#1
A friend of mine is getting into basses and he'll be needing a starter bass for under 250€ (he doesn't need an amp).

He also wants to know what the Nikki Sixx bass is like.
#2
What amp does he have now?

The Nikki Sixx bass is a thunderbird...there's a few threads around here that explain, but to put it simply they look cool, but they neckdive horribly, have very little upper-fret access, and have a really muddy tone that doesn't cur through a mix well unless you really know what you're doing. I would not recommend it as a first bass.

What style of music does he like? Knowing that will help us determine a good bass to recommend to him.
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#3
I have no idea what he wants to play with it. I also have no idea what kind of amp he's getting. He seems pretty clueless about it himself right now.
#4
I know that feeling...

Anyway, basically if he stays away from Epiphone, Dean, and all the cheapo off-brand stuff, he'll be just fine.

That said, do you know what he listens to?
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#5
Quote by Mutant Corn
I know that feeling...

Anyway, basically if he stays away from Epiphone, Dean, and all the cheapo off-brand stuff, he'll be just fine.

That said, do you know what he listens to?


GnR, AC/DC, Alice Cooper, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Metallica, Deep Purple...

I was thinking something Fender
#6
Yeah that sounds good to me too, going by his taste. The Squier Vintage Modified and Classic Vibe lines are both well-regarded.

edit: I just looked at Thomann. The ones to look at in that price range are the Squier Precision Specials(there's a few of them), the Squier Standard Jazz, the Cort Action A-bass.

If he can stretch his budget a little but the Vintage Modified precision and Jass, as well as the Peavey Zodiac are very good options.
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Last edited by Mutant Corn at Dec 16, 2008,