1. avatar i_amannie_b
    I'm looking for something to start on, so i'm not really wanting to spend too much. Um... so yeh. Just reply to this or PM me or whatever.
  2. avatar wannabeflea
    I don't know how much is too much but I've a Schecter Model T for sale further down the board a bit...

    http://fastfude.org/topic.php?id=25630
  3. avatar i_amannie_b
    Too much is like, over £100 lol.
    I'd prefer to not even spend £100.
  4. avatar bassman86
    for 2 weeks I will have Encore 4 String bass about 10 months old for 100 quid :D
  5. avatar mark666
    hey there, i have a fretless stagg bass i bought for messing round on, but recently got a new bass so i`d let it go for £40 if u`r interested
  6. avatar i_amannie_b
    ...what does fretless mean?
    lol
  7. avatar Recycled Alien
    [quote:d58e4cc22d="i_amannie_b"]...what does fretless mean?
    lol[/quote:d58e4cc22d]It means he's taking the p*ss.

    You wouldn't want to start learning on a fretless instrument. (That's literally with no frets.)

    Is this one still for sale:
    [url]http://fastfude.org/topic.php?id=23940[/url] - it's even pink! :D

    If you check on eBay, several of the local music shops sell their stuff and most of them have cheap beginner's bass outfits. e.g. 121 in Newcastle do various sets from £55 to £100, plus £15 delivery.

    I think a very cheap basic instrument is fine for starting on, because you may or may not decide you want to stick with it.
  8. avatar chris1984_99_99
    I agree with the above post. If its genuine then £40 for a fretless is VERY cheap... but also VERY hard to master yet alone learn on. That above post (with the pink bass) seems to be ideal. Its a Tokai which is a great make and cheap at £100 ono. Dont forget you will also need a small amp to practice with, again you could pick up a small 10-20watt amp online cheap enough on the likes of ebay.

    Bass guitars on ebay:
    http://musical-instruments.listings.ebay.co.uk/Guitars_Bass_W0QQfromZR4QQsacatZ4713QQsocmdZListingItemList

    Bass amps on ebay:
    http://musical-instruments.listings.ebay.co.uk/Amplifiers_Bass_W0QQdfspZ32QQfromZR4QQsacatZ58719QQsocmdZListingItemList

    OR
    You can get package deals online and in stores (online will probably still be cheaper even with postage) for a beginner bass, leads, tuners, spare strings, an amp and probably a dvd. If your just starting out and have nothing at all then thats what i would suggest! You can always sell it on if you decide after a while its not for you! :wink:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BLUEROCK-PBX-SERIES-BASS-GUITAR-PACKAGE-3-COLOURS-NEW_W0QQitemZ250235368822QQihZ015QQcategoryZ4713QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
  9. avatar mark666
    lol i`m not taking the piss, just i have a fretless that i don`t use now which i bought for £80 second hand bout a year ago, might`n be the easyest thing to learn on but he was looking for somthing cheap so i would sell it for £40

    same as this one

    http://www.bem-music.co.uk/list.pl?id=108470
  10. avatar Recycled Alien
    [quote:1270f22bb5="mark666"]lol i`m not taking the piss, just i have a fretless that i don`t use now which i bought for £80 second hand bout a year ago, might`n be the easyest thing to learn on but he was looking for somthing cheap so i would sell it for £40[/quote:1270f22bb5]Yeah, no offence. That would be a wee bargain for somebody.
  11. avatar donkeymagician
    got one practically new for £100, its by infinty, bought it from some german company on ebay...

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=310025485323&ssPageName=STRK:MEWN:IT&ih=021





    thats her
  12. avatar BLANK!
    I wouldn't really advise buying your first bass off the net tbh.

    Go down to a local shop, matchetts, marcus, guitar emporium, whatever. Then look at basses within your price range and have a whack on them. Then get the one that feels the best. The only time I would buy a bass of the net is when say I've already played that bass somewhere and I can get it cheaper second hand in good nick on the net.

    Honestly speaking from experience here, start on a squire precision. Then sound awesome and for like 200quid twith amp and bag, there a good deal. You won't need to upgrade for a good years.
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  13. avatar i_amannie_b
    [quote:b6065532d4="mark666"] but he was looking for somthing cheap so i would sell it for £40
    [/quote:b6065532d4]

    I'm clearly not a boy.

