I know guitar and want to learn bass. Any models good to start out on? Or any particular style of bass best to learn on?
Fender J bass. You can get a used one for a few hundred dollars. Classic instrument used by many of the best; timeless design; lots of parts readily available.
Moving thread from IMHO to Cafe Society.
What makes it better than a Precision bass or other models from Ibanez, Yamaha, etc. ? (other than lots of parts available)
I’ve only dabbled in bass, but when I first played, I borrowed a friend’s Hofner-style viola bass, and it felt quite comfortable.
The shorter scale made it easier to reach for notes with my stubby rhythm-guitarist’s fingers, and the body was nice and compact with a tight tone. Not deep enough for funk or R&B music, but a nice sound for rock and blues.
Other basses I’ve played on occasion since (mostly P or J style) have all seemed very massive and unwieldy.
I’m also a guitar player and got a Thunderbird as a gift last year (there’s a thread about it here somewhere) and love playing it. That’s obviously not a technical recommendation, but I can say that the transition was relatively easy.
Lighter would be better and it seems the viola style is lighter.
For under $300, you can’t go wrong. I’ve been playing on one for a few months, and love it. Great versatility of tone, with an easy-to-play J-style neck.
Nobody lists the weights for instruments I guess they don’t think it matters. That’s probably true for many people. I will have to try one in person before I buy.
$400 is not bad at all for that small bass. I will have to see if anyone has one locally.
A friend of mine plays bass in her church band; as she’s only 5’2", she has a 3/4 size bass (not sure of the brand). If size / weight are a concern for you, you may want to look into something like that.
Size is not an issue as long as the weight is OK.
The J bass isn’t necessarily better than the P bass; it’s just tonal quality and neck preference. Both the sound and the neck are fatter on the P. With that said, the thinner J neck might be an easier adjustment with regard to your fretting hand.
I think the Ibanez and Yamaha ones are fairly good too, FWIW.
Working on a good reccomendation. Gimmie a bit.
I’ve got to reticulate some splines first.
Tried a Squier Jazz and Precision basses , they are heavy. Found a good Schecter that is lighter but above what I want to pay. There is a cheaper Schecter that I need to try out.
I’m short with small hands - I’d mucked around with basses but the day I got my hands on a short-scale was when I went “wow, I can play this” and did.
I’d have to look & see what kind mine is. It’s a cheapo, but I’m not a serious player. I think I paid $150 or so on sale. I know it’s a 30" - hell to find strings for!
It is also a lot lighter than many basses I’ve picked up, if that’s a concern.
Can’t you buy longer strings and cut them? Or are they too hard to cut?
Rondo’s SX series got decent reviews from people. Cheap, but… cheap.