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Best Bass Guitars


Here at MusicStreet UK we offer a good selection of bass guitars from the some of the worlds finest manufacturers including Fender, MusicMan, Duesenburg, Ibanez, Squier and more.

As well as new bass guitars for beginners, we offer a selection of used quality pre-loved basses, to suit everybody's pocket! All of our guitars at MusicStreet UK are hand selected by our team and come to you fully checked, with a full setup to your exacting requirements and ready for you to play straight from the packaging. We are not "box shifters" and pride ourselves on making sure that each and every customer is happy with their new purchase and have no unexpected surprise when your new guitar arrives.
musicman bass
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rickenbacker bass
Rickenbacker Bass
sandberg bass
squier bass
yamaha bass
Yamaha Bass

What is a bass guitar?

The bass guitar is a musical instrument similar to an electric guitar but with a lower sound. It typically has four thicker strings, which produce deep tones. The bass guitar is important in a band because it helps keep the rhythm and supports the harmony. Players use techniques like plucking or slapping the strings to make different sounds. Although it doesn't usually stand out like the main guitar, the bass is vital for the overall feel of the music. It's used in many types of music, including rock, jazz, and pop, adding depth and richness to the songs.

Why Choose a Bass Guitar?

Choosing a bass guitar can be a great decision for someone who wants to help shape the foundation of a band's sound. The bass guitar creates deep, good tones that support and connect the music's harmony and rhythm. It's the backbone that keeps the beat steady and the tunes together. Bass players often enjoy being the key part of a group that others rely on to carry the song. It's less about being in the spotlight and more about adding power and depth to the music. Plus, learning to play the bass can be easier for beginners than other instruments because you can start with basic lines and still make a big impact on the overall sound.

How to choose a bass guitar?

Choosing a bass guitar can be exciting, but it's important to consider a few key points to make the right choice. Here are some simple steps to help you:

  1. Budget: Decide how much money you can spend on a bass guitar. This helps narrow down your options to what you can afford. If you are on a tight budget, you can also explore used bass guitars.
  2. Music Style: Think about the type of music you want to play. Different bass guitars are better for different music styles, like rock, jazz or funk
  3. String Count: Choose how many strings you want on your bass. Most start with 4 string bass guitars, but more strings can offer extended range.
  4. Body Shape and Weight: Find a bass that feels comfortable to hold and play. The shape and weight affect how it feels in your hands.
  5. Playability: When you try a bass guitar, make sure it's easy and comfortable to play. You should enjoy playing it for a long time. You can try your hand by visiting the Musicstreet Store – the best bass guitar shop located in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, UK.
  6. Pickups and Wood: Pickups affect the sound, so choose between single-coil or humbucker. Also, check if the wood is good quality.
  7. Scale Length: Decide if you want a shorter or longer neck on your bass. This changes how it sounds and feels. Short scale basses are more compact, while long scale basses offer more range.
  8. Reviews and Brand: Look at what other people say about the bass you like. Trusted brands often make good bass guitars. We offer the best of brands. Call us & our experts will guide you to buy bass guitar online that is best for you.
  9. Accessories: Remember to budget for bass guitar instruments like an bass amplifier, guitar cables, a strap along with straplocks to hold it, and a case to protect it.
  10. Trust Your Ears: In the end, go for the bass guitar that sounds the best to you. The sound is the most important factor. Your ears know what you like!



Bass Guitar

Electric Guitar

Acoustic Guitar


4 usually (5 or 6 sometimes)



Sound Production

Needs an amplifier for sound

Needs an amplifier for sound

Makes sound on its own, no amplifier needed

Body Type

Solid, sometimes semi-hollow

Solid, semi-hollow, or hollow

Hollow with a soundhole


Lower notes (E1-A1-D2-G2)

Standard higher notes (E2-A2-D3-G3-B3-E4)

Standard higher notes (E2-A2-D3-G3-B3-E4)

