Beginner bass and amp without breaking the bank?

Discussion in 'The Squier Bass Place' started by jbrowning, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. jbrowning

    jbrowning Squier-Meister

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    Thanks everyone for your input. This is what I found for $20.00 and I will use my amp I already have with keeping the volume low to see if this is what I'm wanting to do.

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    Thanks
    Jim
     
  2. Eddie

    Eddie Dr. Squier

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  3. jbrowning

    jbrowning Squier-Meister

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    That's what I thought to Eddie. She also gave me a new set of strings ($20.00 worth), a guitar tuner, strap and bass cable. I thought it was well worth the money and 50 miles I had to drive to get it.
    I cleaned it up a little, nothing had to be set up and it was ready to go.

    Thanks
    Jim
     
  4. mkgearhead

    mkgearhead Squier-holic

    Dec 18, 2009
    Fort Morgan, CO
    You beat me to it! I was going to have my mother-in-law pick that one up for me since she lives in Castle Rock, then I saw you inquire about it and figured I'd skip that deal. :D
     
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  5. jbrowning

    jbrowning Squier-Meister

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    It's a small world. I will let you know if I decide I don't want it. Also did you see the ad on Facebook in Denver. Here is the link.

    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/408117299736941/

    I still don't have funds for stuff like this.

    Jim
     
  6. jamie t

    jamie t Squier Talker

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    Nice deal!!
     
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  7. mkgearhead

    mkgearhead Squier-holic

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    Fort Morgan, CO
    Yeah, that one is a little out of my price range. Besides, I’ve got 10 or so Strats already. :cool:
     
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  8. jbrowning

    jbrowning Squier-Meister

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    Yeah, it's out of my price range also. It looks like a nice guitar. Looks like it is a dark blue or maybe a dark purple to me. If my eyes are looking right.
     
  9. ChinaCatSunflower

    ChinaCatSunflower Squier-Meister

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    Nice score! How is it sounding with your Mustang amps? I imagine it would sound pretty good with the right amp model.
     
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  10. blackspider57

    blackspider57 Squier-Nut

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    Best $20.00 bucks you will ever spend. SWEET!!!
    I used my Mustang 1 while waiting for my rumble.
    Worked fine at low volume.
     
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  11. jbrowning

    jbrowning Squier-Meister

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    The amplifier is handling really well. Now I don't have the volume up above 2 or 3 at the very most. But so far it's doing fine.
     
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  12. blackspider57

    blackspider57 Squier-Nut

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    Try the 59 bassman patch.
    I had good results.
     
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  13. mkgearhead

    mkgearhead Squier-holic

    Dec 18, 2009
    Fort Morgan, CO
    Well, it turns out that Jim didn’t take to the bass, so he was kind enough to sell it to me for what he paid for it. I’m a sucker for purple. :D
     
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  14. blackspider57

    blackspider57 Squier-Nut

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    That was quick. :)
     
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  15. jbrowning

    jbrowning Squier-Meister

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    I hope you like it. Yeah, not enough strings on it I think was my problem. :)
     
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  16. Conghaille

    Conghaille Squier-Nut

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    I've twice tried to get my bass chops going. Both times with a Rumble amp and a Squier bass (first an Affinity P-Bass, and later a VM 70s Jazz bass.) Both times I failed to get traction and sold off the rigs (which we basically in new condition) for barely half the price.

    Were I to do it differently, I'd go in one of two directions with gear:

    1) Go much lower with budget so backing out didn't hurt the bank account as much.

    or

    2) Get a nicer, short scale bass that will make the experience more similar to guitar playing, and make success more likely.\

    In any case, if there is a next time, I'd make sure that I have a specific goal and method before I started (not just, it'd be good to learn bass). For example, I have found some resource for learning (and have money to pay for that), and my first goal is to develop a basic skill (say finger plucking) and a musical goal (say play 12-bar blues and 1-4-5 rock basic backing with a couple fills.)

    Without that, I'd not waste even a hundred dollars, because I hate that feeling of seeing the thing that I'd "like to play" gather dust, while I play the instruments I'd rather play.

    Good luck in your bass experience!
     
  17. jbrowning

    jbrowning Squier-Meister

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    I think my main issue was I was trying to learn on my own. I think if I had a teacher (no not you tube) that I would set down with on a weekly basis, then it might have worked for me. I just didn't have any direction. So it was just a huge headache for me.

    But now it will be used so that is all good.
     
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