    Pink?
    No one'll take me seriously with a pink bass.
    Boys can pull off pink bass's but i would just look like a big loser.
  14. avatar chris1984_99_99
    [quote:e1e12290a1="i_amannie_b"][quote:e1e12290a1="mark666"] but he was looking for somthing cheap so i would sell it for £40
    [/quote:e1e12290a1]

    I'm clearly not a boy.

    Pink?
    No one'll take me seriously with a pink bass.
    Boys can pull off pink bass's but i would just look like a big loser.[/quote:e1e12290a1]

    ah he probably just didnt realise, i wouldnt worry about it! :wink:

    Theres some good bass's going at the minute, i wouldnt worry too much about the colour unless you have something you really want, eg a particular colour, type of guitar etc?
  15. avatar bodacious_happenings
    If you're planning on playing bass as a long term thing I would personally advise against buying a bass for its price tag. As you play longer you'll likely end up very much wanting to upgrade it and you'll be out more money in the long run. Plus having a relatively nice instrument to play makes you want to play it more!

    If you're just dabbling in bass on the side then I can understand. Or if money is very tight and you need it immediately for something. If you have a job I'd advise you saving up for a while for something relatively good, but still "cheap".

    The bass I bought, and still play, is a relatively cheap Yamaha RBX 774 bass. It's good for the price. Paid about £370 in Matchett's for it. Has definitely done me proud. The only thing I want now is a stupidly expensive Warwick Vampyre NT.
  16. avatar ryanego
    Annie, google Squier Bronco bass.
    I have one, it cost me just over £100 new. It's not bad. Intonation is a little bit out on a couple of frets and there are only 2 saddles so fine adjustment is difficult, but good for the money and for learning. It sounds pretty good recorded, and looks really really cool.
  17. avatar Strong Reaction
    Yeah, i doubt people will judge you on the colour. Best to try a few and take it from there. Maybe a second hand Squier, Yamaha or Peavey, or maybe you could borrow one to see what you think. :P
  18. avatar i_amannie_b
    [quote:69f9f1568c="ryanego"]Annie, google Squier Bronco bass.
    I have one, it cost me just over £100 new. It's not bad. Intonation is a little bit out on a couple of frets and there are only 2 saddles so fine adjustment is difficult, but good for the money and for learning. It sounds pretty good recorded, and looks really really cool.[/quote:69f9f1568c]


    http://www.dv247.com/invt/40735/

    ?
  19. avatar BLANK!
    Aw looking at the bridge on that makes me feel sick :( lol
  20. avatar luke
    I will second mitch's comment - get the squire bronco. the only reason anyone plays bass is to look cool, and there's none cooler. actually, rather than actually buying a bass, just buy alex james's book and read that first.
  21. avatar ryanego
    that's the one annie

    Yeh the bridge is a bit shit, but you can buy a replacement for very little, and you might get lucky and not have intonation problems anyway.
  22. avatar i_amannie_b
    http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/74531
    i found that one

    http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/74531
    and then someone told me that one was good too.
  23. avatar Strong Reaction
    They have second hand Stagg's in Cash Converters. Bring someone with you when you're buying so you don't get a lemon.
  24. avatar chris1984_99_99
    Jeepers theres certainly plenty of choices for your first bass now! Some very good ones there to!

    Its funny... when i think back to my first bass... it was a case of. here u go! heres a bass!
    why thank you mister! wowah! a 3 string bass!

    ....how little i knew! :roll:
  25. avatar Recycled Alien
    Well, there's good and bad advice on this thread.

    Personally, I think recommeding the Bronco to a girl is a bit sexist: "Here try this, it will fit your wee delicate hands." In fact, I can think of no female in local bands who plays a short scale bass. Or any males, either. Or [i:29e5d0356c]anybody[/i:29e5d0356c], in any band I've ever heard of.

    Anyway, I have a strong prejudice against instruments where you can't set the saddle individually for each string. If you can twist the saddles on the Bronco then you will be able to get all 4 strings in tune. If not, not. More trouble than it's worth in either case.

