It’s not as likely that your child will want to make his first instrument a bass guitar, but it could happen, and it definitely might come as a second instrument for the teenager already playing a guitar and starting his first garage band. A few things to know when purchasing this new instrument are that this guitar will require a different amplifier than and electric guitar, and there are some packages out there that include the bass and the amp.
Bass guitars can be purchased through mass discount retailers, like Walmart, but if your child is already advanced with his music education, it would probably make sense to go to a true musical instrument retailer and spend a little more on something of greater quality. The quality of the amplifier could matter to your child, too. As children grow into music, they will become more aware of tonal quality. If the instrument doesn’t sound good, and the amp is a big part of that, then the instrument won’t get played. Therefore, start by checking out packages with a good music retailer.
Walking into an actual retail store and letting your child try a few bass guitars might be best, but if you’re wanting this to be a surprise Christmas gift, Peavey offers a package that includes the Peavey Zodiac SP4 bass guitar and a Peavey amplifier. If coolness matters to a kid, then “Peavey” blazed across the amp is the ultimate cool. Peavey is an incredibly rugged brand, too. It really withstands the wear and tear of constant usage. Many touring musicians prefer this brand because it is tough, easy to repair, and fairly inexpensive to maintain. The Peavey MAX Bass Stage Pack comes in at $260.00.
If that sounds like too much because you know your kid isn’t that dedicated, bass guitar packages are available at both music outlets and discount retailers for at little as $170.00. Just remember that you’re likely getting what you paid for. A less rugged, poor quality instrument with an amplifier that won’t sound as pleasing as an amp of Peavey’s quality. Also know that the strings on a bass guitar are going to be more expensive. The saving element here is that its really hard to break one, so that cost shouldn’t come up too often. Whatever your choice, consider yourself a hero parent for supporting your child’s music quest.