should get you going and keep you happy (not bored) for a good while...................I bought one new for $199 at SamAsh when I went back to playing..............take your time do your homewoek and have fun.....:cool:
  16. tjnkoo

    tjnkoo Guest

    Apr 19, 2011
    Metro Atlanta
    Check out some stuff from Rondo Music. They have a brand that a lot of folks seem to love called SX. They basses are insanely cheap, and in my experience a similar level to the Classic Vibe Squier series (the highest end Squier). I think they sell beginner packs with the case and strap and such too. Check craigslist or something similar for an amp. You'll probably get a great deal on something at least pretty decent if you look hard enough.

    Whatever you choose, just enjoy the bass!
  17. Also check out Xaviere, which is Guitar Fetish's version of the P and J. I got one of their "PB" models a few months ago, and its a decent bass. I modded the crap out of mine, but it wasn't necessary.
  18. Murdoc419

    Murdoc419 Guest

    Apr 4, 2012
    Thanks guys for the replies. Right now my first choice is going to be the ESP Viper. It comes with a nice hard case and strap for $175 and the guitar retails for about $280 so it's a pretty good deal. I saw that guitar center sells those "starter packs" and that's nice but the closest Guitar Center to me is about 3 hours away so I'd prefer to find something local.

    I'm waiting for a response from the seller of the Viper but I'm also going to go check the local pawn shops today. There's also a local music shop that I'm going to check out. To the guys who posted links, do you think a local shop would carry those brands? Like I said I won't buy one on the internet.

    Thanks for the help guys me and my dad are gonna check out the pawn shops here in a little bit.
  19. B0SSB3AT5

    B0SSB3AT5 Guest

    Mar 25, 2010
    Most locations will sell these brands. I live in a small town and the closest major music store is about 2 hrs away. That being said the most common basses I see being sold in almost all stores are ESP, Ibanez and Fender(Squire). You might be able to get a good deal from a local store IF they are willing to negotiate price. But sometimes if they are the only music store there they will think they are the music authority around there and won't budge. My first bass was a Cort and I've owned many Ibanez basses as well. I don't like Fender/Squire much so I'm a little biased and will let you see for yourself what route you want to go. As long as you are happy with the purchase then awesome!! Good luck
  20. EvilVOG

    EvilVOG Guest

    Dec 21, 2011
    Brownstown - Detroit
    pretty much anywhere you go will have Fender and Ibanez.

    The starter packs are probably also sold by whatever local shop you have, or at the very least they can order you one in. These days, you can pick up some of them at Best Buy.

    Keep in mind that a used instrument may need special care to really be properly usable. New strings and a fresh setup are pretty much mandatory. Possibly even a truss rod adjustment, and most people's complaints about their used instruments are truss rod related. That goes for used ones you'd get from some music stores as well.

    Guitar center has free shipping right now if you spend over $50, and they have a nice selection of new and used basses via thier website. Musician's Friend has also been very good to me, so if you see something you like in person, you may be able to get a better price from one of them.