Something i would like to know.....

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Julien, Apr 27, 2002.

  1. Julien


    Dec 29, 2001
    how many of you guys have great basses and don't know a thing about theory??i don't and i want a mia fender or a musicman but i find of "guilty",just like i don't deserve such basses......
  2. i'm getting a MIM fender j-bass and i dont know anything about bass or bass playing, i sometimes feel it's too good of a beginners bass..i think i deserve a squier..
  3. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Personally, I think if you can afford a better bass than a "beginners bass" get one. I guess by "beginners bass" one means a cheap bass. But basses don't come with required auditions or technique exams. You don't even need a license as you do when you buy a car.

    Thus any bass you can afford should be all right. If you feel some kind of guilt, buy the higher end bass, but buy it used. Then you can say you got it cheap and not have to feel any sort of discomfort or feel that your expensive bass is ostentatious.

    What is most important is that the bass you buy is right for you...right size, shape, weight, action, fretboard width, etc. Your biggest mistake would be to buy a bass, no matter how cheap or expensive , that is hard or uncomforatble for you to play.

    There is another small consideration. If you should discover you don't enjoy playing bass as much as you had hoped, you can get more selling a used better quality bass than a used cheaper one.
  4. why settle for a crappy bass ?

    if you can find the bass that fits you perfect.. go for it ! doesn't matter if it's $ 100 or $ 10000.. if you like it, go for it.
  5. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    I would say if you can afford a nice bass, go for it. Nothing worse than playing on a bass that hinders your advancement of techinque.

    Though I've met some people who think that the better bass they have, the better player they'll be. :rolleyes:
  6. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Sad as it sounds, I bought a Music Man in 1979 and learned to really READ music in about 1994. I would be a MUCH better player if I'd done it the other way around.


  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I own several nice basses, have been playing for 23 years, but I just started getting into theory and reading music in the last year.

    If you are spending your own, hard earned money, you are entitled to buy whatever you want and can afford.

    If that means a MIM Fender, so be it. If you can afford a Sadowsky, go for it!:cool:
  8. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I think this might be misleading, in that with a reasonably good cheap bass, say like a Fender MIM, if you sell it you might be looking losing a $100 say on what you paid for it or a little more.

    If you buy a new Alembic or Fodera, for example at $6,000; then you are going to be losing several $1,000 when you sell it on!! :(

    Plus it will be very hard to find buyers for your $6,000 Alembic - how many people have got $3,000 or $4,000 to spend on a used bass? And those who do have the cash will be trying to beat you down on price, as they know it will be hard to find another buyer - you're in a small specialist market.

    Whereas there will be loads of people with the money to buy your cheaper bass, who will probably be unaware of how little they could actually pay .

    Also - so you know very little about bass playing and buy a really expensive bass - what if you unwittingly damage it, or render it unplayable, or just less desirable - how much have you lost then!!

    I think it's a bad idea!
  9. Hilly


    Jan 10, 2002
    Ipswich, UK
    Why not buy the bass and use it to inspire you to become a better player?

  10. You deserve the bst bass that suits you! I don't know a lot about theory, I can barely read music - I couldn't have a piece of sheet music put in front of me and play it. Just like I couldn't tell you what key the song I've just played it. Doesn't stop me having 2 Spectors, 2 Fenders a Guild and a Washburn!!!

    Get the best that suits you that you can afford - because you're woth it!
  11. Julien


    Dec 29, 2001
    do you know the scales or how to improvise?
  12. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    I have two nice guitars and a vintage drum kit-I don't know how to play them either.
  13. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Actually, looking back over my music career(!) I have spent vastly more on electronic keyboards, than I have on basses - thousands of £!

    But I admit I am a crap keyboard player with no hand independence and can play very few chords, know very little about voicings and inversions and wouldn't consider myself a keyboard player in any way.

    But I have actually been asked by bands to play keyboards on gigs/recordings and videos, as they mostly didn't know any keyboard players and needed some chords (pads) to fill out the sound - at one point I was playing more keyboards and hardly getting asked to play bass at all!!

    I wouldn't recommend it to anybody though, as I lost loads of money when I eventually sold the keyboards (kept one) to buy basses - I could probably have several high-end basses for the amount of money I lost on depreciation of keyboards! :(