#1
So, I started playing guitar a year ago and now i fell like i can move to bass. However, i dont quite know which one to buy.

I have around 210 pounds, and i liked these:

http://www.thomann.de/gb/epiphone_thunderbird_iv_ebass.htm

http://www.thomann.de/gb/epiphone_thunderbird_iv_tv_silver.htm

I like the silver one more.

I can´t find any reviews of the silver, but the reviews i´ve read of the sunburst says its a good bass.

Which one should I choose and do you know any good basses whitin that prince range?
I mostly paly blues and alt-rock
#2
Neither of them. Thunderbird isn't a good beginner's bass. I have a Tokai Thunderbird and it's really neck heavy (this is a problem with all TB style basses). Also, it sounds like Thunderbird and nothing else. It gets pretty muddy pretty easily. If you like the sound and don't care about the neck dive, of course get one. But as a beginner I wouldn't get one. Don't buy it just because it looks cool. You can't tell if you like it just by the looks.

I bought my Tokai because I got a good deal and I thought it sounded and felt pretty good in my hands - and to be honest, I thought it looked pretty cool. But I still knew what I was getting. If it hadn't sounded/felt good, Ì wouldn't have bought it.

I would recommend buying something basic like a Jazz or Precision style bass. People many times recommend Squier Vintage Modified and Classic Vibe series (they may be a bit out of your budget). My friend has a Squier VM Precision and it's a decent bass. Yamaha and Ibanez are also usual recommendations.

Maybe take a look at these - all of them are just a bit over your budget:

http://www.thomann.de/gb/fender_sq_vm_modified_jazz_70_car.htm

http://www.thomann.de/gb/fender_sq_vm_precision_bass_pj_car.htm

http://www.thomann.de/gb/ibanez_sr300pw.htm

http://www.thomann.de/gb/yamaha_trbx_304_wh.htm

If you have any music stores nearby, I would recommend visiting one and trying some basses. Try how they feel in your hands and listen to the sound. Maybe take somebody who can play the bass with you.

Oh, and you also need an amp. Do you already have one or are you going to get one? And is the 200 pounds for bass only or amp included?
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Gear

Bach Stradivarius 37G
Charvel So Cal
Fender Dimension Bass
Hartke HyDrive 210c
Ibanez BL70
Laney VC30
Tokai TB48
Yamaha FG720S-12
Yamaha P115
#3
The best bass under £200 is the Squier VM Jaguar bass (edit: They've gone up to £220 but still a good investment). Honourable mention to the Ibanez GSR series.

The Thunderbird can be great in the right setting but as it's been said above, they aren't great for beginners. They have a lot of design flaws that can really hamper your playing.
Last edited by Spaz91 at Jun 12, 2014,
#4
Ibanez GSR, Squier VM Jazz or Peavey Millennium.
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#6
So you have 200 pounds to spend on a bass and 200 pounds to spend on an amp? Or you have 200 pounds for bass + amp (that I would say may be a bit too little)?
Quote by AlanHB
Just remember that there are no boring scales, just boring players.

Gear

Bach Stradivarius 37G
Charvel So Cal
Fender Dimension Bass
Hartke HyDrive 210c
Ibanez BL70
Laney VC30
Tokai TB48
Yamaha FG720S-12
Yamaha P115
#8
Quote by kregotitto


I like the silver one more.

I can´t find any reviews of the silver, but the reviews i´ve read of the sunburst says its a good bass.

Which one should I choose


Thunderbirds generally run neck-heavy, and I don't think I'd go with either.

I'm curious about your thinking process -- why would a sunburst guitar review any differently from a silver one?

The best bass for that price range that I'm aware of is the Squier mentioned above.
Last edited by dspellman at Jun 13, 2014,
#9
Quote by kregotitto
Sorry if I dindn´t make it clear. I have 200 for a bass and 200 for an amp.

Are you going to gig or just play at home? If you are going to gig, the amp could be a problem because in that price range finding a powerful enough amp is going to be hard. Maybe buy your amp used.
Quote by AlanHB
Just remember that there are no boring scales, just boring players.

Gear

Bach Stradivarius 37G
Charvel So Cal
Fender Dimension Bass
Hartke HyDrive 210c
Ibanez BL70
Laney VC30
Tokai TB48
Yamaha FG720S-12
Yamaha P115