The Ultimate Bass Guitar Buying Guide

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The Ultimate Guide To Buying A Bass Guitar

Looking for the absolute best bass guitar? How will you know when you find it? Because the best bass guitar for you may not be the same as for anyone else, I have chosen five that are considered the best ones on the market. The ultimate choice is yours to make.

When you find the right one for you, it will

  • Feel right in your hands.
  • Give you the sound and feel that you can see before you ever start to play it.
  • Look as great as you can possibly imagine.

Musicians, who play all sorts of guitars, recommend that a beginner starts with a bass guitar. There are a few initial considerations that you need to address, whether you are a beginner or a Seasoned player wanting an upgrade.

Your budget

Always a first consideration is an amount that you want to spend on your bass guitar. The price range is fairly large, from $200,00 and something into the thousands. If you are a beginner, think of spending around $500.00 on your starting bass guitar.

Some professionals spend even less because they prefer the look, feel and sound of a less expensive one. An example is the Fender Mustang, listed later in this guide which the Rolling Stones use.

Should you want to spend more for a supreme bass guitar, you can go into the thousands of dollars and have one that will last you a lifetime, like a Stratocaster. It just depends on how much you want, and are able, to spend.

The type of Bass Guitar that is Best for You

First of all, check out the sound and see how you like it before you decide on your preferred type. There are 3 types:

  • Electric: The most common type of bass guitar out there, it is the one most people visualize when they think of a bass guitar. It has a solid, slim body. It needs a bass amplifier and will give you lots of versatility and power. Most bass guitarists prefer the electric bass guitar.
  • Acoustic: Great if you like the low strumming, natural feel in your bass guitar, the acoustic gives a very smooth sound. It has a large hollow body with a sound hole so that air and sound escape the bass guitar itself.
  • Acoustic Electric: It’s the best of both worlds, just as the name implies. It is less common than an electric or acoustic bass guitar, but the acoustic electric bass guitar gives its own special sound that some guitarists really like.

The String Count

The most common string count for bass guitars is four. It is highly recommended that a beginner starts with four strings. A four-stringed bass guitar covers most music styles and has a neck size that is smaller and easier to play than on five and six-stringed ones. For those of you who are more experienced players, you may want to jump up to a five or six-stringed bass guitar.

Five-stringed basses give another lower B option for a deeper tonal range. The necks are wider, and they are preferred by some jazz, metal and hard rock basses. Six-stringed models add not only the extra lower B but also high C and this means the neck is wider. Solo guitarists like this because it allows for more range, versatility, and creativity.

The Bass Scale

More advanced in terms of specifics, the bass scale involves the length between the nut, between the fretboard, and headstock as well as the bridge and the strings at the end of the body. For small hands, choose a short scale bass, near 30 inches. A long-scaled neck goes up to 35 inches for players with larger hands or those who want to play with more frets.

All considered, let’s take a look:

5 Of The Best Bass Guitars To Buy

The Fender Standard Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar

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Fender 4 String Standard Jazz Electric Bass Guitar-Fretless-PAU Ferro Fingerboard, Black (146213506

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Leo Fender, the designer of Fender guitars, was a machinist rather than a musician. If you own a Fender, you are a part of a community of Fender owners and lovers. Any well-known guitarist most likely owns a Fender. They have an amazing legacy and a tone that is all their own. There are truly famous models out there with that unique Fender tone. They are a pivotal company that helped shape the Rock n Roll hall of fame.

It is a Fender, and as such has that famous Fender quality and reliability. Guitarists love the neck shape of the Fender Standard Fretless Jazz Bass Guitar especially as it fits in your hand beautifully. Some features are as follows:

  • It is a four-stringed fretless electric bass guitar.
  • It has an Adler body which delivers balanced sound.
  • It has a great looking maple neck that is comfortable to hold and play.
  • It has a light and comfortable feel due to its offset waist body shape.
  • Its neck is narrow, playable and fast actioned.
  • It has a fretless rosewood fingerboard.
  • It supplies a wide range of beautiful brass sounds from two standard jazz bass single-coil pick-ups that add tonal versatility.
  • It also comes with vintage-style jazz bass control knobs which make for a crisp clean look.
  • It is the tried and true J Bass design with many player friendly updates.
  • The 2 V-shaped coil pickups blend vintage and modern tonalities.

The Fender Standard Fretless is priced at just under $1600.00, but, remember, it is a Fender, one of the top dogs in the guitar world. Most guitarists drool over this one. Hopefully, you can afford it, very possibly the best bass guitar ever created.

Ibanez AEB5E

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Ibanez AEB5EBK Acoustic Electric Bass Guitar, Black

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Although Japanese, Ibanez is popular, not just in Japan but all over the world. It is mainly a rock guitar made popular by Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Paul Gilbert. They were introduced in the USA in the 1960’s similar to Gibson and Fender copies. Then in the 1980s, they produced a more original design, based on the JEM Universal by Steve Vai. This version became one of the bestselling metal guitars from that time on.

The Ibanez AEB5E bass guitar has a great deal to offer for a very modest retail price. For just under $300.00, it gives your music a warm natural resonance that makes sounds come alive. It will lighten up any setting where you will be playing. It works for beginners or seasoned players. Some of its features include:

  • It features a 32” scale AEL body.
  • It has a smooth spruce top.
  • Its body is mahogany colored.
  • It has abalone rosette chrome die-cast tuners which give it an overall clean look and feel.
  • This model comes packed with an Ibanez piezo pickup and Ibanez AEQ-202T preamp with 2 band EQ and onboard tuners.
  • The tuners allow for fast and easy tuning and simple amplification.
  • Its sound is natural, like a “coffee-shop” sound.
  • It delivers good playability.
  • It is attractive,
  • It is very affordable.

