Suggestions for a double bass Newbie

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by betavision, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. betavision

    betavision Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2009
    Looking to make the leap into the world of Double Bass.
    I've been playing electric for quite some time.

    I live in Canada, and on Vancouver Island, so the search for a decent first double bass is going to be difficult right from the "get go."

    here's a bass I found, the listing says it's a 1950's czech bass.

    any tips?

  2. rgarcia26


    Jun 9, 2008
    Miami Florida
    If that bass is carved is a good deal...TIPs do as much research as you can (know the Difference bet Fully Carve, Hybrid or Plywood also Flat back and Round back), try to bring a friend that knows about basses when you are going to see this bass...

    and be ready in this forum they will refer you on Auto-pilot to the Newbie link and to a teacher :hyper:
  3. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC

    Apr 17, 2004
    Well, I don't refer on "autopilot." I do it deliberately and thoughtfully. A bunch of us took our time to provide a comprehensive resource to newbies. It beats answering common questions over and over again and it's an efficient route to a comprehensive amount of information.

    By the way, the bass in the ad is not carved. It says "ply" right in the description.

    So, betavision, first of all, welcome! I suggest that you start right HERE.

    Then, look more generally here.

    Grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair, and read up. Then, c'mon back with specific questions. We're here to help. :)
  4. It says right in the ad that the bass is plywood.

    beta, talk to TB member Jake deVilliers before you do anything; he's in Vancouver, a fine luthier and a nice guy to boot.
  5. rgarcia26


    Jun 9, 2008
    Miami Florida
    Lol don't get upset i know is the right thing to do cheers
  6. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC

    Apr 17, 2004
    Not upset at all. Some people (not you) seem to think we just have a knee-jerk response and send newbies to the wiki. I didn't want to give them ammunition. All good. :)
  7. rgarcia26


    Jun 9, 2008
    Miami Florida
  8. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    +1, just don't get started on the Canucks with him, unless you've got some spare time. :)

    "The Bass Spa" if you can't find him otherwise. And if you still can't find him, PM me and I'll put you in touch.

    He probably knows the bass you're looking at, but either way could assess it for you and bring it to life and keep it healthy if you do buy it.
  9. Ain't it the truth...
  10. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    Heyheyhey - cut that out, fellas! You can slag the Blue Jays all you want but be gentle with my Canuckleheads. :D
  11. I wouldn't dare.