#1
And am looking to pick up Bass. I don't know how much I would like it though... Is the playing style very different then electric? Also... Are either of these good Basses to start with??
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Squier-by-Fender-Affinity-Series-P-Bass-510424-i1146352.gc
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Dean-V-Metalman-4-String-Bass-103945069-i1166445.gc
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Dean-Demonator-Metalman-4-String-Bass-Guitar-519350-i1166443.gc
Any suggestions? I'd like to keep it on the cheaper end.
#2
lol...I play acoustic and electric and my brother plays bass.
When I play it, it's cool for 10,15 minutes and then it starts to get boring xD
that's my opinion.
but it depends on what you like and what you play.
I suggest you to go to a shop and play a bas for 10 minutes and you'll see.
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#4
If you are good at guitar, learning bass will take less than a week to be competent. But it does get boring very, very quickly.
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#5
most of the time guitarists get too bored by bass and never learn to play it properly. but if you think you will, go epiphone or peavey for a beginner level price
#6
you're gonna have a hard time slapping on those Dean basses. They're way too metal shaped. Squires are known to be pretty bad, but if you just want a bass to learn and jam on, and don't really care about good tone, it's a fine beginner bass. The P bass body and neck will be the most comfortable and playable of the three.


Edit: In terms of cheap basses, this one is probably the most playable:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Peavey-Millennium-BXP-4String-Bass-Guitar?sku=511369
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#9
If you are good at guitar, learning bass will take less than a week to be competent. But it does get boring very, very quickly.


You're talking out of your arse.

If by 'competent', you mean being able to play root notes underneath the guitar part, you might well be able to get that within a week (although if you've got small hands, getting used to the far bigger frets might take longer).
In order to be 'good' at bass, including a few different playing styles (fingerstyle, pick playing, slapping), being able to lock in properly with the drums, and so on, you'd better be prepared to put a bit more work in than a week. But it won't get boring.
#10
Samzawadi is on the money there. I'm sick of people giving sh*t advice and information.

Don't bother learning slap until you've got the basics down. You'll find that with a lot of advanced techniques, there's a lot of crossover from your basic techniques. They may not be immediately or physically apparent, but it's there.

As for the basses, try them out if possible, and the FAQ lists a few decent starter basses.
#11
Also, don't listen to the gear recommendations of people who don't play bass:

Go try out some basses and see what you like. A bass isn't a guitar, and the squire epiphone thing for guitar doesn't carry to bass quite the same way, most bass players on this forum (who aren't too snooty to say they simply wouldn't play on a beginner bass ) would take a crappy squire over a crappy epiphone any day of the week. In fact most of them would take a shoe box with rubber bands pulled over a hole over an epiphone. Personally, I've had a bad experience with both and would avoid both unless it was a squire vintage modified (which I like quite a bit). You might check those out and some ibanez basses.

Weird shapes are fun and all, but I'm gonna suggest that ergonomics, fret access, and balance are probably more important for a beginner bass player than a beginner guitar player, so I'd stick with a more traditional shape like a p or jazz bass.

Go try some, paying attention to the things mentioned above, then decide...most epiphones you'll probably rule out on at least two of the three features I listed.
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most of the time guitarists get too bored by bass and never learn to play it properly. but if you think you will, go epiphone or peavey for a beginner level price

It never ceases to amaze me. Big Daddy Gibson designs basses that are essentially guitars with too-long necks and crappy pickups and that's what they sell. Stereotypical guitarists love Gibson (and the young'ns love Epiphone) and therefore feel qualified enough to recommend Epiphone basses... because they're Epiphone. I won't even start on the "bored by bass" bit - but I will say that one of my good friends/certified shredder constantly picks up one of my basses, and after a minute, says "I can't play a ****ing thing... I don't know how the bass... like at all."
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#13
I was reading the first few posts in this thread, and thinking,

"GOD! Where are the regulars?!"

Thank god for Delirium and Fitz!
#14
1)Squire out of those you recommended. Also, you need a bass amp as a guitar amp will slowly get destroyed by a bass. Read the FAQ for more info on both.

2)Guitarists, please stop following links from the front page. You have no experience in this and are talking out your arses.

3) The playing style of bass is very different to that of guitar. If you are going to not even give fingerstyle a go (although nothing is wrong with a pick, it's best to know both) and play root notes, it will get very boring, as it will seem easy.

4)Don't jump straight into slap. Most people would only recommend it after getting a good grasp of fingerstlye (6 months maybe, as you NEED the calluses built up, or your fingers could get the skin torn a lot).

Slap is also a very specialist technique, without a lot of use. An example in my school is me and a bassist in the year above. He can slap like a mofo, but anything else, and he fall on his face. I can barely slap, yet as my fingerstyle is so much better, I am the person who has to fill in bassist roles in school music competitions.
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#15
I just realized when the threadstarter said "I play acoustic + electric" he was ignorantly meaning acoustic and electric guitars. Here I was thinking he plays acoustic and electric basses, like ol' Fitzy does here, and I was going to recommend him some acoustic basses or some acoustic-appropriate electric basses.
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Good thing it was moved quickly before the 15 year olds started yelling "OMFG THOSE DEANS ARE SO SICK GUY."
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If you are good at guitar, learning bass will take less than a week to be competent. But it does get boring very, very quickly.


Guitarist think they can learn in a week, and then learn improperly and don't focus on the right things that make a good bassist, and get frustrated. If you want to call that boredom, go right ahead if it makes you feel better.

Take timing for instance. Every damn guitarist that picks up my bass can hit all the right notes alright, but god their timing is so relative its Einsteinian in its execution. Let me tell you, drummers play bass guitar as a second instrument better than most of the guitarists I know. They get the process of being a rhythm foundation.
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I just realized when the threadstarter said "I play acoustic + electric" he was ignorantly meaning acoustic and electric guitars. Here I was thinking he plays acoustic and electric basses, like ol' Fitzy does here, and I was going to recommend him some acoustic basses or some acoustic-appropriate electric basses.

Lol... Sorry, I should have been more specific.
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fitz, this got moved from the Pit, so the title is a bit... off.

Lol, it didn't get moved from the pit :-P