Bass Guitar with jack cable, gig bag and 2 years warranty @ £105.98 with P&P from Gear4Music
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Bass Guitar with jack cable, gig bag and 2 years warranty @ £105.98 with P&P from Gear4Music

£105.98£125.98 16% Gear4music Deals
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Found 12th Dec 2017
Great price for a bass guitar with jack cable, gig bag and two years warranty. Get those christmas jingles going and entertain your friends / family for the festive season!

Bass Guitar £99 from Gear4Music. (£5.99 postage)

Includes 2 year warranty & 30 day money back guarantee

Chicago 5 String Bass Guitar by Gear4music, Black

Includes Jack Cable and Gig Bag

Ergonomic Design With Wide Cutaways

1 Single Coil & 1 Split Coil Pickup

Lightweight Solid Paulownia Body

Gloss Black Finish

The

Chicago 5 String Bass Guitar by Gear4music in Black offers a

professional tone matched with a lightweight and ergonomic body for

maximum playability. With its solid Paulownia body, this instrument

produces a warm, rounded tone with plenty of sustain and potential to

shape a trademark sound. A gig bag is also included with this bass

guitar.

Top comments

A boy came home from his first bass lesson. His dad asked him how it went. "Today we learned the E string."

The boy came home from his second lesson and dad asked him how it went. "Today we learned the A string."

The boy came home from his third lesson. Dad asked, "So did you learn the D string today?"

"Nope. Today I had a gig."

Cheap instruments are a false economy, they tend to be heavy, harder to play due to rough frets and hard to stay tuned.

Its easier to learn on a good branded one, they start at like twice this price.
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I do love a 5 string Bass, I am curious how this would sound, I am sure it would be great for learning on.

Cheap instruments are a false economy, they tend to be heavy, harder to play due to rough frets and hard to stay tuned.

Its easier to learn on a good branded one, they start at like twice this price.

£106 amazing. A set of decent strings for a 5 string cost £20-£25!

if you know someone who can do. A set up for cheap or as a favour then this might work out well. A minor pentatonic on this is the same as a minor pentatonic on any 5 string

Looks quite similar (though with an extra string) to my ibanez bass. If you want a decent bass guitar that is easy to play, sounds good and quality enough that even after people 'get good' they still enjoy playing it then the ibanez gsr190 is definitely worth it.

Jack Cable, is that Vince's brother?

Bass, how low can you go?

Felicitous6 h, 56 m ago

I do love a 5 string Bass, I am curious how this would sound, I am sure it …I do love a 5 string Bass, I am curious how this would sound, I am sure it would be great for learning on.


If you live in or near York these guys have a huge store so you can try

you_gotta_be_kidding1 m ago

If you live in or near York these guys have a huge store so you can try


not at all close but thanks for the info

A boy came home from his first bass lesson. His dad asked him how it went. "Today we learned the E string."

The boy came home from his second lesson and dad asked him how it went. "Today we learned the A string."

The boy came home from his third lesson. Dad asked, "So did you learn the D string today?"

"Nope. Today I had a gig."

77andyb50 m ago

A boy came home from his first bass lesson. His dad asked him how it went. …A boy came home from his first bass lesson. His dad asked him how it went. "Today we learned the E string." The boy came home from his second lesson and dad asked him how it went. "Today we learned the A string."The boy came home from his third lesson. Dad asked, "So did you learn the D string today?""Nope. Today I had a gig."


Spoken like a true guitarist haha

Not a bad deal for an entry 5 string but would benefit from setting up by someone as I can imagine the action will be quite high

Segata-Sanshiro3 h, 56 m ago

Cheap instruments are a false economy, they tend to be heavy, harder to …Cheap instruments are a false economy, they tend to be heavy, harder to play due to rough frets and hard to stay tuned.Its easier to learn on a good branded one, they start at like twice this price.



That may be true, but many great musicians have started out on a cheap instrument.

Probably less of a false economy if you give up learning after a few weeks anyway.

Necrotix4 m ago

That may be true, but many great musicians have started out on a cheap …That may be true, but many great musicians have started out on a cheap instrument.Probably less of a false economy if you give up learning after a few weeks anyway.


But even more have given up with a cheap instrument then succeeded dispite one.

Including me, the encore my parents got me put me off for years, such a massive difference between that pile of poop and the Epiphone i got many years later and the Washburn after that
Edited by: "Segata-Sanshiro" 12th Dec 2017

Cheap/value for money instrument better than no instrument at all. If it gives someone a start that they may not have been otherwise able to afford then serves a purpose.

