How to choose a bass guitarWelcome new bass players! It is often said that a band is only as good as its bass player. Perhaps that’s a bit of an overstatement, but there’s a lot of truth in that claim. The bass guitarist is the only member of the band standing at the edge of the rhythm component (drummer) and the melody component (guitarist, keyboard player, etc.). Along with the drums, the bass player creates the tempo and groove of the song and, with their tones and chord breakdowns, supports what the guitarist or other band members are playing at the given moment.
Bass guitars for beginnersPerhaps a good strategy when buying your first bass guitar is to choose one you think looks cool, as you’ll always enjoy picking it up to practice.
The jazz bass first introduced by the American manufacturer. Fender is the most versatile bass guitar available The cult status of the .JB grew so great that now many other brands produce them in a wide range of models. The JB is an excellent choice for beginners because it is simply the standard.
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Four or five strings?The difference between 4-string and 5-string bass guitars is that 5-string models have an extra low ‘B’ string (Czechs call it ‘H’) which, with standard tuning, allows you to play three tones lower.
Ask yourself the following question. What does your bass idol play – a 4-string or 5-string bass guitar? This question is actually quite important, since as you learn you will definitely want to play the bass parts of your favourite band. If their songs are written for a 5-string bass, don’t be afraid to buy this type even as a beginner. But if you don’t have a favourite rocker who plays on a 5-string guitar, get yourself a standard 4-string model – it will let you play any music style you wish.
How to amplify your bass guitarLike electric guitars, bass guitars also need an amp to plug into to reproduce the sound of your instrument. Amps can be divided into two types: bass guitar combos and sets of a bass guitar amp and cab. We recommend bass guitar combos for beginners. This piece of equipment combines an amp and a speaker, which is all you need.
For playing at home and taking your first steps with a bass guitar, a 50 W combo is sufficient (we list the output of each combo we sell). If you plan to play in a band without drums (e.g. with just a guitarist, keyboard player and some light percussion), look for a combo with an output of around 100 W. In the case your band has a proper drum kit, you’ll need a combo with an output of 200 W or more.
Accessories for bass guitarsBass guitars require a few basic accessories. First and foremost, you’ll need a .cable to connect your bass to a combo or amp. You’ll need a tuner (any clip model will do) to tune the instrument. A strap and stand will also come in handy. If you plan to travel with your bass, we recommend buying a soft case (more comfortable) or a hard case (safer).
If you need some help deciding which bass guitar to buy, don’t hesitate to call us on our toll-free line at 020 8089 1481 or send us an email to .