Every time I get to introduce someone to a new instrument, I get excited. It reminds me of the very first time I was introduced to an instrument. It was not a bass guitar, not. It was something much simpler, but the feeling was the same as if I had been introduced to something as complicated and amazing as a bass guitar. I was excited to hold it in my hands and happy when the first note left the instrument. It felt like I had created something exceptional out of nothing, like I had cast a magic spell for the first time in my life. The excitement did not fade for a long time after I had picked up the instrument and ever since then I have enjoyed the process of getting new players to pick up new instruments. Which is why it is so exciting for me to be talking about the best beginner bass guitars. It reminds me of my first time picking up an instrument and that time I helped my friend pick out his first bass guitar as a teenager. It reminds me of the sweet times of my youth that sometimes feel further away than they really are. Writing about beginners and instruments for them is like an awakening to the fact that, yes my first time might have been a long time ago, but this happiness and excitement will be felt again and again in the world, and I will have a role in helping these emotions be felt again.
Table of Contents
- Top 5 Best Beginner Bass Guitars
- How to choose bass guitar for beginner?
Top 5 Best Beginner Bass Guitars
|Squier by Fender Affinity Jazz Beginner Electric Bass||(4.8 / 5)||Check on Amazon
|Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro 3/4 Size Electric Bass||(4.8 / 5)||Check on Amazon
|Squier by Fender Affinity Series Precision||(4.7 / 5)||Check on Amazon
|Ibanez GSRM20BWK GIO 4-String Mikro Electric Bass||(4.7 / 5)||Check on Amazon
|Crescent Electric Bass Guitar Starter Kit||(4.6 / 5)||Check on Amazon
How to choose bass guitar for beginner?
Buying a beginner bass guitar means several things. One is that by picking up this instrument you are promising yourself and the instrument that you will be spending the next years practicing and getting better. The investment has been made, now you have to gain the benefits. Two is that the commitment you are making will feel like a burden only if you let it. The idea is to have fun, not to stress out about not practicing. Three, there are a lot of things you need to learn about the bass guitar, including how they are made and how they can be played, which, inadvertently will lead you to learning the history of the guitar and its players, some of whom you might already know about and be aspiring to be like.
Things to know when choosing bass guitars
The first thing you need to know is that there are numerous types of wood that the body of a bass guitar is made of, with each one having a different effect on the sound of the bass guitar. This will not be useful to you until you decide to buy your second, more professional guitar, but will remain important so that you do not end up trying to buy something out of your league both financially and sound wise.
Bass guitars usually have humbucking pickups, but that depends entirely on the manufacturer and, eventually, on your preferences. There are choices you will have to make when picking the right pickups for your axe, which will mainly mean the difference between a mellow, warm sound and a snappy, bright sound.
Finally, there are many techniques used in playing the bass guitar. Slapping, pulling, snapping, etc. etc.. All of them are techniques worthy of learning as they will enhance your repertoire of songs and sounds. There is nothing better than going from a smooth bass line into an energetic bass solo and then keeping the song going with a little bit of funky play. This is only possible if you decide to diversify your bass guitar playing technique repository. Otherwise you might just end up being one of those players who play C note all the time and are getting extremely existential and unsure of their decisions in life.
And, before you leave all happy that you finally have all the things you need to play the bass, don’t forget to pick up some additional equipment and necessary accessories. An amp is something you will definitely need for an electric bass guitar, and so is either a gig bag or a case. A guitar stand might come in useful, as well as an electronic tuner, especially since you are a beginner. These are the basics so far and if you remember all these things, then you will be set to start your musical journey.
You might have read one of my many stories about me and my friend going to buy his first bass guitar. You might have heard the prelude and the aftermath, but what truly matter most is the moment when we walked into the shop and he knew. It must have been after about a month of searching, so many shops scoured for bass guitars both old and new. The cumulative exhaustion of searching for so long makes my feet hurt even today, so many years later. The thing is, we walked into the shop which we had been into at least twice before, during the evening. The sun had been slowly going down and had been our hope. We walked in, knowing that they would be picking up new stock this month. Maybe there would be something for him that he would like? The shop was lit with a yellowish light. It was not a big shop, it was a single room, but that room was very square and very large on its own. The walls were full of instruments, the floor was full of instruments as well. It felt like a museum for things that were yet to happen. We walked up to the counter and, the sales guy shining a smile of recognition at us, said that he might have something interesting. He said it was one of the best beginner bass guitars he had ever had in his shop. He took us towards one of the corners of the room, where a sunburst body, pickguard bearing bass guitar hang. He took it down and he gave it to my friend. He looked like he was hypnotized, playing a few notes. We left that night with a new guitar.