MrDre19 m ago

Spoken like a true guitarist hahaNot a bad deal for an entry 5 string but …Spoken like a true guitarist hahaNot a bad deal for an entry 5 string but would benefit from setting up by someone as I can imagine the action will be quite high


I'm actually a bass player! I do "play" guitar, in that I have been strumming away for over 20 years now, but stubby fingers and lack of dexterity meant I never progressed into doing lead guitar stuff with any success, been playing bass in a band for a good few years now. Frankly I enjoy the challenge of trying to be inventive in my playing where it enhances the songs, but one underrated skill of a bass player in my opinion is to know when a song just needs a boring (to play) simple, plodding, root bassline. Sacrificing enjoyment of playing for the greater good of the song! Made the mistake of buying a £99 bass from Argos many years ago, mainly for 4 track recording. you're right, the action was high, it needed tuning every 10 minutes. I knew nothing about 'setting up' guitars back then!

What made me give up with the encore starter set from argos, i couldn't tell you at the time as i had nothing to compare it too it was just too difficult.

After getting my Epiphone g400 in 2003 i think or 2004 i could then explain.
The encore was heavy, the frets were sharp, the neck narrow, the strings high and it was like pressing down on cheese wire, it also went out of tune if you looked at it.

The Epiphone was very light in comparison, the neck wider which made it easier to hold strings individually, the frets where not sharp, it stayed in tune for months, the strings lower and had more give once tuned so not cheese wire.

I had a £99 fake Stratocaster i got after the g400 and that wasn't any better then the encore other then not being as heavy, it had the same problems of simply being hard to get a clear note out of.

Technically you can make a electric guitar out of anything pretty much, plenty of youtube vids of people sticking a couple of pick ups and 2 or more strings to a piece of wood, I'd say if your really poor you'd be better off making one thats basic its cheapest of all and you can decide on how its going to be and change it if its uncomfortable.

My first guitar was a Gear4Music strat starter pack about 10-11 years ago.. the high e string sounded like a sitar! A friend ended up writing 'Fendar' on the headstock to drive the point home that it was a bit crap...

This is still a potentially good deal in the right hands, but needs a once over by someone in know - as others have said/implied, just handing a low end guitar or bass to a new learner without any support/advice/set up is a false economy and, more often than not, going to put them off - it's just not fun playing an instrument that's fighting against you.

This is probably better for someone who can already play and fancies a project.
Edited by: "andreprashad" 12th Dec 2017

Would not recommend this bass. It's garbage. Do yourself (or your kid) a favour and buy a used Yamaha, Ibanez, or Squier for the same money and you will get something infinitely more playable.

Segata-Sanshiro47 m ago

What made me give up with the encore starter set from argos, i couldn't …What made me give up with the encore starter set from argos, i couldn't tell you at the time as i had nothing to compare it too it was just too difficult.After getting my Epiphone g400 in 2003 i think or 2004 i could then explain.The encore was heavy, the frets were sharp, the neck narrow, the strings high and it was like pressing down on cheese wire, it also went out of tune if you looked at it.The Epiphone was very light in comparison, the neck wider which made it easier to hold strings individually, the frets where not sharp, it stayed in tune for months, the strings lower and had more give once tuned so not cheese wire.I had a £99 fake Stratocaster i got after the g400 and that wasn't any better then the encore other then not being as heavy, it had the same problems of simply being hard to get a clear note out of. Technically you can make a electric guitar out of anything pretty much, plenty of youtube vids of people sticking a couple of pick ups and 2 or more strings to a piece of wood, I'd say if your really poor you'd be better off making one thats basic its cheapest of all and you can decide on how its going to be and change it if its uncomfortable.


Most budget instruments are great these days, I've had the pleasure of a few Harley Bentons recently and they are better than all of the alternatives at that price range by a considerable distance. We've moved far from the days of 2003 and Encore being one of the only choices!

