QUOTE(3crabs @ Dec 3 2003, 11:27 AM)Our daughter really wants a bass gutiar for x-mas, can someone recommend a place to buy one with a amp, along with a prefered brand. Never had to shop for a gutiar before.
Convincor has one for sale... In Misc.
Ok, now that I started looking I'm even more confused, 4 string or 5 string?? I thought bass gutiars were only 4. I should have also posted that she is a beginner-she needs to drive a pick up truck or a escort before I buy her a caddy.
QUOTE(3crabs @ Dec 3 2003, 12:07 PM)Ok, now that I started looking I'm even more confused, 4 string or 5 string?? I thought bass gutiars were only 4. I should have also posted that she is a beginner-she needs to drive a pick up truck or a escort before I buy her a caddy.
Just go to Guitar Center. They'll know what's best. They have new and used too.
The Fender Squire packages are agood value, about 150-200 bucks. Guitar Center or any music store should have them. Limelight in Rochester carries them also. 4 string is what most peeps play. Bassneck should be on line for these questions. After all Im just a drummer
My son has the Fender Squire Strat guitar, I saw the Bass packages in their catalog.
Check out some of the deal at Gibraltar trade center. Yes, they are no name knock off imitations (i.e. Fendar, Gibsun, Ibenaz, etc...) but they get the job done. If your daughter is just starting, she probably doesn't need a top of the line. However, don't go all out and get the cheapest axe. Nothing turns away a young player quicker than a guitar that is more difficult to play than it needs to be.
Also, look at the used selection at Guitar center. Once and a while, there are some pretty sweet deals in there. I recently picked up an Ibanez 7 string electric guitar for $200 out the door. Back in 1991, my buddy bought the same guitar for $1100.
You "should" be able to find a good electric bass in the used section for $200 - $250. A practice amp can be had as cheap as $50 if you just buy a generic "guitar" practice amp. However, this will only be loud enough for her to play in the bedroom. Once she starts playing in bands with other people, she will need a legitimate bass amp and that's when things start get pricey.
Again, 90% of the time used is a good deal. A couple of basic things to look for:
1) Make sure all the electronics work. Have an employee hook the bass up to an amp and have them play it. Usually a bass will have a "tone" and "volume" knob and usually some sort of knob or switch to select between the multiple pickups (if it has more than one pickup).
2) Make sure the "action" isn't too high. "Action" is the distance the string needs to be pushed down before it contacts the bass neck. A bass with too high of action will be VERY difficult for a new person to play. If you can fit your pinky between the neck (read: not body) and a string anywhere up and down the neck without touching anything, there is too much action.
3) Make sure the "action" isn't too low. If the action is too low, the string can potentially "buzz" when certain notes are played. Have the guy at the guitar shop play every possible note on each string and make sure you hear a clean, solid tone every time.
I agree with the Fender Squire approach. They are good for beginners. No need to break the bank until you figure out if she'll stick with it. A four string will be fine to start with.
Fender makes a few different Basses. A Percisision Bass or P-Bass, has a split pickup which has good rock sound with Lower tones. The P-Bass has a wider neck and the strings are a little wider apart.
A Jazz Bass has 2 single coil pickups which have a zippyer tone. The jazz base has a more narrow neck and the strings are a bit closer together which could make it easier to get a smaller hand around.
You could get fancy and get a PJ Bass which has 1 jazz pickup, 1 Split pick up and a jazz neck but I'm not sure if that is available in the Squire series.
Either way, the Squires are just beginner Rigs and if she ever gets called up to jam with Kid Rock I'm sure she will have moved on to the equiptment that fits her style and the tone she is looking for. I'd get her the jazz bass because it is a bit more comfortable in her hand. Although it will likely be a bit more expensive...
I currently have a MusicMan Anniversary Edition 4-String that I play through a Marshall 200 watt combo amp with 4x10" speakers. It's a great sounding rig but a tad underpowered. The Music Man is awesome. It's got a hand finnished birds-eye Maple Top with a Mahogany Bottom, a Graphite reinforced Maple Neck and a custom hand wound active pick-up. I wish I still had my old amp with this bass. It has such great tonality.
I also have a Charvelle 4 string electric acoustic. It's cool to practice with, without an amp, but when I plug that one in I really have to control the strings, or it feeds back like crazy.
I used to play a MusicMan 5 String through a Mesa Boogie 400+ Head, a Mesa Boogie 2x15" Speaker Cabinet with 400 watt EVs and an SWR 4x10" Cabinet... That rig totally rocked the house... It was break sh!t loud and I could get the most awesome tones out of it! I sold it when I moved to Germany back in "95"... I never really got back into a band since then, so the Marshall Combo serves me well enough...
I just got a Guitar Center flyer and they are having a big sale. They usually do this this time of year to increase sales for the holiday. They fugure they can hook a lot of buyers by running specials to get the "well I dont know" buyers to give in.