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Bass Guitars for Big Boys | A Christmas or Birthday Shopping Guide for Gals

Updated on March 12, 2011
Dean Upright Electric Bass All Photos ctsy
Dean Upright Electric Bass All Photos ctsy
Hofner Bass
Hofner Bass

Whether or not your Big Boy is your Huny or your son, if he plays Bass Guitar here are some nifty ideas for upgrading or expanding his rig. It is a great time right now to do so as there has been much deflation in the musical instrument industry so the prices right now are firesale hot.

I didn’t include any starter packs because if he is already a Bass player these are the next step forward. If he is a guitar player looking to expand his horizons then he will also appreciate the features a better quality instrument provides.

The Upright bass is a very cool version for the blues or jazz player. While the Fender Blue Asbory’s unusual shape with Fender quality is a crowd pleaser for the gigging player. The Dean Fretless opens whole new horizons for the coolest of the cool men in the band (Bass guys are always cool and above the drama). If your Big Boy wants to be famous one day you might want the Hofner Violin Series Bass; after all it’s the same style Paul McCartney played to fame and fortune with the Beatles. While the Fender Kingman Acoustic Electric can be played with or without Amplifier, and is a home recorders dream machine.


Here are a couple of Amp upgrades that your lad might find useful. Fender is a top name in amplifiers of all kinds, and this one is powerful enough for any stage venue. The Behringer workstation is a powerful amp for small venues or for home/garage band practice. The CD coupler is a great feature, allowing your player to play along with whatever genre he likes.

Fender Bassman 100 Combo Amp
Fender Bassman 100 Combo Amp
Behringer Workstation Amp
Behringer Workstation Amp

Bass Effects Pedals

Digitec Bp 80 Effects Pedal

Can’t really afford to upgrade the Amp or guitar? But want to do something special for his sound? This effects pedal is a great value and will provide your player with countless sound models that will bring some new life to his riffs.

Boss ME 20B

If you fella is a performer than this may be the pedal for him. It is Boss performance quality and has sound shaping features that a professional can really appreciate. Give him this and there will be lots o love. This is for an advanced player or performer.

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    • Hmrjmr1 profile image

      Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Thanks Tom! I'll bet it was a hoot with your good friends! Wish I could been there!

    • Tom Whitworth profile image

      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      My old band the Darvons all got together at my house yesterday for a renion for the first time since 1968, I'll forward your hub to my cousin Chris who was our bassist and he's in the market for a bass.

      Great Hub!!!!!