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Old 03-21-2009, 10:09 PM   #1
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Default OT. Need help picking up a Bass Guitar.

Can anyone help me pick a Bass Guitar. I am new and am looking to spend anywhere from 200-400

I am a rookie to this so if anyone could give me any information on what to look for when buying one. Amps. Cords etc. etc.

i was looking at this one. Any opinions?

http://www.guitarcenter.com/ESP-LTD-...22-i1320386.gc

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Simple yet deadly.

Basic and without frills, the ESP LTD B-55 5-String Bass Guitar packs 2 ESP pickups (a split-coil and single-coil) for a range of gutsy tone. Extra-jumbo frets make it easy to play. Agathis body. Maple neck with rosewood fretboard. 2 volume and one tone controls.

ESP LTD B-55 5-String Bass Guitar Features:
Split-coil and single-coil ESP pickups
Agathis body
Maple neck
Rosewood fingerboard
34" scale
Extra jumbo frets
Black hardware
Volume/volume/tone controls

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http://www.music123.com/Squier-by-Fe...?CJPID=3067423

As deadly as Anthrax.
  • Solid-body electric bass
  • Agathis body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 20 medium jumbo frets
  • 34" scale
  • 1.5" width at nut
  • Chrome hardware
  • Standard open-gear tuners
  • Standard four-saddle bridge
  • No pickguard
  • Split-coil P Bass middle pickup
  • Single-coil J Bass bridge pickup
  • 2-volume controls

http://www.interstatemusic.com/webap...egory_rn=45294

Fender® Squier® MB-4 Special Edition Skull and Crossbones Bass
Take Squier's thunderous MB-4 bass guitar, add a skull and crossbones graphic, replace the dot inlays at the 12th fret with another skull and crossbones, add black hardware, and you'll have this sinister-looking, killer sounding special-edition bass!
Fender® Squier® MB-4 Skull and Crossbones Bass (Special Edition) Features:
  • Body: Agathis, Sleek Contoured Body
  • Neck: Maple, "C" Shape, (Polyurethane Finish)
  • Fretboard: Rosewood, 12" Radius (241 mm)
  • Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo Frets
  • Pickups: 1 Split Single-Coil Precision Bass Pickup (Mid),
    1 Single-Coil Jazz Bass Pickup (Bridge)
  • Controls: Master Volume,
    Pickup Pan Pot,
    Master Tone
  • Pickup Switching: None
  • Bridge: Standard 4-Saddle
  • Machine Heads: 2-Over 2-Under Die-Cast Mini Tuners
  • Hardware: Black
  • Pickguard: None
  • Scale Length: 34" (864 mm)
  • Width at Nut: 1.5" (38mm)
  • Unique Features:
    Skull and Crossbones Graphic on Body,
    Skull and Crossbones Inlays at Twelfth Fret,
    Black Dome Knobs,
    Bolt-on Neck

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Old 03-21-2009, 10:21 PM   #2
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http://guitar.about.com/od/bassguita...ss-guitars.htm

This is a list that came up when I searched best beginner bass guitars.

I play Yamaha saxes, and I have a friend I play with that has a top of the line Yamaha electric guitar that he loves. Yamaha makes a great instrument IMO. You might want to take a look at the Yamaha they mention in this article.

Great you are getting into music, or back into it, whatever your situation may be. Even if you play thrash metal I imagine it is theraputic. I love unwinding playing some funk, jazz, blues whatever. Also if you get good enough maybe get in a local band, or at least find some guys on the same level as you to jam with.

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I always thought the squires (bass and guitars) were pretty good bang for the buck. You have to play a lot of them, though. They can be drastically different from guitar to guitar. I think those are Mexican/Korean made, so you never know what you're going to get. They're just slapped together, as are most guitars that price. BUT, I've run into a few that play really well. You just have to try a lot of them out until one feels solid.

ESPs aren't bad. Good for certain types of music, imo. More of a rumbly, low-end, scooped sound, from what I remember. Fenders will have a more rounded, sound.... but maybe not as much of the ultra, ultra-low end.

I think the ESPs have smaller necks, too... so if you're a beginner, that's a nice thing.
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I always thought the squires (bass and guitars) were pretty good bang for the buck. You have to play a lot of them, though. They can be drastically different from guitar to guitar. I think those are Mexican/Korean made, so you never know what you're going to get. They're just slapped together, as are most guitars that price. BUT, I've run into a few that play really well. You just have to try a lot of them out until one feels solid.

ESPs aren't bad. Good for certain types of music, imo. More of a rumbly, low-end, scooped sound, from what I remember. Fenders will have a more rounded, sound.... but maybe not as much of the ultra, ultra-low end.

I think the ESPs have smaller necks, too... so if you're a beginner, that's a nice thing.
Yeah i am a beginner(actually the stage before beginner ). I figured that is a price i can afford and if i like it i can always upgrade. i am looking to spend around 6-700 with amp and all the extras that i may need.

I just recently got divorced and wanted to pick up a hobby. Besides running my dog around on my skateboard!! lol

Thanks!
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Old 03-21-2009, 10:33 PM   #5
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http://guitar.about.com/od/bassguita...ss-guitars.htm

This is a list that came up when I searched best beginner bass guitars.

I play Yamaha saxes, and I have a friend I play with that has a top of the line Yamaha electric guitar that he loves. Yamaha makes a great instrument IMO. You might want to take a look at the Yamaha they mention in this article.

Great you are getting into music, or back into it, whatever your situation may be. Even if you play thrash metal I imagine it is theraputic. I love unwinding playing some funk, jazz, blues whatever. Also if you get good enough maybe get in a local band, or at least find some guys on the same level as you to jam with.

Good luck.
I sang in a garage band. I really had a good time doing it. Then i went over to a buddies house and played guitar hero (yes ) i am not much of a video game fan but i love me some music and yes. mostly thrash and metal. thanks!
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Old 03-21-2009, 11:13 PM   #6
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Sweet thread. I am actually about to purchase a Telecaster.

I am not a big guitar player, still trying to learn on my acoustic, but everyone I ask loves a tele.
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Looks like with everything (guitar, amp, accessories), it will cost like $800.
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