electric bass for beginners

An electric bass guitar for beginners functions much the same way as an acoustic bass guitar, only, it needs electricity to function well. It produces sounds with the use of magnetic pickups, which are responsible for interacting and amplifying the sound. Today, we discuss the beginner bass guitar exercises, beginner bass guitar kits and best way to learn bass guitar

On the other hand, you can practice softly with an unplugged electric bass guitar, just like your acoustic bass; or wear headphones plugged into the amp.

The majority of musicians prefer the electric bass when playing on stage or when performing. They use the electric bass guitar on stage simply because it can be heard over other instruments.

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Electric Bass Guitar Features

The electric bass guitar uses a power source, a pickup, tuning pegs, and magnetic parts to produce the appropriate sound. Beginners will have an easier time learning how to play the bass if they are more knowledgeable on the different parts and features.

Most electric bass guitars feature 3 band EQs and 2 pickups. These amplify the sound a lot clearer and better than the acoustic bass guitars. To change the sound produced by the electric bass; fret pressure and tuning pegs are utilized. 

The vibration produced by the thinner strings of the bass is connected to 6 magnetic fields swathed in copper wire. This produces current that goes through a pre-amplifier. The pre-amplifier enhances the sound, reduces noise, and minimizes other interferences. The sound is then amplified by digital processors and transmitted to the speakers. 

Beginners may find it intimidating to learn about these features because the set-up of an electric bass guitar is more complex than that of the acoustic bass. Nevertheless, to an avid learner, learning how to use the features of the electric bass guitar would be relatively easy. 

 Electric Bass Pros

  • Convenient to play because of its slimmer neck and smaller body 
  • Versatile in sound and tone
  • Easier to strum due to thinner strings
  • Louder sound, even from a distance; plus, can be heard easily when playing with other instruments 
  • Blends well with rock music, pop, funk, hip hop, and also with most music genres

Electric Bass Cons

  • More expensive than the acoustic bass guitar
  • Needs a power source to produce maximum results

Most beginners will choose an electric bass guitar to start out with, over an acoustic bass. I also started with an electric and recommend you do as well if you are undecided between acoustic or electric.

Electric Bass For Beginners

When it comes to recommending beginner electric bass guitars, I am a big fan of the Yamaha TRBX204 GLB 4-String Bass Guitar (click to see price and reviews on Amazon). Yamaha makes some of the lightest bass guitars with thin neck that are easy and comfortable for beginners to start out on.

The Yamaha TRBX Series is perfect for starting out on. I recommend 4-strings for beginners as easier than 5-string. Choose the 200 or 300 series. There are several colors to choose from. The 4-control circuit gives control over volume, balance, and a 2-band equalizer. It’s an all-round excellent beginner bass and will make learning easier and more enjoyable.

Pair the Yamaha TRBX bass guitar with an Orange Crush Bass Amp and you will have an awesome, high-quality set-up at an affordable price.

The Orange Crush Bass 25W Bass Guitar Combo Amp  is one of my favorites bass guitar amps. It is only 25W but the sound is clear and loud. It is a small, compact amp so fits well in smaller apartments or studios. The built-in tuner is very handy and it weighs only about 20 pounds making it easy to transport.

Fender Standard Jazz Electric Bass

Fender Standard Jazz Electric Bass Guitar

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The first bass guitar on our list is the famous Fender Jazz Bass. This is not just one of the best bass guitars for beginners, but also for advanced players. I can even say that the professionals can also use it.

Features:

  • Body: Alder
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Neck: Maple
  • Magnets: Standard J pickups

Ok, the first thing that you’ve noticed is definitely the price, so let’s talk about that. I know that the majority of beginners don’t plan to spend more than $600 on their first guitar; however, you should look at the whole picture. This is the Fender. Not its copy (like the Squier), but the actual Fender.

The truth is that the price of $625 for a Fender is actually very generous. How come that the price is so low? Well, this guitar is also known as the “MIM” Jazz Bass, which means “made in Mexico”. This is the main reason for its low price – it is built in Mexico.

The bass sounds amazing, practically as the Fender built in America. Its pickups and controls work great, so you can shape your tone in various ways. You can get that full and muddy sound and also that Jaco Pastorius-like high and sharp sound.

Another thing that amazed me about this bass is how playable and comfort it is. If you put a little thinner strings (which I advise you to do if you are a beginner), it will feel almost like you are playing the guitar, not the bass!

Not surprisingly, Fender did a great job with this one. If you have a little more than $600 to spend on the bass guitar, this is definitely the best bass guitar for beginners that you’ll find.  

Pros

  • Beautiful look
  • Perfect sound
  • Very easy to play

Cons

  • A little higher price

Fender Mustang PJ

Fender Mustang PJ Bass

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Here is the second Fender bass on our list. Like the previous one, it is not the Squier (Fender copy), but the original Fender (although made in Mexico). The interesting fact is that the original Mustang Fender was designed by Leo Fender himself! Due to its short scale (30 inches), it belonged to the “student line” of instruments.

Features:

  • Body: Ash
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Neck: Maple
  • Magnets: Vintage-style split single-coil Precision Bass in the middle, Vintage-style single-coil Jazz Bass in the bridge

So, as I’ve mentioned, this bass has shorter scale than the regular bass guitar (which is 34 inches). This Mustang has 30 inches scale and the “micro” bass at the beginning of our list has 28, 6 inches scale (just to make a comparison).

This is why I think this is a great bass guitar for beginners – it is somewhere in between the “micro” and the regular size bass, so it is a perfect way to start. Also, this is the excellent choice for guitar players who also play bass.

Great thing is that it has a three-way toggle, so you can activate each one of the magnets or both of them at the same time. This gives you a whole variety of sound that you can play with.

Great versatility in a small package. It does costs a little more than the rest of the models, but trust me, it’s worth it. If you don’t mind playing a bass with a short scale and have some extra money, this is a perfect beginner bass guitar for you.

Pros

  • Practical
  • Excellent sound
  • Very easy to play

Cons

  • No case
  • Higher price

ESP LTD D-4

ESP LTD D Series D-4 Electric Bass Guitar

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I’ve noticed that a lot of my students are into metal music. Moreover, I can say that the majority of musicians enjoy metal or, at least, rock music. This is why they often ask me to recommend them a bass guitar that is suitable for a heavier sound. This is why I decided to include this ESP LTD bass guitar on our list.

Features:

  • Body: Merbau
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Neck: 5-piece mahogany-maple
  • Magnets: ESP SB-4 humbuckers

This guitar is a real beauty. Its natural look and great wood make it one of the best looking bass guitars.

As you probably know, a lot of famous professional musicians use ESP guitars. This company formed a kind of a “brother company” that makes similar guitars but at a lower price, i.e. the LTD brand.

If you are into metal, this is the bass guitar you want! It has active electronics and dual humbuckers, so it is intended for heavy and aggressive stuff. Its tone is huge, clean, and powerful, with a lot of sustain. You can even control the level of the mids, bass, and treble with its 3-band EQ. Although it is primarily intended for more aggressive approach, the diversity of sound that you can get makes it perfect for virtually any music genre.

Cool thing is that its neck is pretty thin, so it is very comfortable for playing.

However, I should mention that this guitar might not be the best choice for beginners with small hands or for children (after all, it has 24 extra jumbo frets). 

This bass guitar is one of my favorites. It does cost more than $500, but once you start playing it, you’ll realize that it is completely worth it. Perfect look, amazing tone, easy to play.

Pros

  • Beautiful look
  • Excellent sound
  • Very easy to play

Cons

  • A little higher price

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