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(@bob331)
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Hello all:

I'm just starting out - need to buy (or rent) a "starter" bass, amp and whatever else I will need.

Any guidelines or suggestions as to what I should get, buy or rent, etc. ?

Bob

P.S. I own a pretty good nylon string acoustic guitar (actually, I own 2). Perhaps I should work with those for a while before buying the real thing?


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(@progressions)
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What's not "the real thing" about your pretty good nylon string guitar?

Is it bass you're wanting to play?

Jeff

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(@bob331)
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Yes, electric bass.


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(@dogbite)
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Yamaha makes a fine bass. look in the 500-600$ range.
I just bought for a young friend a Fender Rumble bass amp. 10 inch speaker. it is actually a really nice little amp. nice and loud for home use (his mom told me) and you can plug in headphones and connect to a CD player too so you can jam along.
I was surprised by this small amp.
I only play bass occasionally. each time there was a Yamamha lying around. one fretless was teriffic.

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(@katmetal)
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That Yamaha might be a beautiful buy, but I am getting the impression that Bob is trying to do this a bit more inexpensive than that? I would suggest the Rondo line;
http://www.rondomusic.com/bassguitars4.html
They were suggested to me on here actually, a while ago. I was looking for an instrument for a Christmas present for a friend, & I ordered the SX SJB-57 BK with Maple neck. This instrument is amazing - you would definantly not think you are playing a $100 guitar.

I am hooked on this company, I will be buying more from them. I have my eye on the Agile AL-3100 Nat Spalted Slim elect. guitar... Maybe if Santa treats me right...


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(@bob331)
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Thanks - the Rondo line looks like it's just what I want - for now.

Can anyone recommend a good beginners DVD to get me started on electric bass?


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(@bob331)
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Thanks - the Rondo line looks like it's just what I want - for now.

Can anyone recommend a good beginners DVD to get me started on electric bass?


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(@bob331)
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The Hodge book is on my buy list.

But there's a lot of learning that you can get by watching a teacher illustrate a particular technique rather than reading about it in a book.

So any DVD suggestions would be appreciated.

Bob


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(@slejhamer)
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This looks like it might be good for beginners, especially if you get the book that goes with it:

http://www.cvls.com/products/BVD.html

His other "primer" books get good reviews, so the bass one should be alright.

"Everybody got to elevate from the norm."


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(@bob331)
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I have some coupons that I can use on Amazon.

They list a "Yamaha Gigmaker" package for under $300.

http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-Gigmaker-Finish-Electric-Package/dp/B000T4SJTQ/ref=sr_1_37?ie=UTF8&s=musical-instruments&qid=1195819389&sr=8-37

Whaddya think?

Bob


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