#1
I stopped by a local music shop that sells used instruments today and was checking out what they had. I've been playing guitar for almost four years now, and I had a bass a couple years back, but I didn't keep it for long and didn't play it much.

Anyway, I'm into recording my own music, and I want to start tracking bass lines into my songs. So, I had a few questions on where to start when buying one. First off, I want to know what would be better: fretted or fretless? I saw a Peavey bass...not sure which model...today in the store that was fretless, and as I was plunking around on it a little bit, it felt pretty smooth. The bass I mentioned above that I had was fretted, and I remember having problems with buzzing frets when I would hit notes. The action was fine, but this problem bothered me. Also if it helps, I'm into mostly metal music, but if I buy a bass I would probably want to learn a style sort of in the vein that Stu Hamm plays, in addition to playing metal and rock.

Secondly, I'm not looking to spend a lot of money because I don't have a lot to spend at the moment, and also I will (basically) be just starting. But I don't want something that's a piece of junk like the one I had before either. I searched around the forums a little bit for any information, but couldn't really find anything pertaining to what I wanted to know, so I'm asking all you bass players out there for a little help and advice on this subject. Anything at all is appreciated.
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Last edited by stonebrain at Oct 29, 2009,
#3
I'd say around $250-$300 is all I'm looking to spend right now.
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#4
i would say an ibanez sr300 or an sr305. the only difference is the sr305 is a five string. they produce a great sound. they play like a bass in the range of $600-$800.
#5
Okay...that's one suggestion. What about fretted vs. fretless?
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#6
Well plunking around on a fretless in a music store is one thing, playing note for note in tune during an actual song/recording is yet another.

If you're just beginning, fretted is undoubtedly better/more versatile, however alot of people will say learning on a fretless is far better, however more difficult/time consuming/frustrating.

So say fretted to begin with, and those ibanez models crowning recommended are both good for decent tone on a budget. If you like the idea of a more traditional tone better, a squier P-Bass or J-Bass should suit you good...

^I think thats generally what alot of people would tell you.
#7
Okay. I am assuming that it would be more difficult on a fretless because it would be easier to get a flat/sharp note, is that right?
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#8
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Okay. I am assuming that it would be more difficult on a fretless because it would be easier to get a flat/sharp note, is that right?


it would be easier to hit a note that isn't actually a note and sound out of tune
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#9
You'll be better off with a fretted methinks. The Ibanez SR300 is a good choice, the Ibanez GSR200 is a good alternative if you want to save some money (it costs $200). In the $300 price range, a Squier Vintage Modified P or J bass. Also, do you plan on actually using an amp? Because your going to need to set aside some money for that too (unless your running it through a computer. I'd even then still recommend getting an amp)
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#10
Cort Curbow is nice, and not too expensive
I would stick to fretted for now... fretless is great but harder to play (but then that's perhaps a psychological barrier reserved for bass guitarists lol)