Bass

Bass is an important element in most popular music, and sometimes a great groove can "make" a song! At PMT Online we offer a fantastic selection of hundreds of bass guitars, bass amps, effects, and accessories.

Bass is generally considered an easier-to-play instrument than guitar, but it's unfair to say it's less interesting: for every bass player of modest skills (such as the Sex Pistols' Sid Vicious) you can also name several outstanding and inspirational bass players like Paul McCartney, James Jamerson (of several Motown hits such as 'My Girl') and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

If you're a complete beginner, our Bass Guitar Buying Guide might be a useful read!

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LOOKING TO BUY A BASS GUITAR?

Whether you're a beginner looking for a cheap bass guitar or a professional looking for the best bass you can possibly afford, PMT has it!

On our website, you can find some of the best models by brands such as Fender, Gibson, MusicMan, and Rickenbacker, including the legendary Fender Precision Bass and Jazz Bass models, Gibson SG and Thunderbird models, MusicMan Stingray and the iconic and highly-desirable Rickenbacker 4003.

However, it's worth remembering that several brands such as Squier, Epiphone, and Ibanez also make very affordable, great-quality instruments.

For the players who are into "unplugged" performances, our selection of Acoustic Bass Guitars is pretty great, too, so check it out.

THE BEST BASS AMPS

Bass Amps are specially designed for bass instruments, and if you own a bass you shouldn't use a guitar amp! Whereas over the years some guitarists have opted to use bass amps with their electric guitars, the opposite is not recommended, if you want your bass to sound deep and powerful enough.

Some of the best brands include Ashdown, Aguilar, Laney, Orange, Darkglass, and Fender. If you plan to gig, you'll need at least 100 watts output from your bass, but if you're just playing at home or recording, a smaller and quieter bass will definitely be the best option - and will keep your family and neighbors happy!

FAQs

  • Is bass guitar easy to learn?

    Anybody who is willing to dedicate enough time and effort to practicing will be able to learn bass guitar. Whilst learning an instrument is never easy, the bass guitar is a great starting point for many musicians.
  • Do I need an amp with a bass guitar?

    If you have an electric bass guitar then you will need an amplifier to play it. If you have an acoustic bass guitar then this can be played without an amplifier.
  • What other accessories do I need for a bass guitar?

    Popular bass guitar accessories include cases, straps, and tuners.
  • What bass guitar is best for a beginner?

    Some of the best beginner bass guitars are made by Squier, Epiphone, and Ibanez. Look for something that suits your style, inspires you to play, and is comfortable.