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 left handed 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.
Best Beginner Left Handed Bass Guitars 2020
- Davison Left Handed Bass Beginner Package
- Ibanez GSR200B Left Handed Bass
- Squier Classic Vibe 60s Precision Bass Left Handed
- Lefty Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jazz Bass
These four are my current top picks for 2020! You’ll find out more about them below.
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. These are listed in order of price from lowest to highest, and I have also included links where you can purchase each bass.
1. Best Left Handed Bass Packages
If you want to get started as soon as possible, why not pick up a complete bass package? I highly recommend the versatile Davison pack shown above, which includes everything you’ll need to get started for a very low price. If you check out the link below, you’ll see that it has absolutely glowing customer reviews.
2. Ibanez GSR200B Left Handed Bass
If you’d like to put together your own rig, then your cheapest route is going to be via the trusty GSR200 from Ibanez. This was actually my first bass – in fact I’ve owned a couple of them! Although you’re lucky because they were only available in gloss black back then, whereas you now get this gorgeous satin walnut version!
Main features include a lightweight mahogany body, maple neck with jatoba fingerboard, two Ibanez singlecoil pickups, and volume, tone and EQ controls.
The video below will give you a quick demo of the black finish version of this bass.
3. Squier Classic Vibe Left Handed Basses
- Squier Classic Vibe 60s Precision Bass – click for info
- Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jazz Bass – click for info
The Classic Vibe series from Squier is one of my absolute favourite ranges of guitars. They form Squier’s flagship offering and can easily go toe to toe with their more expensive Fender brethren.
First up we have the Classic Vibe 60s Precision bass (top guitar), which you’ll win no prizes for guessing is modelled after a 1960s era P-Bass!
Main features of this Fender designed bass include a poplar body, maple neck with indian laurel fretboard, single split pickup, and volume/tone controls.
Check out the video below for a super in-depth overview of the right handed version.
For the same price as the 60s P-Bass you can also check out the Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jazz bass (bottom guitar).
Main features here include a poplar body, maple neck with maple fingerboard, 2 single-coil pickups, and master tone/volume controls.
Here’s a video that’ll give you an overview and sound samples.
Check both of these awesome basses out at the links above!
Precision Bass vs Jazz Bass
If you’re considering one of these two guitars you’re probably also wondering what the big difference between the two is!
The general consensus is that the powerful sound of a Precision bass is well suited to rock and metal music, whereas the cleaner tone of the Jazz bass means it is more likely to be found in a jazz, blues, or funk band. This is a good rule of thumb, but realistically as a beginner you just aren’t going to notice much of a difference, so don’t feel bad about choosing the one you prefer the looks of!
Next Up – Amps!
So now that you hopefully have selected your first bass you’ll probably want to check out part six below to pick out an amp to go with it.
Still have questions? Feel free to send me an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!
Part One : Tips Before You Buy
Part Two : Beginner Electric Guitars
Part Three : Beginner Acoustic Guitars
Part Four : Beginner Bass Guitars
Part Five : Beginner Classical Guitars
Part Six : Amps
Part Seven : Effects
Part Eight : Accessories
Part Nine : Lessons