#1
Instead of just asking for recommendations for a beginner bass, I want to know from all you bassists: what model was your first bass? Why did you pick it/ was there any interesting story behind it? Were you happy with your decision or did you regret it?
I just thought it would be interesting to know.
#2
My first bass was a Yamaha RBX270, I got it because that's what the school gave me. Great basses.
Basses:
Fender Precision Bass
Fender Jazz Bass
1967 Fender Coronado Bass II
Warwick Star Bass
Squier Precision Bass TB
#3
The first bass I bought was my Ibanez GSR200, its my baby, I was actually just fiddling around with it since my new bass is getting a setup. I love the sound it produces, very mellow after hearing the 'sting' of my Ray35. Its like butter compared to that thing.

I remember renting a couple crappy basses from Long and McQuade, one was a red Squier p-bass, actually not too bad though I didn't know much at the time and can't comment on how it sounded. Also rented a pretty bad Jay Turser, definitely not the best of bass guitars.
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#4
Have a Peavey Millenium 5 active, with the cirrus pickups. I was looking to get one of the passive Milleniums 4s, because of the good reviews and of course I liked the look, but then my dad told one of his musician friends from work whos a big local drummer that I was looking at basses, lo and behold that guy had a Peavey Millenium 5 and a 20 watt practice amp and sold them to me for just $200. Couldn't pass that up. Now most basses feel awful compared to my baby....... I love the whole feel of the bass, now I'm just trying to find something that emulates the feel but gives far wider tonal capabilities.....
#5
kramer forum III my dad got it from a friend of his and I promptly stole it. it has a very woody tone very punchy as well. too bright a lot of the time, sounds freaking amazing with distortion though. or with the tone rolled all the way back.
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#6
My first bass guitar was some squier p-bass special model from the mid 90s. I don't think I was even able to judge how it played and sounded back then, and I never played it on anything other than a 15w practice amp anyway. I do remember it was red though!
#7
Schecter Omen 4 that a friend let me borrow. Fell apart on me, but served it's purpose.
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#8
My first Bass was an Ibanez Roadgear, I bought it because it was a little bit cheaper than the others and it looked just HOT!
#9
My first bass was a Hamer slammer P bass, I loved that thing, I still kick myself in the ass for selling it.
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#10
Its currently my only bass to date an 90's Ibanez ATK100
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#11
Yamaha RBX 270, pretty solid starter bass.
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#12
Borrowed, a Squier Affinity P bass

Owned, a MIM P bass

Like everyone else, wish I didn't sell it.
#13
Epiphone AccuBass was my first bass. My husband bought it as a Christmas present for me when I was pregnant with my oldest. Still have it and gig with it on occasion.
#15
first was a schecter stiletto custom 4, just got it not even a month ago actually :P
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#17
I played other peoples basses for a while.
In 1985 I was looking to buy my first elec
bass.

I looked at a lot of used Fender Jazz and
Precision basses, as well as some other
brands.

Back then a 1960s Fender Jazz bass was
just a used bass........... $500 was not an
uncommon price for a nice one.

I finally came across something that just
put them all in the dust for just $400
with a hard shell case.

It's a Westone Electra X640N with an 18
volt preamp.

I was the only guy in town with anything
like it,













I have never been able to buy a Jazz or
BJ bass because they don't sound good
enough.

It just won't sound like a P bass. I have
7 or 8 of them,

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#18
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Epiphone AccuBass was my first bass. My husband bought it as a Christmas present for me when I was pregnant with my oldest. Still have it and gig with it on occasion.

I still intend to sneak this out of your house sometime. I love these things. maple bodies ftw.

mine was an Ibanez GSR200. it was able to get the muddy sounds, the bright sounds, the clear sounds, and it was very shiny. I preferred the look of the Epiphone SGs at the time, and the sound of the fretless jazz basses, but it was recommended by my dad that I go for the one that was both comfortable and normal scale.

a really good suggestion I think.
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#19
My first bass was a 90's Fender Jazz V it served me well until it got stolen couple years back.
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#20
My first bass Jackson C20J which I still use to play in another tune than my Spector.
#21
Mine was an Ibanez Roadgear RD500. It has since been discontinued, but it is a fine bass and I still play it often.

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#22
a £60 Harrier "p bass" from ebay
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#24
When i was 15, my Uncle gave me my first electric bass...

-Harmony brand
-P bass copy
-Black body/black pickguard
-Maple neck (had a vintag-y tint)
-gold hardware


I loved that bass. It got covered in stickers, haha.

I lent it to a cousin that wanted to learn, and they turned around and sold it for, like $50.

Still bums me out. I used it on a recording with a punk band back in 2001. While my playing has grown leaps and bounds, the tone i had on that record is amazing, and i fear i'll never be able to re-create it
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#25
My first bass was an Ibanez GSR 200 which I still use a lot.
I actually went to my local shop looking to buy a couple of new cymbals for my drum rig.
Turns out they didn't have the models I wanted so I went home with a bass and amp instead...