I'd go for something like this if I was after a 5 string:

m.thomann.de/gb/…854

77andyb1 h, 24 m ago

I'm actually a bass player! I do "play" guitar, in that I have …I'm actually a bass player! I do "play" guitar, in that I have been strumming away for over 20 years now, but stubby fingers and lack of dexterity meant I never progressed into doing lead guitar stuff with any success, been playing bass in a band for a good few years now. Frankly I enjoy the challenge of trying to be inventive in my playing where it enhances the songs, but one underrated skill of a bass player in my opinion is to know when a song just needs a boring (to play) simple, plodding, root bassline. Sacrificing enjoyment of playing for the greater good of the song! Made the mistake of buying a £99 bass from Argos many years ago, mainly for 4 track recording. you're right, the action was high, it needed tuning every 10 minutes. I knew nothing about 'setting up' guitars back then!


I'm in a band too, bass player and feel your pain. So glad when I upgraded my setup.
I have an Ibanez SR1200 and its beautiful, light and easy to play.
TC Electronic RH750 with a 2x12 and 2x10 cab.
Overkill hahaha

I learned to play on a bass guitar that I bought in some ropey shop in Tooting Bec for £35 back in the day. It was pretty much the worst instrument I've ever played but I think it helped me to become the player I am now.

I bet this bass is a million times better than that POS.

Five strings though? Yuck!

I do wonder what these are like, I have an entry Yamaha and it's a great starter bass with a fabulous neck, but I was looking at gear4music as they have a cheap fretless and I fancy giving it a try without committing lots of money.

Also, the 3/4 size Gear4music guitar I bought my son is great and well set up providing you remove the whammy bar and not use it

Speaking as a 25 year bass player here. I've had a few things from G4M and I can recommend them. Never had a bass, but got a really good electro acoustic once for around this price, which I've gigged with. If you don't expect magic for £100 you can't go wrong, especially to learn on.
Also, if you're thinking of learning/getting this for the kids, It is infinitely more important to get a good amp, when the time comes. A good amp will make a cheap guitar sound good, a cheap amp will make a £1000 guitar sound terrible.

Original Poster

I'm not great at playing the guitar, if I brought a cheap one my guitar would sound very amateur however if I was to buy a £1,000 guitar and play on that I would sound... still very amateur

I hear a lot of comments about guitars "action was too high", "sounded out of tune", "rattley sitar strings", sharp fret ends.

One word (or maybe it's two words)

SETUP !!!

Even expensive guitars benefit from a setup.

If you are good with your hands look up how to do it on YouTube. If you are not confident then maybe you know an experienced guitarist that can help, otherwise budget around £75 upwards for a proper setup.

Shops that offer to setup as part of the deal usually just do neck relief to stop any buzz and then tweak the intonation. That's a £25 job with a tech, or 15 minute DIY.

First thing I do with any new guitar is take it to my trusted tech with some new strings and get a set up.

In the last few years the budget guitar market has really jumped forward in quality. The complaints of a few years ago are not always valid as they used to be.

Necrotix3 h, 8 m ago

That may be true, but many great musicians have started out on a cheap …That may be true, but many great musicians have started out on a cheap instrument.Probably less of a false economy if you give up learning after a few weeks anyway.


I think you can easily buy a nice,branded one in very good used condition with this money.
always beats buying a cheap,low quality new one.

I started at 14 on a no name dog awfull Led Paul copy....looking back it was dreadful, but I loved it.

I then progressed to now owning a Gibson Les Paul custom shop. We all have to start somewhere.

If your going to spend £150 then personally I would advise getting a second hand Bass of a better make. It may not be cosmetically great and will be second hand, but it will be a better instrument and potentially more rewarding to play.

My first guitar was a whopping £400 and a waste of money as I stopped playing after a year or two... so yeah buy something cheap but decent.

alweekes3 h, 51 m ago

I do wonder what these are like, I have an entry Yamaha and it's a great …I do wonder what these are like, I have an entry Yamaha and it's a great starter bass with a fabulous neck, but I was looking at gear4music as they have a cheap fretless and I fancy giving it a try without committing lots of money.


Can you not find out who's making the things for them? Thats the clincher I'm not saying cheap guitars are not good, my lovely lead one was only twice the price of this bass although it was in a sale at peter cooks but it was still a cheap guitar too made in Korea, but at that price with stuff chucked in I'm going to question the quality of it, a lot of excellent instruments come out of china and the like but what are you really going to get for like £70 on its own

androoski3 h, 21 m ago

I hear a lot of comments about guitars "action was too high", "sounded out …I hear a lot of comments about guitars "action was too high", "sounded out of tune", "rattley sitar strings", sharp fret ends. One word (or maybe it's two words) SETUP !!! Even expensive guitars benefit from a setup. If you are good with your hands look up how to do it on YouTube. If you are not confident then maybe you know an experienced guitarist that can help, otherwise budget around £75 upwards for a proper setup. Shops that offer to setup as part of the deal usually just do neck relief to stop any buzz and then tweak the intonation. That's a £25 job with a tech, or 15 minute DIY. First thing I do with any new guitar is take it to my trusted tech with some new strings and get a set up. In the last few years the budget guitar market has really jumped forward in quality. The complaints of a few years ago are not always valid as they used to be.


