When I got my first bass guitar, I was 15 years old. I purchased 3 bass guitars in my life, and each one was more expensive than the last. If you are looking at purchasing a guitar, you most likely want to start with an electric bass guitar. With that in mind, follow a few steps below so that you can get a good deal.
Set Your Budget Low If You’re Learning
If you are still learning, and you are NOT an expert, than you will want to set aside no more than $100. I say this because you don’t need a vintage Fender electric bass guitar. You don’t need anything overpriced, because you’re learning. I know, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s 100% true. When you master the notes, chords, and you are an excellent player, then spend your money on something nice. However, when you’re learning start with something standard, non-expensive. No more than $100!
I suggest that you order your electric bass guitar on amazon.com. Today, for instance, I found one for $69 with free shipping, a small amp and a case. You cannot beat that price. You just can’t. You may not get the number one brand, but you will get something that you can LEARN on. That’s what you need to remember. Wait and save your money for something nice after you are really good at playing the standard. Parents, DO NOT SPEND too much on a bass guitar. What if your child ends up not liking the instrument? Do you really want to waste $500 - $9,000 on a bass guitar that is going to sit in the corner?
Pick a Standard Electric Bass Guitar
Do not go fancy. Again, it cannot be stressed enough, you’re learning. When you are learning how to play electric bass guitar, you need to focus on the basics. That means that you should not look for a fretless one, or something that is too complicated. Go with a standard P-Bass or Jazz Bass and make sure you practice.
Buy Learning Materials
The next thing that you want to do is make sure that you purchase a book, dvd instructional guide and do not rely too much on TABS. When I was first learning, I focused on only tabs and it hurt my instructions. Learn the harder way, and make sure that you practice at least 1 hour a day. If you love bass guitar, then you will definitely learn fast and you can then buy a vintage Fender or a signature design option.
Learn first, then spend big money. Parents, that means you too. Let your child learn how to play on a standard entry level item then buy them that awesome 1960s Jazz Bass with the original pickups.