Brent Ward Music

Recommended Gear
for Beginners


SX Basses

These basses sell for under $120, and provide very good quality for the money.  They're made of wood that's normally found in more expensive basses and have a good reputation.  The electronics and hardware are decent; therefore, the instrument sounds good and stays in tune.  I own three of these basses; they sound good and are reliable enough that I also use them when playing with a band. 

SX basses are available in long (34") or short (30") scale, depending on the size of your hands.

You'll need to replace the strings, however, to get a better sound.  And the bass may need to set up so it plays well (adjust the truss rod in the neck and the saddles at the bridge).

Setups are $5 to my bass students.  A set of strings will cost between $15 and $20 from any music store or online at 
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Korg Tuner Chromatic Tuner CA-30

You need to make sure your bass plays in tune.   This tuner is highly rated by a lot of musicians, is accurate, easy to use, and reasonably priced.

 Eventually, you'll learn to get your bass in tune by ear, but at first, we recommend you use a tuner until your ability to hear the accuracy of your tuning develops.  This way you can get on with making music!

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Wittner MT-50 Metronome

You need a metronome to act as a "pretend drummer" when you're practicing.  The job of a bass player, next to the drummer, is to keep the time solid.   A metronome beeps in perfect time, and helps you figure out where you're speeding up, and where you're slowing down when you practice.

This particular metronome has a reputation for being very tough, and long-lasting.  It has basic features, but is all you need to play with good time.
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 Tempo Perfect Metronome Software
(Free Download)

This is a software metronome you download to your computer.  I found it quiet on my computer speaker, however, it's worth a try if you don't want to buy a physical metronome. 
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Practice Amplifiers

When you're starting out, you'll need something to amplify your bass so you can hear it.  For practicing, a small 10 or 15 watt amp will do. If you intend to play with a band, however, you'll need something more powerful -- like a 100 Watt amp.

 Peavey has always made good practice amplifiers, and is a brand a I often recommend.  Search on Peavey Practice Amps at Musicians Friend:
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