Mine (second one i don't even count the encore) was set up by the guy in the shop so that inho makes it worth going to a shop, he gave it a test for me too so i could see what it sounded like.


If i was to buy a first guitar again I'd get a backpakers one, it does the job, you can just pick up and play without having the faff of plugging in, and its not too loud and small too

If you're looking for a cheap bass for someone to learn on, you can do worse than checking your local second hand shops / cash converters. You tend to find more guitars than basses, but you might be lucky.

Whether you buy this or another bass, good stocking fillers to go with it are the Vox Headphone amp and a snark clip on tuner.

Cash converters are very high priced for what they sell, I've never gone in to see if it's possible to haggle but you would have to have no idea of the value of a guitar to pay what they put on their price labels in their window display.

About £100 over the going price for a used Mexican Fender Strat I saw at the weekend.

Factories in the far east that make the branded guitars also make the unbranded .unknown brand ones. Cort, Samick, WMI etc. South Korea have always been a source of some good instruments but mmore recently China has upped their quality. I've been amazed at some that I've seen lately. I still have a cheapo Hondo from the 80s and it has awful electricsl, and flexes really easy (I still love it), but the new cheapo stuff now is 10 times better.

Years of experience teaches you to buy good second hand, instead of cheap and new. Unfortunately, you need years of experience to make the right choice when buying 'good second hand'.
Edited by: "NargUk" 13th Dec 2017

androoski23 h, 4 m ago

Cash converters are very high priced for what they sell, I've never gone …Cash converters are very high priced for what they sell, I've never gone in to see if it's possible to haggle but you would have to have no idea of the value of a guitar to pay what they put on their price labels in their window display. About £100 over the going price for a used Mexican Fender Strat I saw at the weekend. Factories in the far east that make the branded guitars also make the unbranded .unknown brand ones. Cort, Samick, WMI etc. South Korea have always been a source of some good instruments but mmore recently China has upped their quality. I've been amazed at some that I've seen lately. I still have a cheapo Hondo from the 80s and it has awful electricsl, and flexes really easy (I still love it), but the new cheapo stuff now is 10 times better.


Not always. I got an ‘as new’ boxed surf green 2016 Squier Strat there for £65 only last week. I saw a Fender USA Strat with a few dings and such for £130 on the online store a couple of months back. I wasn’t quick enough off the mark for that one though :cry:

Moshards1 h, 21 m ago

Not always. I got an ‘as new’ boxed surf green 2016 Squier Strat there for …Not always. I got an ‘as new’ boxed surf green 2016 Squier Strat there for £65 only last week. I saw a Fender USA Strat with a few dings and such for £130 on the online store a couple of months back. I wasn’t quick enough off the mark for that one though :cry:


They made a real mistake with that USA Strat then. Squier by Fender Strat or Bullet is about right at £60, patience on Ebay will get them for 40-50 quid.

I can't get how they can ask £399 for a Mexi strat of unspecified year:
cashconverters.co.uk/sho…496

when they are £34 more brand spanking new:
bax-shop.co.uk/ele…-mn

I could really use a bassist.

Segata-Sanshiro12th Dec

Cheap instruments are a false economy, they tend to be heavy, harder to …Cheap instruments are a false economy, they tend to be heavy, harder to play due to rough frets and hard to stay tuned.Its easier to learn on a good branded one, they start at like twice this price.



A valid point, but then a large number of kids pick these up and discard them a relatively short time later. Think this is better until they are sure what they want. My first guitar was on paper a piece of crap - a £100 second hand 'Starforce' made of plywood from the 1980s, but it actually has a better sound than some of the professional gutiars I have now. You often find that many of today's guitarist actually favour reissues of what were low budget guitars fromt he 1960s - Jack White for one.

NeighbourhoodSpiderman14th Dec

I could really use a bassist.



I think you will find that no bass player is supplied with this offer.

Saw level 42 a while back, Mark King is a legend
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