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Here are a few electric basses to consider at different prices. The focus here is on beginner and intermediate basses. You should play on the best bass you can.

Ibanez TMB100 Electric Bass Guitar Mint Green

Ibanez TMB100 Electric Bass Guitar Mint Green

My first suggestion for an affordable beginner bass that is easy to play (not discouraging!) is an Ibanez bass. This model has passive electronics. That means you can expect its tone will be more like what you hear on older recordings from the 60s and 70s. Though, rest assured, lots of modern players play passive basses. This is a great bass for the money. [For a starter bass with active electronics, see my other Ibanez suggestion.]

G&L Tribute L2000 Electric Bass Guitar 3-Tone Sunburst

G&L Tribute L2000 Electric Bass Guitar 3-Tone Sunburst

This is a great second bass (or a more expensive first bass). I've recommended it to a number of my students and they've all been happy with it. What I like about it is with the electronics on this bass you can access such a wide variety of bass tones. You won't get that without spending several hundred more. You should know it is a bit on the heavy side compared to, for example, an Ibanez.

Ibanez Gsr200 4-String Electric Bass Black

Ibanez Gsr200 4-String Electric Bass Black

I always recommend Ibanez basses to beginners. They're easy to play. They're not too heavy. The quality is consistent. They sound good, and they're affordable. This bass has active electronics which gives it a more modern bass tone like you've heard more and more in recordings since the 80s until today. It's hard to go wrong with this as your starter bass. [Alternately, see my other suggested Ibanez choice for a more old school tone.]

G&L L-2000 Electric Bass Guitar Tobacco Sunburst

G&L L-2000 Electric Bass Guitar Tobacco Sunburst

In the more expensive basses range (over 1500 USD), there are too many great basses to list. This G&L L-2000 (what the Tribute L-2000 is based on) is a great bass. G&L was Leo Fender's last company. Everything he knew about building instruments went into these designs. What you get here is a very well-built bass with a wide array of tones. For what you get, it's a steal. You should seriously consider this bass if you're spending this much.