Re: Good Ibanez bass for a beginner?
Dig around for something from the SR series - the ones with active electronics are very versatile and won't set you back much, especially second hand if you want to just get going. $200+ should get you sorted second hand and then up to $1800 for the fancy stuff off the shelf.
If you like the series the higher end ones are amazing. Tones to die for (good options on materials but not great), fast playable necks, good balance and again compared to the competition really good value.
I've been playing bass for years, even more so now due to arthritis, and got into the Ibz bass range with a Jet King. Recently spent ages looking around at high end alternatives and unless I want to spend $1000+ there's no real advantage for me - therefore it stays and I love it. Gets loads of gig action and never breaks sweat - or a string ;-)
Good alternatives are the Fender Squier Vintage Jazz models; great classic looks and again plenty versatile enough to do most things. For a bit more moolah try the Warwick Rockbass; good for the same reasons as listed above and too be honest would be good enough for most players requirements. As always, what you NEED and what you WANT will vary! Ask my long suffering wife..
I did spend 18 months playing a $40 precision copy (heaven know's who made it), set up well with a nice Semour Duncan pickup and loved every minute of it.
My choice would be the active SR or Squier for the recording and then save as much $$ for the most powerful, second hand, solid state, bass amp you can possibly afford/carry in case you like it and wanna play more. Got thoughts on this if you care for em'.
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