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The bass guitar is a terrific instrument. It serves both the rhythm and the melody. It is used in virtually every style of music. The bass is comparatively simple, straightforward, and easy to learn. Most importantly, playing the bass is a fun and cool thing to do.
There are conventional basses and radical basses, but they all basically sound the same. Choose a style and color that appeals to you and has the right vibe for your style of music. Good looks won’t make a bass sound any better, but it can encourage you to play more.
There are many basses to choose from in the $100 to $300 range. Even the lowest priced basses from Musician’s Friend are perfectly playable, fully functional instruments that will get beginners off to a good start and make it possible to give bass a try without commiting piles of cash upfront. At around the $300 level, you begin to see basses of remarkable quality—well-designed and well-made instruments you can enjoy for many years.
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There are different types of basses to choose from—solidbody basses and hollowbody basses; 4-, 5-, or 6-string basses; fretted and fretless instruments; basses with short-, standard-, or long-scale necks; basses with active or passive electronics—and a great range in quality of woods, finishes, hardware, and controls. For those just starting out, its best to keep it simple and go for a 4-string bass with a bolt-on neck, passive pickups, and simple controls.