Beginner bass and amp without breaking the bank?

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  1. jbrowning

    jbrowning Squier-Meister

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    Hello everyone, so I've been debating on purchasing a bass to learn how to play. I've been playing guitar for many years and have a Mustang Amp II and III. I'm looking for an inexpensive bass to get started along with a amp. I don't think the Mustang would be right for the bass.

    Any suggestions? Possibly keeping it in the $100.00 range.

    Thanks
    Jim
     
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  2. drewcp

    drewcp Squier-Nut

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    Bass: Bronco (cheaper) or Ibanez Micro (cooler colors)

    Any small SS bass amp around 20 watts should be plenty for playing at home.
     
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  3. so1om

    so1om Dr. Squier

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    Absolutely #1 choice or if you happen on a Squier SS Jaguar bass (or any other Squier bass you happen on in yoru price range.)

    Amps are all over the place. Even at a low volume, I have played bass to audibly hear it through a Frontman 25r guitar amp. Believe me I wasn't thumpin it, but even the most basic of amps can get you going.
     
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  4. RoyalWe

    RoyalWe Squier-holic

    Sep 5, 2012
    Eugene, Oregon
    You’e going to be hard pressed to find a bass and amp for $100 or less. As far as amps go, you can usually find a used Peavey bass amp for pretty cheap. They’re build like tanks and sound good. Basses, there’s so many cheap basses on EBay and Amazon, some have decent reviews. Silvertone has made some p bass copies recently that are pretty good, I owned one briefly. It’s hard to go wrong with a classic Precision, Jazz, or PJ design.
     
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  5. jbrowning

    jbrowning Squier-Meister

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    I have a old Squier Champ 15 amp laying around here. Do you think that would do or should I go for a little larger amp?
     
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  6. RoyalWe

    RoyalWe Squier-holic

    Sep 5, 2012
    Eugene, Oregon
    I think all the frontman amps, including the 15B bass amp, have the same speaker. I assume it’s rated for a wattage high enough that the 15w amp cant overdrive it hard enough to wreck the cone.
     
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  7. Eddie

    Eddie Dr. Squier

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  8. so1om

    so1om Dr. Squier

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    Yeah, but along wave form can certainly push out that speaker coil.
     
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  9. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Squier-Axpert

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  10. drewcp

    drewcp Squier-Nut

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  11. Eddie

    Eddie Dr. Squier

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    Yes, I have the burlywood version. Perfect for me to rock out the mancave. :)
     
  12. RoyalWe

    RoyalWe Squier-holic

    Sep 5, 2012
    Eugene, Oregon
    For how little you can pick up one of those amps for, I say go for it. Even if you do blow the speaker eventually, it’s only ~$20 you’re out. It’ll work just fine until you decide to get a dedicated bass amp, if you should choose.
     
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  13. Hammertime

    Hammertime Squier Talker

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    On the amp...If you can find a Hartke Kickback 10, look into it. I bought one last year for cheap and I couldn't believe the volume that came out of that 120 watts!. I recently found KB 12 for $100, sold the KB10 for $75, and now have an amp that I can't turn up past 2 or 3 in a regular jam. Plenty good enough to play small venues with and a good sound to boot. FYI, they both have the same amp, but the KB 12 just has a bigger speaker. If you see one used check it out....you won't be disappointed. They don't usually get much love, but can be a great bang for your buck.
     
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  14. JohnnyMac

    JohnnyMac Squier-Meister

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  15. JohnnyMac

    JohnnyMac Squier-Meister

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    Here's my rig.

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  16. jbrowning

    jbrowning Squier-Meister

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    Wow, great looking bass and amp. But unfortunately at the moment I can't do that. Hopefully when I get back to work I can look at these nicer bass' and guitars.
     
  17. SoundDesign

    SoundDesign Squier-holic

    If there's even a slight chance you'll be playing bass in a jam / band scenario, my advice would be to skip the practice amp entirely. Get something used that is loud enough to be "jammable" with guitar /drums yet not require a fridge cart to move.

    If you don't see yourself playing with others, the amp doesn't matter that much.
     
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  18. Davey

    Davey Squier-holic

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    Mar 31, 2015
    Monroe WA
    Hey, check out SGW. I have bought several bass guitars from that auction site that are well within your price.

    Lower tier bass guitars can be tricky, I would go with a used Ibanez.
     
  19. Toddcaster64

    Toddcaster64 Squier-holic

    Apr 1, 2013
    Ventura
    Could not agree more.

     
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