Bass Equipment

Let's talk about the necessary "gear" for the bass guitarist. There is a wide variety of basses to choose from, and they range in price from very cheap to very expensive.

Bass Guitar

As you're just starting out, I would advise against buying anything too expensive; determine a price range that fits your budget and then visit a local guitar store to see what they have in stock. There is an additional benefit of doing this: You can test-drive different basses and see which one you like and which sounds best to you. Also, ask a sales representative if you can use a cord to plug into an amp.


This leads us to the another critical part of a bassist's equipment. While the style of the bass greatly determines the sound output, the amp can make a difference in the quality of the sound. At first, a small bass amp will suffice while you are learning to play. Some of the names to look for are Fender, Marshall, Yamaha, and Crate.


A guitar strap is another component for the aspiring bass player. In the event that your bass does not come with a strap, look for something strong and sturdy. It is veryimportant that the strap is properly fitted. If it's too short, you will be forced to contort your wrist in order to play certain frets, and this can lead to ligament damage. If the strap is too long, your posture will be negatively affected and you will have limited movement over the fretboard. Ideally, it should fit like this:
Proper Technique

Bass Case

For the most part, guitar stores will include a case with the purchase of a bass, but if not, look for a hard plastice case, not a gig bag, for your bass. This will protect it from dust when you're not playing your instrument and make it easier to transport.