How To Choose The Right Bass
I am amazed by just how many people end up with a bass that is completely wrong for their application. This is usually because not only do they have no idea what they need, but bass tone can be a bit of a mystery.
I would like to make a suggestion that I think will be helpful in making sure you end up with the bass you need instead of the one that the store knows to carry the biggest profit margin. My experience from visiting many musical instrument stores over the years tells me that a lot of the folks in sales are often not the most clued-up people when it comes to knowing what bass, amp, and pedals are right for each genre and application. Because of the nature of bass and how it functions in a mix, a lot of different basses can work in most environments. There are definitely some nuances that you will want to work out so that you are best equipped for the type of playing you want to do and the type of music that you will make.
Sales people are often not the most clued-up people when it comes to knowing what gear is right for each genre.
My “Massive” Revelation
We live in an era where we can find out almost anything about anyone through the beauty of the inter webs. My suggestion is to work out the genre of the music that you will primarily be playing and then do some sleuthing and find out what type of bass those players are using. In my experience, the players that I like and that play the music that I get to make usually play Fender Precision style basses. I checked out the three piece bands that I liked and ended up with the right type of bass for my music and was very happy.
Try It On For Size
It is best if you can find an instrument that feels right in your hands, inspires you to play, and is versatile enough to play the genre of music that you will perform. Don’t be scared to play all the basses in the store and if you find one that sounds and feels right for you, then that bass could be the one. You might get a surprise in that it may not be the most expensive bass in the store. I bought an Indonesian 5-string Squire Precision bass that was inexpensive and works great for what I need it to do. I plan on a few modifications but I definitely have a bass that headed me in the right direction.
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