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starter bass for 8 yr old?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by allifromny, Mar 31, 2015.

  1. allifromny


    Mar 12, 2015
    My son has been playing (electric) bass (guitar?) for about a year. He's really keen to get an upright; any thoughts as to whether he is still too small or young (he's tall and strong, but still 8)? Or, if now is as good a time as any, any recommendations for a decent starter instrument for him? I don't know what a realistic budget is, but I don't think we'd want to spend more than $1k if we can get an instrument that he can grow with for the next several years at that price.
    Thanks for your thoughts!
  2. Steve Swan

    Steve Swan

    Oct 12, 2004
    Burlingame, California
    Retailer: Shen, Sun, older European
    A half size bass with a good setup ought to get him started if he has a teacher of some sort. Good luck!
    drurb likes this.
  3. allifromny


    Mar 12, 2015
    Thanks! He does have a teacher. If I'm looking at used instruments (there's limited availability locally), what should I look for? Any makers you can recommend?
  4. allifromny


    Mar 12, 2015
    Sorry - just discovered the "newbies, read this first" forum. I'll read through that before posting further. Thanks!
  5. I cannot recommend any makers because the US market differs a lot from the European market. I can however share my experience regarding size.

    My daughter started at 7 on a 1/16 bass. The bass was ordered especially for her by the luthier where I rent it. We tried a 1/8th first but that was definitely too large. Now she is 8 (9 in July) and she is ready for a larger bass. I will try and see if she is ready for a 1/4th but our teacher guessed she might be better of with a 1/8th for the next year. My daughter is medium in length.

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