Getting to first bass.
October 21, 2011 11:33 AM Subscribe
I've decided to buy my first upright bass to learn on (a used student bass). What to look for?
posted by hanoixan to media & arts (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I found a seller who has a repaired bass (broken neck fixed by a luthier) he is selling for $200. I realize this is a price which is too good to be true, but I'm willing to look at it. I'd normally run away from something like this, but he's desperately trying to liquidate items from his late father's music business.
Information I've gotten so far: it doesn't have a popular name, was made in Indonesia on contract for the now defunct music shop (based on Kay M-1 templates), is a plywood/carved hybrid, and has an ebony fingerboard and stock steel strings.
What kinds of things can I test and look at when buying to make sure I'm not wasting $200 (beyond how it sounds). I've played bass guitar for 15 years, and I know how to buy lots of those, if that helps.