Starting Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassChase4, Mar 3, 2018.

  1. BassChase4


    Mar 3, 2018
    Hello everyone, hard-core newbie here.
    I am just picking up my first bass in a couple of weeks here and I had my eye on an Ibanez SR300E which I was told is a decent jumping off point. I enjoy the sound a P bass gives but I've been told a Jazz is much more flexible (granted if I were blindfolded I'd be hard pressed to point out the difference in sound). I ultimately settled on the Ibanez for the fact that I can mimic both a P and J sound with it.

    I was wondering if any experienced players can give me pointers or advice on what they wished they knew when they started. I'm sure I'm putting too much thought into it but I just really need help. Thanks in advance!
  2. TyCobb


    Feb 17, 2014
    Folsom, CA
    Not my first, but my second -- I wish I knew that I was supposed to unplug it if it used a battery. I also wish I knew it had a battery. What fun that was.... :banghead:
    TrevorR, /\/\3phist0, Sid s and 9 others like this.
  3. C_Becker


    Mar 30, 2017
    The best advice I can give is to learn to do your own setups.
    Check out this thread for a good starting point:

    And congratulations, you chose a great instrument to learn and a good bass to start on.
    /\/\3phist0, Sid s, shodan and 5 others like this.
  4. BassChase4


    Mar 3, 2018
    Awesome, thank you so much. I can rest assured my decisions so far are good!
    C_Becker likes this.
  5. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    You could do worse, Ibbys a very well liked around here for the most part.
    Duckophile likes this.
  6. Bassbeater

    Bassbeater Guest

    Sep 9, 2001
    Less is more on bass.
    Prioritize playing tightly with the drums.
    Add fancy notes later.
  7. J.D. Detroit

    J.D. Detroit

    Nov 12, 2015
    Wish I had known more about Strings -
    I started playing at age 11. Until about 14 I didn't know about the different string gauges, types, tension differences, proper winding length and how much this matters.
    Felt like playing on Piano wires until someone helped me out with a more appropriate string gauge/type (and a proper set up).
  8. John Cribbin

    John Cribbin

    Jan 5, 2018
    Along with the set up and string advice:

    Download the Ibanez maintainance / owner manual. It gives their recommended set-up specs, always a good starting point.

    Use good tools. Having some cheap / wrong size allen key may work on the truss rod, but at some point it will butcher the nut.

    Don't believe everything you read on the internet!!
  9. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Don't even believe everything you read on TB! (Though the "good info density" on here is substantially higher than the interwebs in general, there's still a lot of noise at times.)
  10. Ibanez has a good track record. and by your own admission you couldn't tell the differance in sound. Ibanez might be a good choice for you skill level. If you like it, you'll play it more and then you can think of a higher end bass.
  11. saabfender

    saabfender Inactive

    Jan 10, 2018
    I wish I known to get a big enough amp when I started. Something that can comfortably keep up with the drummer.
  12. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    save your $$ (for more basses ;) ) and avoid evictions / visits by the cops via an amp and practice with headphones, your juicy bass tones will be right in your ear (keep the vol. down to protect your hearing) and your faults will be easier to ID / correct. by the time you need an amp you'll be nearing player status and should know what's best for your situations. start jamming with others asap.
  13. BurnOut

    BurnOut It's The Billy Baloney Show In Memoriam

    Feb 1, 2015
    The Natti
    The pickups on the E are supposed to be pretty killer. I started on a SR300M it's a solid place to begin. The enough amp to keep up with a drummer above is also priceless. I bought a tiny Acoustic B-15, hardly used it, needed a big amp almost immediately.
    ruju and BassChase4 like this.
  14. Bassbeater

    Bassbeater Guest

    Sep 9, 2001
    Earplugs, cheap disposable are fine.
  15. Welcome to the forum. The bass you will get will probably have round wounds on it. Since you are a newbie, you will not have callouses on your fingers therefore I strongly recommend you immediately get it setup with flats. The rounds will tear your fingers up. I went through this and when I went to D'Addario Chromes, I never looked back. Hope you have an instructor lined up to get started on the right foot as there is no substitute for one on one instruction. Good luck. :thumbsup:
    BassChase4 likes this.
  16. spintop90


    Mar 2, 2018
    South Florida
    New to bass guitar
    I'm more of a newbie here, I don't even own one... yet.
    BassChase4 and 1bassleft like this.
  17. Thudnar


    Feb 22, 2018
    I wish I'd started more simply. The stuff I tried to learn, right off the bat, was way out of my league. You can be a very good bass player if you know your chord notes. The chord notes, and chord changes, show you where the passing notes are. That allows you to stitch the bass drum to the melody, on the fly, rather than getting stuck on the same riffs. The fingers work for the brain...not the other way around.
    KS78 likes this.
  18. BurnOut

    BurnOut It's The Billy Baloney Show In Memoriam

    Feb 1, 2015
    The Natti
    You're getting all the attention you need on your thread. Plenty of room for more than one newb on here. It's nice to have fun here, but sometimes it's better just to read and learn. Tread lightly.
    Peace N Chicken Grease
  19. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    I still have my gsr300 (OG SR). I've beat the hell out of it for 16 years, and it still sounds and plays great. I've got a couple more now, but I still love my 300.
  20. ruju


    Dec 9, 2017
    The Ibanez 300E Bass is a great bass to not only start on, but will serve you many years of enjoyment.. I’ve been playing bass since 1995, and just bought myself a 305E in December. I love it!
    el_Bajo_Verde and BurnOut like this.