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. FREE Next Day Delivery on items in stock and worth over £99, as usual, you can also Reserve & Collect any item from one of our PMT Stores nationwide!
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 beginner, our Bass Guitar Buying Guide might be a useful read!
Whether you're a beginner looking for a cheap bass guitar, or a professional looking for the best bass you can possibly afford, PMT have 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. But 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 please check it out!
Bass Amps are especially 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, Ampeg, Hartke, Laney, Orange, TC Electronic 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 neighbours happy!