Admin wrote:Which electric bass guitar (used or new) would you recommend for a 12 year old (currently plays violin [intermediate] and stand-up bass [beginner])?
Fender Mustang, partially because they are short-scale.
I do recommend a short scale bass for a kid. I remember my first bass was a gorgeous Gibson Flying V short scale with a blue marble looking finish. I'm such an ass for selling it when moving to a normally sized Fender Jazz.
One thing I always recommend and especially on bass since the strings are so thick is a super low string action. I set mine on all basses to 1mm at the highest fret (20th or 24th, whatever bass it is --- measured between top of fret and bottom of string), across all strings, and if I can get them to basically lay flat on the frets, that's even better. That helps tremendously with my technique and the shredder speed I go for. On many cheap basses you can't really do that, but you can take it to a music store and ask for a good luthier and he will do some magic on it and get the strings really low. I don't use hand muscles when playing at all, which increases my ease and of course the speed, not to mention protects from tendon damage. I gently lay my finger down on the fret, that's all. Maybe not as important for players who stick with simple lines (and prefer higher action), but if you want technique and ease, then a good setup is important. It's nice when you don't have to worry about fighting the strings and just concentrate on playing.
If you want a bunch of pros to help you more, go ask here. A lot of nice people and always willing to help.
I guess you can make a thread in the bass section or search if a topic already exists.http://www.talkbass.com/forum/