#1
this summer im gonna buy a digital recorder, a new distortion pedal for my guitar, and i want a bass to record with so i can mak myself a CD, and used to be reeli into green day and i have recently seen the mike dirnt squier bass in my local shop, what do u guys know about it cos it looks awesome and it feels nice to play but is it a good bass for the price cos i have no experience
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yea i just saw one today and i really like it..... i play guitar and have thought about switching overto bass for a while.... i think it's a good buy so go for it!
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It's alright, but nothing special for the price. There's a list of starter basses and amps in the FAQ at the top of the page (remember, guitar amp speakers will get damaged if you try to play a bass through it).

Other than that, the most important thing is comfort. Don't go for the bass just because it has a name on it. Get it because it most importantly feels good, and preferably sounds good as well.
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yeah, well i liked the look of it an it felt nice to play, and yes i know, i need a bass amp
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yeah, well i liked the look of it an it felt nice to play, and yes i know, i need a bass amp


Just checking. We do get a lot of people failing to consider it, so I just mentioned in case.

Just try as many basses in your price range as you can. None in the price range will sound particularly good, so just go with feel. A trick I find (well, helped a friend pick a starter guitar) would be to play unamplified to find what sort of necks you like. If forces you to go on how the instrument feels, rather than the sound. Good EQing will almost always be able to make a bad tone ok, and visa versa.
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well my price range is up to 200 quid plus a small bass amp, im not gonna chagefull time to bass, i just wanna be able to play for song writin and if a band needs a bassist i can
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He just gave a price range of up to £200 including and amp, and then you recomend the full Fender? I fail to see the logic.
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If my conversion logic stands correct, the Squier Mike Dirnt Precision Bass costs 150 quid, leaving 50 quid for a practice amp. If you lack any bass equipment, I would reccomend the Epiphone Accesory Pack (Amp, strap, chord, gig bag, tuner). If you already have a gig bag, and the tuner, then you could get one of the many Amps listed in the Bass Forum FAQ. I would bet that you could get a 15 Watt amp for around 50 quid.

Please note that the reccomendation for the epiphone accessory pack represent my own views, and is not looked upon any good favor within this forum.
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gig bag isnt needed i have a bass gig bag which i use for my normal guitar, i have a tuner already, got a spare strap, i have found this amp what do u guys think of it?

http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/peavey-max-126---new-product!!!/66691

i have leads aswell and my wah pedal works with bass
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I used to have that amp. As a first amp it isn't too bad. It sounds ok, which will be your primary concern. No amp for less than £250 will really have enough volume for bands, so I shall leave that factor aside.

It issolid and reliable. Definately recomended for the price.
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gm jack u are possibly the most useful persn i have ever met on UG everyone else is sarcastic and give stupid suggestions

( actually beckyjc is awesome too for the same reasons)
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Actually I'm just in a good mood at the moment, as I am quite drunk. I'll be back with the other regulars tomorrow.
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To the TS, if the bass feels good to you, plays well for you, has the tone you are looking for, then you have found your bass. Its a Fender so its going to be built well, and if the signature bass is where you are at, go for it. Yes, try others in that range and make sure its what you want. And I almost bought that Peavey amp as a practice amp, so its not a bad choice either.

But...

I am glad you found gmjack helpful. Yes, like many of the others on this forum he's very well informed about bass related items. But as a newer citizen to our happy little family here in the land of bass, you'd be wise to go with the flow and avoid big generalizations on the rest of the folks. We'd love to help you as well, if you can put up with our senses of humour in the this forum.
#16
Do you really need the pedal? Cut that out, and you can get a much better amp.

The Mike Dirnt bass is actually a really good one for its price. I tried one out when I was looking for my first bass. It was out of my (pathetically small) price range, but I'd have gotten it in a heartbeat. The Fender model is a lot better than the Squier one, but the Squier is still a great bass for the price.
#17
i already have the pedal, thanks people, yeah it looks, feels, plays and sounds good for me so i guess i go try it out again then make the decision
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I would not recommend the Squier Mike Dirnt bass, if you had enough for the proper Fender version then I would definitely recommend it but Squier signature instruments are a bit gimmicky.

With that price range get an Affinity Precision or a Standard if you can stretch it, then look at an Orange Crush amp, they're very very good practice amps, I wish I'd bought one as my first amp.

Another suggestion would be to read through the FAQ stickied at the top of the forum, skater_dan0 did a great piece on beginner basses and I put a bit in on practice amps so check them out.
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I thought I was somewhat helpful.
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