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Ryder
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Butterscotch Blues
Jul 8th, 2018 12:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not me, but my 14 year old grandson. My daughter wants to spend $200 for a beginner’s bass. He’s been taking lessons for a couple of months now and really is liking it.

Is there a bass for $200? I play guitar and I wouldn’t buy a $200 guitar for various reasons.

I suggested she take a look at Squier basses on Sweetwater’s website.

Thanks

(This message was last edited by Ryder at 02:03 PM, Jul 8th, 2018)

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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Jul 8th, 2018 12:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Can't speak from personal experience, but a lot of people seem to like these...

...for your intended purpose:

Ryder
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Butterscotch Blues
Jul 8th, 2018 12:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thank you Taildragger, I’ll pass that along to her. Lots of colors to choose from!

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Butterscotch Blues
Jul 8th, 2018 01:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Of course she mentioned the short scale. Sorry daughter I don’t play bass.

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Jul 8th, 2018 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Can't speak from personal experience, but a lot of people seem to like these..."

I second Taildragger's recommendation of Ibanez. Easy playing, nice feel on the neck. Decent sound. Perfect bass for beginners. I have liked almost everyone I have picked up and played.

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Butterscotch Blues
Jul 8th, 2018 03:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Bub, good deal.

They’re going to check out whatever they have at the music store where he takes lessons.

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Jul 8th, 2018 04:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was ambushed by a Squire Affinity Bronco a few years back, right off the shelf it was an amazingly good bass, and just under $150.00. It was pointed out to me by one of the guys who gives lessons, we talk nearly everytime I go into the shop. He builds violins.

It’s a short scale. Light weight, I use it a lot, even though I have much better instruments.


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Jul 8th, 2018 05:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Is this a new endeavor for the grandson?

I wouldn't limit myself to short-scale. You don't mention your grandson's size, but a 14 yr old should be able to handle a standard 34 inch scale. There are lots of smaller-sized people that can handle a standard bass. If he were playing an upright, they are all larger than 34 inch.

Smaller scale basses are good if you have hand mobility issues. I think a lot of guitar players think short-scale because they are just not used to playing 34 inch scale. Starting on a 34 inch scale will get him used to playing the bass size that is 95% of the market for when (if) he takes a shine to playing bass and wants to move on to something better. Rant over.

Due to manufacturing systems these days, almost any inexpensive bass can be a decent player after a good setup. I like Squiers. I had a cheap Affinity that could hang with with Mexican Fenders. I got it cheap and sold it for $75 to a kid who wanted to learn bass, but coudn't afford much. I personally regret selling it, but it went to a good home.

Steve, if you are willing to help with the hunt, look at used stuff. Check locally on Craigslist and Facebook marketplace. There is a lot of starter priced stuff there. I recently gifted the son of some friends with an inexpensive entry-model Ibanez and a Fender Rumble 25 for $130 (separate purchases). After doing a setup on it, the bass played well, although the tuners were pretty sloppy, However, it did hold tune. The amp had some cosmetic damage from a dog biting on it and I simply cut away the damaged tolex and patched it with gaff tape. The family couldn't afford anything. The dad is in a year long seminary program and the family is living on money from a house sale), The kid (and parents) were thrilled.

I picked up an inexpensive S101 p-bass copy to leave a church so I didn't have to schlep one of my basses every week. $80 and good setup and plays well and is perfectly serviceable.

Sorry to be so wordy.

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Jul 8th, 2018 06:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bob, thank you! No problems with wordiness.

I can only look on a limited basis...I live in Missouri, they live in Colorado.

The grandson is 14, tall, lanky, and was practicing his lesson on a 6 string Ibanez (his father's). Darn good too for a beginner. Had his fingers working, no pick. He has taken piano lessons, does great, he's taking Tuba in High School, is in the school band. Now he's also taking bass lessons. Geesh!

I'm going to pass all of this along to my daughter. His stepfather (my daughter's second husband) is a State Patrol guy working different shifts so most times, when they go look, he's sleeping. He's a good guy although I've never heard him play his bass.

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Jul 8th, 2018 06:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, Steve. I though I remembered your daughter being in another state. It sounds like the grandson is already well on his way. I hope they find something. Remember this. A good setup can do wonders on a less expensive instrument.

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Jul 8th, 2018 07:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For a beginner's bass the short scale Squier Jaguar basses get good reveiws.

If he starting to get into being "cool" it might go down well.

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Jul 8th, 2018 08:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've come close to buying one of these a few times. IMO they're were far better than most of the Squiers I've tried. They also have a short scale version, TMB-30 or 34" maple board TMB-100M. It's in your price range and to me played as good or better as any of the lower end MIM Fenders. Also comes in enough different colors that odds are his first finish choice is available. Like most Ibanezs at this price point, the tuners aren't pro quality but they function as they should and hold tune.
It also has an active EQ.
It'll make a great first bass, but also one that that you'd hold onto and continue to play even after you're no longer a beginner.

Ibanez TMB100

(This message was last edited by daveg at 10:37 PM, Jul 8th, 2018)

edmonstg

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Jul 9th, 2018 06:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The beginner bass market has never been better.

Have fun, amidst all the dizziness you'll experience trying to wrap your head around the zillions of choices you have.

I've always had the best luck with Fender but that's just me.

George



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Jul 9th, 2018 10:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks all of you from my daughter. From me too.

I’ve passed all of these posts on to her.
(Yes George, yours too!)

I’ll report what they end up buying. I told my grandson to go into that music store and play every bass they have.

Not sure if he’ll do that but even a few just to get the feel and sound comparisons.

Ryder
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Jul 9th, 2018 12:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Reporting: From my daughter

That's awesome!!
I will look on Facebook and see what I can find and send you pics and descriptions. Makes sense to skip the short scale. He's fine playing Roger's. This would probably be birthday or Christmas, so we have time to look and find a great deal for a good bass!!

huck

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Jul 9th, 2018 10:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

i started playing bass at 13, and though i hadn't yet achieved my current statuesque height of 5'6", i had no problem with a 34" scale.

you could probably find a used mim p bass for around $200, and a used squier standard for less. i played an ibanez talman (the low-end one -- $179 brand new) that played incredibly. some of the new yamahas are quite good, too.

and if everyone's set on a short scale, the gretsch junior jet is good for the dough.

if you've got time, there are lots of good used deals around. there's some great gear coming out of indonesia right now. have fun!


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Jul 10th, 2018 10:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I agree about the 34" scale. It's a good place to start.

I don't think it really makes a difference as far as not being able to go from one scale to another.

From 1965 to 1981 I played a Short scale Framus, 1981 was when I bought the Fender P Special. The longer scale was never a problem.

I go from 34" frets and no frets to 32" to 30" frets and no frets to fretless 20" with no issues at all. I think the shorter the scales have better intonation without frets.

Ryder
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Jul 10th, 2018 04:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very interesting. Good things for them to think about.

Thank you.

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Jul 10th, 2018 10:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My nephew is a lefty. I bought him a Dean short scale lefty bass for around $200 new because it was the least expensive bass I could find in stock for a lefty...he loves it and apparently has done well enough that he is auditioning for a praise band AND has picked up his brother's "righty" Squier Strat and has been learning chords on it.

I doubt it is the Dean that caused that. He is about the age I was when I picked up my first "Monky Ward" six string 2x4 for a neck guitar.



Ryder
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Jul 11th, 2018 07:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My daughter has a lot of info now. It will be interesting to see what my grandson ends up with for his first bass.

Thanks Tony, sounds like your nephew is on his way.

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