#1
hey, I'm looking to buy a bass; my first actually. My roommate has a Schecter, and I really like the sound of it, but unfortunately, I decided to pursue higher education and therefore I do not have much money because it is funneled into tuition. So I'm looking for a bit cheaper bass, preferably 5 string, and although I try to base it too much on looks, I really like the wood finish.

Any suggestions?
#2
Have a peek around J&B, they have some nice wood finishes and a great beginner bass range. Also take a look at one of the stickies, it has a section of begginer basses. Brands i'd reccomend for a first bass: SX, Yamaha, J&B, squier - mixed feelings about squiers, sammick[?] and maybe ibanez.
#3
Find a used schecter? They are a great bass to grow into really. I have the custom 5 and it's awesome
#4
Is there a big difference between active and passive pickups? If so which is preferable?

Because this might have an effect in what I'm looking for.
#5
I'm not sure of the major difference between passive pickups and active, but I do know that the active pickups require a battery.
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#6
If it's your first bass, generally you would get a passive. But if your coming from guitar, it doesn't really matter.
#8
Maybe Ibanez GSR 205?
Squier P bass 5 string (Don't know if that's too expensive?)
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#9
Thanks a bunch,
Yeah, I come from a pretty substantial pool of guitar knowledge, but even so, the required battery input of an active pickup makes me wary of them.
#10
Quote by Demodokos
Thanks a bunch,
Yeah, I come from a pretty substantial pool of guitar knowledge, but even so, the required battery input of an active pickup makes me wary of them.

Well some basses have passive pick-ups but have an active pre-amp(my personal fav). Look into Squire and Ibanez if you are short on cash. I've seen some used MIM Fenders go for pretty cheap too. I highly recommend going to (multiple) music store(s) and playing every bass that is in your price range.... and even some that aren't. that way you choose a bass on how it plays/sounds.... or it might tell you that you need to save up for one of the ones not in your price range.