For the price, the Ibanez AEB5E is a real steal. It produces a punchy low-end sound, whether or not it is amplified. With the acoustic touch, its abalone body and sides give this bass guitar a cozy warm tone in any setting.

Rogue LX200B

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Rogue LX205B 5-String Series III Electric Bass Guitar Metallic Blue

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Rogue guitars are a low-cost line of electric and acoustic instruments. Rogue guitars are made with maple and incorporate rosewood frfretboardsThey’re considered ideal for beginning guitarists because they provide an acceptable ratio of quality for the money.

Now this, the Rogue LX200B, looks like a traditional bass guitar with its black basswood cutaway body. It is friendly to your wallet too, as it is priced at just under $215.00. That is absolutely amazing for this fine bass guitar. Take a look at its features:

  • It has a shiny black basswood cutaway body.
  • It has a bolt-on maple neck.
  • Its fingerboard is made of rosewood and it is very user-friendly.
  • It has a high-mass adjustable saddle bridge.
  • It has a J style humbucker bridge pickup.
  • It has a second pickup which is a P-style split coil neck pickup.
  • It features a covered traditional-style split. It comes with 2 single-coil pickups, 2 volume and 2, tone controls.
  • It has a traditional bass look with a trendy design and finish.

The dual pickup setup allows you to capture a wider range of vibrations. This is very nice and gives you room to be very creative in your playing. With all of its features and a very low price, this is one of the best bass guitars out there right now.

Fender Mustang PJ

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Fender Mustang PJ Bass - Pau Ferro Fingerboard - Sonic Blue

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Any Fender guitar will be well made, sturdy, have a great sound and will look great. A favorite of the Rolling Stones, the Fender Mustang PJ is one of the best bass guitars that combines the hard-hitting tone of a precision bass with the soft touch of the jazz bass. It is reasonably priced at approximately $575.00. It features:

  • It is a 4 stringed electric bass.
  • It has an Adler body.
  • It has a maple neck that is “C” shaped.
  • Its fretboard is rosewood.
  • It has 2 single-coil pickups, a P-bass split single coil middle pickup and a J-bass single-coil bridge pickup.
  • It is smaller and has a shorter scale (30”) than the standard Fender Mustang-style body.
  • It has a short scale and is therefore comfortable for people with small hands or even for children.
  • The sound is rich and harmonic.

One of the more high-end bass guitars on the market, the Fender Mustang PJ also works well for a beginning bassist. It is an all-around electric bass guitar that will last a long time.

Fender Deluxe Active Precision Bass Special

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Fender Deluxe Active Precission Bass Special - Pau Ferro Fingerboard - Olympic...

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Fender again! Certainly. their name stands for the highest quality in all types of guitars. It is safe to say that nearly all professional guitarists own a Fender. The Fender Deluxe Active Precision Bass is no exception. Look here at some of its outstanding features:

  • Its fingerboard is maple.
  • It is beautiful in 3 color sunburst.
  • It contains a PJ pickup configuration, split-coil precision bass middle pickup and vintage noiseless jazz bass bridge pickup.
  • It has three-band EQ with treble, mid and bass boost/cut and active-passive switch.
  • Flipping the active switch is like plugging in a totally different instrument.
  • Its four saddle HiMass bridge increases the attack and sustains of all notes played.
  • Its neck plate is four bolt asymmetrical.

This is a high-end bass guitar priced at approximately $825.00 and it is one that you can play for a lifetime. Guitarists everywhere love its look and its comfortable feel. Its versatility and awesome features give you many varied tones and the opportunity for a lot of creativity.


You have here five best selling bass guitars. They are all super, but you must decide which will be best for you.
Remember the first things that you must consider:

  • What is your budget?
  • Which type of bass guitar is best for you electric, acoustic or acoustic electric?
  • How many strings do you want? There are 4 stringed, 5 stringed and 6 stringed bass guitars.
  • What bass scale do you desire?

The top five bass guitars that I have presented are as follows:

NameBest ForSpecial FeaturesPrice (approximate)
The Fender Standard Fretless Jazz Bass GuitarAnyoneIt has a great looking maple neck that is comfortable to hold and play.$1600.00
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Ibanez AEB5EIt works for beginners or seasoned players.This model comes packed with an Ibanez piezo pickup and Ibanez AEQ-202T preamp with 2 band EQ and onboard tuners.$300.00
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Rogue LX200BBeginners and seasoned playersThe dual pickup setup allows you to capture a wider range of vibrations.$215.00
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Fender Mustang PJBeginners and advanced PlayersIt combines the hard-hitting tone of a precision bass with the soft touch of a jazz bass.$575.00
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Fender Deluxe Active Precision Bass SpecialAnyoneIt is a high-end bass. It is one that you can play for a lifetime.$825.00
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When you find the right one for you, it will

  • Feel right in your hands.
  • Give you the sound and feel that you can
    see before you ever start to play it.
  • Look as great as you can possibly imagine.

Enjoy shopping, buying and then playing the best bass guitar that you can find for yourself.

Duke Taber

Duke Taber has been a Senior Pastor of various churches since 1988. Prior to that, he was involved in the Christian rock scene opening for such notables as Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill, Rez Band, and once played briefly with Darrel Mansfield. Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world. He is currently starting a brand new church in Mesquite NV called Mesquite Worship Center.