#1
My 10 year old son is interested in getting into a rock instrument and we've been tossing around the idea of Bass guitar. I have a bit of an ulterior motive - I play guitar and it would be cool if he could play bass with me (no his name isn't Wolfgang). However, while there are a zillion aspiring guitarists out there my impression is that good bass players are a lot more rare and probably won't have too much trouble finding a band. He's got a fair bit of mucial experience already (grade 4 conservatory piano) and has a decent sense of rhythym.

I don't want to spend a ton of money in case this is a passing whim, but I want to get a decent instrument that will not frustrate him. I was thinking of this one as a possibility:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-RBX170-Bass?sku=511081

Anyone have any thoughts on this bass or any alternate rocommendations?
#3
My starter bass, which i am still using, was a silvertone. I was decently priced and came with a 15W amp, cable, case, DVD, and some other stuff. The only problem that i have with it, is that the strings alittle close together which make it hard to learn slap, besides that, no problems. here's the link from where i got it.

http://www.costco.com/Browse/ProductSet.aspx?Prodid=11200318&search=silvertone&Mo=5&cm_re=1_en-_-Top_Left_Nav-_-Top_search&lang=en-US&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&Sp=S&N=5000043&whse=BC&Dx=mode+matchallpartial&Ntk=Text_Search&Dr=P_CatalogName:BC&Ne=4000000&D=silvertone&Ntt=silvertone&No=5&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Nty=1&topnav=&s=1
Slap a bass, not a ho.
#5
the best starter bass (in a personal opinion of course) is a squire jazz bass... slim neck (helps youngin's who are just gettin those hands broken in), string spacing is very nice and have a strikingly amazing sound that does resemble closely that of a full out Fender Jazz. and for a mere $200ish Can. depending on where you buy it, it will deff. give you a smile to hear him play:P:

http://www.squierguitars.com/products/search.php?section=basses&pg=2
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#6
Thanks for the recommendations guys - I'll check them out. Also a lot of good stuff in the FAQ I had missed. Anyone have any direct experience with the Yamaha RBX 170 Model I was looking at?