New Bass Guitar

19 November 2007

So I ordered a new bass guitar. I’ve played bass for quite a while, but when I decided to come to Germany for a while, it meant that I had to leave it and my drum set behind in the US. I’ve been missing both quite a lot, so I decided to go ahead and order a new bass to play while I’m here. Unfortunately, I can’t really have a drumset in my apartment, as it’s quite small and a drumset would be extremely noisy and obnoxious for the neighbors. Personally, I don’t want to be THAT guy.

The bass that I ordered is about as cheap as they come. I have a very nice 4-string bass by Traben back in the US (see the picture below), but since I’m only going to be here in Germany temporarily and only want something to practice with, I decided to buy a cheap one.

Traben Bass

I ended up actually buying a starter kit because it comes with all the basic stuff including a cheap practice amp. I know most people will laugh at that, but it seemed liked an financially smart decision. The bass itself is a 4 string bass from some unknown manufacturer (as scary as that is) and the amp is a very cheap 40-watt practice amp. The picture below is what was on the website.

Cheap Bass

The only thing that I expect from it is it to last until I got back to the US next July. Other than that, I really don’t have an expectations. I’m just mostly excited to be able to actually play an instrument regularly again.

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Alex Seifert
Alex is a developer, a drummer and an amateur historian. He enjoys being on the stage in front of a large crowd, but also sitting in a room alone, programming something or writing about history.

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  1. 20 November 2007 12:07 pm  link

    Yeah, Alex, I can see why you bought it!
    Where in Germany are you? I’ll be doing some shows there in the New Year

  2. 21 November 2007 1:19 am  link

    I’m actually in Oldenburg, which is near Bremen.
    That’s cool. What’s the name of your band?

  3. 21 November 2007 11:13 am  link

    Amongst others, I currently play with BC Sweet, formed by the late Brian Connolly. Pretty sure Ive gigged in Oldenburg. I’m doing a show at the Stadthalle in Essen on March 8th next year.

  4. 23 November 2007 11:37 pm  link

    Oh nice. I’ve only actually played in smaller local bands unfortunately. I’ve played both bass and drums.

  5. 27 November 2007 1:40 am  link

    I started out as a drummer, and I think it makes me a better bass player somehow…BTW, Im getting a “new” bass, that is to say, Ive researched and collected via the net new unused vintage parts to build a Dan Electro semi acoustic longhorn bass. (Steve Priest, Sweets original bassist played a longhorn) Im having it built in England. I thought about doing a post about its resurrection!

  6. 28 November 2007 2:07 am  link

    I think starting on drums is good for bass playing because it forces you to learn rhythm which is also very important when playing bass….
    That sounds really nice. I’m jealous now!

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