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any bass players out there??

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by the_gooch, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. the_gooch

    the_gooch 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: May 15, 2002 Messages: 11,566 Likes Received: 431
    i'm giving some thought to picking up an affordable left handed bass and an amp and teaching myself how to play. anyone out there play? any info?

    thanks in advance

    i was looking at this one:

  2. cygnus

    cygnus New Jack

    Joined: Oct 6, 2005 Messages: 63 Likes Received: 0
    im left handed and when i was going to buy a bass i was told by many people who already play guitar and bass that i should just pick up a right handed one if ive never played either instrument before. i took their advice and everything worked out just fine.
  3. cygnus

    cygnus New Jack

    Joined: Oct 6, 2005 Messages: 63 Likes Received: 0
    oh and as far as purchasing goes. id just start off with a squier package including a small amp and a bass. its inexpensive and if you decide its something you want to carry on with then you can waste away all your money on good equipment like myself.
  4. FunTimePartyTeam

    FunTimePartyTeam Senior Member

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  5. the_gooch

    the_gooch 12oz Loyalist

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    i took guitar lessons as a kid and it was on a right handed one, it never felt comfortable. i think it would just be easier for me w/ a left handed one.

    thanks for the info (everyone).
  6. Tyler Durden

    Tyler Durden Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 18, 2001 Messages: 5,263 Likes Received: 40
    Why are you going to buy a bass?
    Theres about 10,000 other things you could/should do.
  7. beardofzeus

    beardofzeus Member

    Joined: Aug 5, 2005 Messages: 408 Likes Received: 0
    What the hell is wrong with wanting to learn how to play music?

    www.musiciansfriend.com is a good resource for all your music needs

    Get something quality if you have the money. Take real good care of it and if you ever decide you dont like it, you could post an ad in your local classifieds and resell it.
  8. the_gooch

    the_gooch 12oz Loyalist

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    i had a dream the other night i was playing "hand of doom" by black sabbath.


    but i've always wanted to learn how to play bass. and if i can get one cheap, why not. just think of the cool songs i'll write and then you'll beg me to leave them on your voice mail.
  9. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Aug 25, 2002 Messages: 14,783 Likes Received: 14
    i'm in the same boat as you, i want a bass and amp but don't know much about them. what does it sound like when you plug a bass into a guitar amp?
  10. Dyptheria

    Dyptheria Guest

    you should get a Fender Precision bass. those are the cheapest of the best. it'll run you only a couple hundred bucks, and the sound and feel of the neck is ten times better than the cheap squier.
    you'll find that after playing a while that you won't be able to get any better using the squier cuz the way the tension and action feels will limit your technique. Tension and Action are the terms for how hard you have to press down and how close the strings are to the fret board, respectively.

    also be sure to get regular stock-pickups. don't get Active pickups. active pickups make your bass sopund fake, as if its a keyboard trying to sound like a bass. plus you have to open up your bass and change the battery every couple of months, and it's just a pain in the ass.

    they came out with active pick ups during the 80 electric sounding metal scene and new wave. today, overproduced pop bands use them. just stick with smooth natural sounding normal pickups.

    that's my advice
  11. the_gooch

    the_gooch 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: May 15, 2002 Messages: 11,566 Likes Received: 431
    excellent, thanks!

    i have to go to guitar center and take a look at some stuff. i picked that rogue one cause it was pretty cheap and had some good reviews. i've also noticed that most places don't carry a ton of left handed ones, and the ones that they do carry are more than i'm willing to pay at the moment. i just want something decent to kick around while i teach myself.
  12. Dyptheria

    Dyptheria Guest

    As far as amps go, i would really recommend THIS AMP

    it's 60 watts and has a 12" speaker, and it's only like $250 or so. its great sounding for practice, and it'll work in a year when you're ready to start playing with other musicians. i used to play in a band with a bassist who had two of these and he would play live shows with them, they get that loud.

    talk to the guy at guitar center, he'll try to make a quick sale, but if you throw the info i shared with you, about the feel of the fret board making it harder to learn, he'll take you seriously and want to help you and point you in the right direction

    Here's a link to the Fender P bass
  13. the_gooch

    the_gooch 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: May 15, 2002 Messages: 11,566 Likes Received: 431
    nice, thanks!!!

    that's a little more than what i'm willing to pay for the bass right now, i was thinking of going a bit lower.

    what do you think of this one? (the one i mentioned)

  14. Dyptheria

    Dyptheria Guest

    that bass looks cool. i think you'll have a good time learning on it. for 130 bucks, you can't go wrong.

    i was just thinking far into the future, cuz if you got more serious about it, you'll want to get a better one. but that one looks like you'll do fine with it.
    good luck learning.
  15. QbaOner

    QbaOner Member

    Joined: Apr 8, 2000 Messages: 827 Likes Received: 7
    i got a bass a few months back off ebay.. $85 with shipping included.. it feels lil bit weird but its enough for my non bass playing ass.. def. fun instruments to wig out on... creepy