I want you to go to your smartphone or tablet, and go to your music (whether that be your own collection, through Spotify, or Apple Music). Now click on a song you love. I want you to zone out the singer in your mind and listen to the music in the background: the band. So many of us constantly focus on the singer that we forget what is backing them up.
Do you hear it? Does it sound new to you? Now try to zone in on the drums and the bass (if your song has these in the background). This might be a difficult task for people not used to listening to music this way, but still try! The drums and the bass are such an integral piece to any song. The bass guitar adds a certain depth and is a necessity for any band or orchestra.
For many, they view the bass as an easier version of a guitar. They see it only has 4 strings, not as many notes, and is “simple” to play. They are definitely wrong!
The bass guitar is a lot more challenging than it looks. It must keep in constant synchronization with the drums, maintaining the rhythm for the duration of the song.
Sometimes bassists must play at alarming speeds, skillfully moving their hands up and down their instrument in an invigorating way. It is exciting and takes years of practice to master, as with any instrument.
There are so many basses available on the market today that it is hard to know which ones are great, and which ones to stay away from. My goal is to help you find a brand that you will be satisfied with.
One of the brands on the market today is the Black Ibanez Acoustic Electric Bass Guitar. It comes at an affordable price and is available for purchase online/in stores.
The Black Ibanez Acoustic Electric Bass Guitar comes with a variety of features to meet your musical instrument needs. These features include:
- Can be played both acoustically or electrically
- 32” scale AEL body made of spruce
- The neck and back/sides are made of mahogany
- The top is made of spruce
- Chrome die-cast tuners—to help you keep in tune!
- Fishman Sonicore pickup
- Preamp with onboard tuner
- XLR outputs
- Rosewood bridge
- Fret board made of rosewood
- Measures 47” x 7” x 21”
- Weighs 9.4 pounds
- Abalone rossette
- Finish is very nice
- Amazing sound: very warm and “woody”
- Ability to both play acoustically and electrically is a huge bonus
- Tone sliders can allow for more of a jazzy sound
- Loud volume
- Great quality
- High-end look
- Neck is well intonated
- Strings rattle against the frets a bit
- Onboard tuner is just okay, sometimes inaccurate
- On board gain causes feedback when pushed too high
- Electronics are not perfect
As I mentioned before, buying a musical instrument is quite the investment. Prices range from under one hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars, so you have to be careful before you buy. Thar being said, I found the Black Ibanez Acoustic Electric Bass Guitar to be a great buy, and I highly recommend it.
First off, it has a fantastic price, especially for the quality you are getting. Now, I do have to say that the electronics on the board are nowhere near perfect, but they get the job done, and are great for a first-time musician.
Any guitar at this price will not have the state of the art electronics that are available on the high-end guitars, but this bass still plays and sounds great—which is more important.
The Black Ibanez Acoustic Electric Bass Guitar has a fantastic look and I actually enjoy the sound more when I am playing it acoustically. It is lightweight and easy to move from gig to gig.
The biggest piece of advice I can give to you is to always go in person to check out a bass guitar before you buy one. Instruments are all about personal preference and you won’t truly know if you want to buy a certain brand without holding it and playing it yourself. So, before you buy, go to your local music store and play the brand! Have a great time playing!