Playing Style

Plucking with fingers or a pick

Played with a pick, sometimes fingers

Strummed or picked, with or without a pick

Sound Type

Deep and low tones

Wide range of sounds, can use effects

Natural, warm sound

Volume Control

Adjustable with an amplifier

Adjustable with an amplifier

Depends on how you play it


Needs an amplifier, less portable

Needs an amplifier, less portable

More portable, doesn't need extra equipment

Music Use

Rhythm and background in bands

Lead, melodies, solos in many music styles

Rhythm, melody, often in folk and country music

String Thickness

Thickest strings

Thinner than bass guitar

Thinner than bass, steel or nylon strings

  • Strings: Bass guitars usually have 4 strings, while electric and acoustic guitars typically have 6.
  • Sound Production: Bass and electric guitars need amplifiers to be heard, while acoustic guitars don't.
  • Body Type: Bass guitars are often solid, electric guitars vary, and acoustic guitars have a hollow body.
  • Tuning: Bass guitars are tuned to lower notes, while electric and acoustic guitars have higher notes.
  • Playing Style: Bass guitars are plucked, electric guitars are played with a pick or fingers, and acoustic guitars are strummed or picked.
  • Sound Type: Bass guitars produce deep tones, electric guitars have a wide sound range, and acoustic guitars have a warm sound.
  • Volume Control: Volume on bass and electric guitars can be adjusted with amplifiers, while acoustic guitars depend on playing style.
  • Portability: Bass and electric guitars are less portable due to amplifiers, while acoustic guitars are more portable.
  • Music Use: Bass guitars are used for rhythm, electric guitars for lead parts, and acoustic guitars for rhythm and melody.
  • String Thickness: Bass strings are the thickest, electric guitar strings are thinner, and acoustic guitar strings vary in thickness.
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At MusicStreet, we understand the importance of finding the right bass guitar to enhance your playing experience. That's why we have curated a collection of top-notch bass guitars that are designed for optimal performance and durability. 

Explore our wide selection of guitars at Musicstreet Store to enhance your music experience. We offer a variety of collections like the trendy black bass guitars, custom bass guitars, etc. Our expert team is here to assist you in choosing the perfect bass guitar, along with essential guitar accessories such as strings, picks, capos, tuners, and guitar care items. Whether you're looking for a smooth-sounding acoustic guitar or a sharp electric guitar, we offer a variety for every musician. Visit Musicstreet Store for the top-rated bass guitars in UK.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which bass guitar is suitable for beginners?

For beginners, a four-string bass guitar is often the best choice. Brands like Fender Squier Basses and Yamaha offer affordable and beginner-friendly options. These basses are easy to learn on and provide a solid foundation for playing.

How many strings does a bass guitar have?

A bass guitar typically has four strings, but some basses can have five or six strings for a wider range of notes and tones. Most beginners start with a four-string bass, and it's a good choice to learn the basics of playing the instrument.

Is it difficult to learn a bass guitar?

Learning to play the bass guitar can be challenging at first, but it's not too difficult with practice and patience. Starting with basic techniques and songs makes it easier to build skills gradually. With dedication, you can become a proficient bass player over time.

What is a good price for a bass guitar?

A bass guitar's price ranges from £150 to £2000 or even more. For beginners, you can find various decent options. At Musicstreet Store, you can purchase bass guitars suitable for everyone, from beginners to professional guitar players. The price also depends on the brand, quality, and features. It's important to find a electric bass guitar that fits your budget and also fulfills your playing needs.

Can you play a bass guitar without an amp?

Yes, you can play a bass guitar without an amp. The sound will be quieter and less pronounced than with an amp, but you can still hear the notes and practice effectively.

What are the qualities of a good bass guitar?

Qualities of a good bass guitar include:
Durability: Well-built and able to withstand regular use.
Comfortable Playability: Easy to hold and play, with a smooth neck.
Good Sound Quality: Produces clear, rich tones.
Stable Tuning: Stays in tune for a long time.
Balanced Weight: Comfortable to hold, not too heavy or light.

Are bass guitars suitable for playing classical music?

While bass guitars are not traditionally used in classical music, which often features orchestral double basses or Classical guitars, they can be incorporated into modern classical compositions or arrangements. The bass guitar's versatility allows it to adapt to a wide range of musical styles, including contemporary classical pieces where a more modern sound is desired.

What are the best bass guitar brands that we offer?

At Musicstreet Store, we're happy to have a great variety of really good & cool bass guitars that are great for any musician. Our collection has many different kinds of guitars like:

  1. Ibanez Bass Guitars: Known for their versatility and innovative designs suitable for various music genres.
  2. Aria Bass Guitars: Offers good quality and affordability, ideal for both beginners and seasoned players.
  3. Fender Bass Guitars: Iconic in the music world, these basses are famous for their classic sound and enduring quality.
  4. Musicman Bass Guitars: Known for high-end craftsmanship and unique tones loved by professionals.
  5. Duesenberg Bass: This is a special kind of bass guitar that looks unique and sounds really good.
  6. Gretsch Bass Guitars: These bass guitars have an old-fashioned retro style and a deep, rich sound.
  7. Rickenbacker Bass: This bass guitar has a special deep rumbling sound that lasts a long time. It's a favourite among very famous musicians.
  8. Yamaha Bass Guitars: Well-appreciated for their consistent quality, playability, and value for money.