So you want to learn bass guitar huh? Let’s see if I can get you started…
This article lists a number of quality beginner bass guitars that are still reasonably priced and should give you a solid introduction to your new hobby. As a good rule of thumb, if you stick with big name brands it is hard to go too far wrong. If you are buying for a child or would prefer a smaller guitar, check out my post on 3/4 sized left handed guitars.
As a beginner there really isn’t a lot you need to ponder over. Seriously. Types of woods used, number of frets, types of tuners – these are really non-issues for now. Just buy something (preferably from the list below) that you like the looks of and dive in. But just before we start looking at the basses, there are a couple of things you might like to consider…
Number of Strings
Your traditional bass guitar will generally have 4 strings tuned EADG from low to high. Bass guitars are available with 5, 6 or even more strings, but if you are starting out it is generally recommended to begin with a 4-string model.
Long, Medium or Short Scale?
A standard 4-string bass generally has a 34 inch scale length (the distance between the nut and the bridge), however many other sizes are available. If you are a younger player you may find it easier to begin on a shorter scale length model (generally 30 inches or less) before graduating to a 34 inch or higher bass later on. Likewise, someone with smaller hands might find a short-scale bass easier to get on with.
There is a difference in tone between basses of different scale lengths, but at this early stage it isn’t going to be a big deal. If you decide to go for a smaller bass you can also check out my guide to 3/4 Size Left Handed Bass Guitars.
Here are a few great beginner bass models for the aspiring lefty bassist. Unless otherwise stated, these are all 4-string models. I have also listed their scale lengths in bold and provided links for current pricing and specifications. They are also listed in order of my own personal preference.
Popular Left Handed Bass Guitars Under $200
- Dean Edge 09 34 – link
- Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro 28.6 – link
- Rogue LX200B 34 – red blue
- Tanglewood Rebel 34 – link
Popular Left Handed Bass Guitars Under $300
- Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass Sunburst 34 – link
- Ibanez GSR200 34 – link
- ESP Ltd B50 34 – link
- Ibanez GSR205 5-String 34 – link
- Rogue VB100 Violin Bass 31 – link
- Stagg BC300 34 – natural or black
Popular Left Handed Bass Guitars Under $400
- Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass Natural 34 – link
- Ibanez SR300L 34 – link
- Hofner Violin Bass 31 – link
Neal Says: What would I recommend personally? For general all-round versatility, I would pick up one of the two Squier Vintage Modified Jazz basses. In fact – I did! I have the natural model hanging on the wall in front of me as I type this. These jazz basses are pretty much the go-to bass for new bass players, and great universally great reviews.
Alternatively, if you’d like something a little less traditional looking, my choice would be the GSR200L from Ibanez. Again, this is another bass that I have owned and can recommend personally. It’s well made, sounds great and will hold its value well due to the popularity of this bass amongst new players. The SR300L is an even better choice if you can stretch your budget that little bit further!
Part One : Tips Before You Buy
Part Two : Beginner Electric Guitars
Part Three : Beginner Acoustic Guitars
Part Four : Beginner Bass Guitars
Part Five : Amps
Part Six : Effects
Part Seven : Accessories
Part Eight : Lessons