Being a left handed bass player can seem like a curse. Right handed bassists have more selection and variety when finding instruments, not to mention the fact that most left handed basses cost quite a bit more to buy.
So how can you, the left handed bassist, find a good quality left handed bass without running your bank account dry?
Through our help, of course. Today we will be discussing the best recommended left handed basses for three individual types of player; the beginner, the novice, and the advanced player.
While these may be our most recommended basses, keep in mind that everything comes down to comfort. So long as you are comfortable, you will be able to play properly, and no amount of recommendation can change this. We suggest you try out any of these basses before purchase if possible, as basses aren’t a one size fits all instrument, and your personal comfort level may vary.
Our recommended left handed bass for you players on a budget is the Ibanez SR300. This bass has a nice five piece maple neck with a rosewood fret board, complete with a nice low, signature Ibanez styled short bolt on. The bass is light weight, and has three tones knobs to help you optimize your tone; balance, treble, and bass, with a single volume knob.
For stock pickups, the Ibanez EXF-4-F and EXF-4-R pickups have a nice warm, smooth tone with a bit of bite at the top. Ibanez is renowned for their necks, and this bass is no exception. The neck is nice and thin, which makes even the most intricate jazz runs easily accessible. The agathis wood body is resonant and light, so you won’t feel like you are carrying a bag of bricks around your neck.
Our recommended left handed bass for all of you players who want to enjoy a mid-level bass is the Schecter Stiletto Studio-4. This bass has phenomenal specs for the price, with a mahogany body, bubinga top, and a neck through multi laminate maple and walnut neck. This woods lend themselves extremely nicely not only to looks, but to resonance as well.
The EMG-HZ pickups have nice bite and low end, without being overly fuzzy and saturated. The thirty-four inch scale us perfect for tuning experimentation. The hardware is a nice satin gold, and the tuners are Grover tuners, which are this columnist’s personal favorites. This bass is definitely a huge step up in build quality and specification than the SR300.
Our recommended left handed bass for those of you with the cash and skill level to spare is the Music Man Bongo 4 HH. This bass has a bass wood body, and although bass wood gets a bad rap, the bass wood used by music man is extremely high quality. The neck is a selected maple neck, which means the maple isn’t just maple that is in stock; Music Man chooses which maple they are going to use for the specific neck.
The tuners are Schaller BM’s with tapered string posts, and the neck joint is sculpted, with an extremely low and stable five-bolt structure. With a four active band preamp and Neodymium pickups, this bass is meant for serious players
Now that you have your suggestions, it is your turn to see which category you fit under and try out each bass to see if they are right for you. Good luck! For a great bass guitar lesson course on DVD, you need to check out Teach Me Bass Guitar.
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