Best beginner bass guitars 2024: starter basses for beginners

Most of us will agree that learning an instrument is one of the most rewarding things you can do. We might be biased, but we believe the guitar is one of the most rewarding of them all… If you can get over the initial stinging fingers, it is a passion that is likely to stay with you for life. However, selecting a suitable introductory instrument can be a little bewildering, particularly in the world of the best beginner bass guitars. The options for budding bassists have never been greater! Since there is such a cornucopia of beginner basses guitars out there you’d be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.

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