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Beginner's Bass Guitar Guide
Ready to start playing electric bass? Find your first instrument here.

Picking out a bass setup can be a daunting experience for a first-time player. We've put together this guide to help you find everything you need, from entry-level basses and amps to must-have practice accessories. See More Beginner's Gear Guides
All-in-one Bass Kits
Outfit your first bass rig in one simple step: bass kits are the easiest, most convenient way to start learning how to play bass. Each of these all-in-one electric bass packs bundle a bass, an amp, and a selection of accessories into a single affordable package with everything you need to get started.

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Silvertone LB11 Electric Bass Package
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Electric Basses
If you want to build your own bass setup, we have a wide selection of affordable bass guitars that are great for beginners. While guitarists often start learning on acoustic guitars, most bassists go with an comfortable electric bass as their first axe. Offering versatile tones and easy playability, these beginner basses are an excellent value.

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Squier Bronco Electric Bass, Maple Fingerboard
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or 4 payments of $37.50
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Squier Affinity Jazz Electric Bass
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Yamaha TRBX174 Electric Bass
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Ibanez GSR200 Electric Bass
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Electric Bass Amplifiers
The next step in building your bass rig is to find the right amplifier to pair with your bass. These affordable bass amps pack plenty of punch, and include built-in headphone jacks for late-night practicing. See More Entry-level Bass Amplifiers »
Ampeg BA-108v2 Bass Combo Amplifier
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Peavey MAX 158 II Bass Combo Amplifier
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Cables, Tuners, and Picks: Must-Have Accessories
There are a few simple accessories that no budding bassist should be without. A reliable cable is essential to connect your bass to its amp. For new players, a simple tuner can save hours of agony while practicing. And while many bass traditionalists dismiss the use of picks, a pack of heavy-gauge picks can be extremely helpful for novice players.
Whirlwind EGC 20 Guitar Instrument Cable
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Korg GA40 Guitar and Bass Tuner
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Lock It Straps 2" Nylon Guitar Strap
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Fender 346 Shape Classic Celluloid Picks
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Bass Strings, Gig Bags, and More Useful Tools
Round out your bass setup with other useful tools and gear. Every bassist breaks a string from time to time, so it's always a good idea to have some extra packs lying around. A basic gig bag and guitar stand are great ways to help keep your bass in pristine condition.
On-Stage GS7462B A-Style Folding Guitar Stand
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World Tour Deluxe 20mm Bass Guitar Gig Bag
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Starter Series Beginning Bass Volume One Book and Video
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Need it now but short of cash? All we need is the first payment up front and the rest in easy monthly payments!

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No paperwork. Nothing to track.
No application to mail or fax, no bills to pay. We automatically charge the payments to your credit card.

We'll wait on your money so you don't have to wait for your gear!

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Why fight traffic and pushy salesmen when we'll bring your gear straight to your home, free of charge?

zZounds free shipping is really free!
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We have warehouses on both coasts, so most shipments arrive in 3 days or less.
We don't collect sales tax. Bonus!
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