How do I pick a good bass guitar? 

  • Pay the most you can for the bass 
  • Play the bass, and see how it feels under your fingers 
  • I suggest that you get a fretted bass before a fretless 
  • Decide beforehand if you want passive or active pickups 
  • Bolt-on neck give you the option to replace the neck, through-neck basses have more sustain 
  • Solid body basses are more common, semi-hollow body basses give a more acoustic sound 
  • Go for a 4-string first and then update to 5, or 6 string instruments, when needed 
  • Try short scale basses if you are a younger player