    If playing bass is about being cool (and without doubt, it is the coolest instrument in any band) then you want the biggest and baddest bass you can get your hands on. :D

    I'd say you should get someone reliable to go with you to Matchetts. They're the place in Belfast with the best range of budget guitars, although I don't know if they can match that GAK price for a Stagg Precision.
  26. avatar Pete
    The best quality budget basses I've ever played are the Peavey Milestones. I liked them so much I made my housemate buy one so I could use his around the house for practising on while my other basses stay in the studio! I think Baird's music still have a few in stock.

    I don't think anyone was making the Bronco suggestion because of the short scale length Steve. It is actually an alright bass and has a certain retro charm.
  27. avatar i_amannie_b
    to be honest i didn't even know it was smaller.
    and it would probably make more sense for it to be smaller because, believe it or not, i don't have big man hands.
  28. avatar chrisjedijane
    I like those Bronco basses - as Pete said, they do have a certain retro charm. As for short scale basses, Tina Weymouth played a Mustang bass for years with Talking Heads and rocked it. I'd love a mustang bass, actually...
  29. avatar BLANK!
    Meh I'm not much of a short scale fan. I'd rather play the two octaves.
  30. avatar chris1984_99_99
    As well as the fender jazz, ive a wee hofner voilin bass as used by Paul McCartney. Theyre short scale. Going from a standard scale to short scale is kinda like a go between from bass to guitar i find. certainly if u dont have big hands or arms long enough to swing from tree to tree then a short scale might be the thing to look at.
  31. avatar bodacious_happenings
    Sorry, I think these are rather ridiculous statements. Plenty of guys don't even have "big manly hands/arms" yet I've seen them manage. I was even just playing with a band called Red Like Crimson who have a girl bass player, she managed perfectly well with the oh so gigantic normal scale bass.

    On another note I was under the impression that the shorter scale won't have the same low note articulation as a normally sized one anyway. Even the difference between "normal" (34 inches) and "extended" (35 inches) affects the lower note articulation, with the latter having clearer definition for low notes, and even moreso if lower tunings are used.
  32. avatar thesacredhearts
    All said though... i'm a bloke, and i much prefer playing short scale/thin profile necks. My westone bass has a thin profile neck which is much more comfortable than other basses ive played. And it has plenty of low end clarity.

    I also maybe getting a mustang soon which is short scale and its fucking lovely.

    So the recommendations are perfectly reasonable imo.
  33. avatar chris1984_99_99
    Theres no difference between a short or normal scale bass intonation wise or otherwise. Its basically a scaled down version, its not like it drops a fret or 2 in order to make it shorter. The short scale hofner violin bass has 22 frets, my fender jazz has 20 frets. If you hit an open E on either bass it will sound the same (tone wise, not taking into consideration the bass's are different of course). Also the strings you use are different on a short scale compared to a normal scale.
  34. avatar Recycled Alien
    The pitch of a note depends on the length of the string, its tension and its weight.

    If you shorten the length, then to tune to the same note, say E, you have to either have a heavier string or a looser one.

    Either case affects all the other qualities of the note, like the dynamics, sustain and overall spectrum of the sound. Short scale instruments do sound different to long scale ones.
  35. avatar BLANK!
    True bill right there Alien, they do sound different. I personally don't care what it is, short scale or long scale as long as it has clarity at the low end and as little fret buzz as possible.
  36. avatar chris1984_99_99
    well thats why i said you use different strings on short scale bass guitars than on normal scales. the tensions, guages, weight etc are all different.

    Simply put, if they sounded terrible or they were impossible to get in tune then they wouldnt make them. But they do.

    Anyway i think this is going off topic a bit here. If someone wants then lets start a new topic and call it short scale vs normal scale.
  37. avatar Sadoldgit
    I can recommend this company having bought a few guitars off them very cheap.

    If you can pick one up cheap in the ebay auction, they wont charge you postage on a practice amp.
    i would expect to get this for under 70 quid at auction with 15 quid delivery.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/WESLEY-NIMROD-VEE-BLACK-GOTHIC-ELECTRIC-BASS-GUITAR_W0QQitemZ290223248603QQihZ019QQcategoryZ4713QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1742.m153.l1262
  38. avatar thefatson
    I`ll be selling an Epiphone Thunderbird in a week or so when I get around to setting it up and putting the scratchplate back on, I liked it better with no scratchplate.
    100 quid, I`ll make a topic when it`s ready if you or anyone else wants it.