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5 Most Expensive Bass Guitar Brands

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When it comes to electric and acoustic guitars, you’ve got Fender, Gibson, Martin and Taylor standing on top. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most expensive bass guitar brands out there.

Rickenbacker

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Rickenbacker supplied The Beatles their instruments when they took the music world by storm. Today, Rickenbacker bass guitars are among the best and most expensive basses out there.

Rickenbacker basses are known for their Rick-O-Sound, and two output jacks on the guitar. If you want one, you’ll need at least $2000.

But you can’t deny the quality sound coming from this bad boy. Rickenbacker has a wide range of bass guitar models ranging from the 4003SW all the way to the 4004Cii Cheyenne. Most of their bass products are made with solid body type, 20 frets, combi tailpiece, combi bridge and humbucking pickups.

Schecter

Schecter bass guitars were played by a wide range of artists from different genres including Motley Crue, Marilyn Manson, Avenged Sevenfold all the way to Kendrick Lamar’s ensemble. Schecter is mainly for the world of rock.

You can choose from their different bass series like Riot, Apocalypse, Omen Extreme, Hellraiser Extreme and more, so much more. Their basses start at $500 a-piece and that tag only goes higher from there.

Ibanez

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Ibanez offers four-string and five-string bass guitars. Ibanez’ bass guitar line is pretty extensive as they offer hollow body products that give you that balanced acoustic tone. It will cost you at least $600 for one Ibanez bass guitar and that is one of their standard models.

Ibanez’ has its signature bass models inspired by elite bassists like Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner, Sharlee D’Angelo, Mike D’Antonio, Gerald Veasley, Adam Nitti, and Gary Willis.

This brand also has its signature models and you’re going to need at least a thousand dollars or most likely more if you want to buy one of them.

C.F. Martin & Company

Specifically, the Martin BCPA4 Guitar. A fine combination of acoustic and electric tone in one four string bass guitar. This bass is right and left friendly.

The BCPA4 has a sapele back, J-style body, Fishman Matrix VT Enhance NT2 and that full honed tone you just can’t resist. It also has an X-Brace bracing pattern, gloss finish top and Sitka spruce top material.

This product is going to cost you $2199 for the guitar with all the body features mentioned above and Martin’s authentic acoustic strings.

Fender

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Fender is on top when it comes to electric, acoustic and bass guitars, no doubt about that. This renowned brand has a number of bass guitar models in its arsenal including the Jaguar, Mustang, Squier, Jazz and Precision.

A piece of advice, you can’t go wrong with an American Performer Precision Bass and you can own it for only $1199. We know, the word “only” is a bit cruel in that context.

You can also get a Fender Justin Meldal-Johnsen Road Worn Mustang bass for one grand.

You can’t go wrong with these brands and remember to put the price tag aside because you’ll be cherishing any of these guitars for many years.

4 Most Expensive Guitar Brands in The World

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There are a lot of expensive instrument brands out there. But what really sets them apart from their more affordable counterparts?

In this post, we take a closer look at some of the most expensive guitar brands today.

Fender

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Fender guitars are synonymous to Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and other legends. Fender’s Stratocaster and Telecaster models are the best. This brand was founded back in 1946 so you realize why it is the most prominent brand there is.

You can get a standard one for over $600 and if you want a custom-made product like the Jimmy Page Mirror Telecaster, then you’ll need more than $2000 in your pocket.

Fender offers electric, acoustic and even bass guitars. You can also get all the guitar pedals, accessories and amps you need from Fender.

Gibson

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Fender’s biggest rival is probably Gibson when it comes to a wide selection of guitar products for many years now. Gibson’s biggest model is the Les Paul inspired by legendary jazz and blues master Les Paul.

You can buy a Gibson electric guitar for over $2000 and that is probably the most affordable one there is.

Keith Richards, the lead guitarist of The Rolling Stones played the Les Paul model. The Les Paul Gibson he played from 1964 to 1967 was sold to a collector for more than $900,000.

C.F. Martin & Company

Established back in 1833, Martin is the representation of acoustic guitar excellence. You can either buy a standard series 0-18 for $3099 today or go for an OM-45 De Luxe Authentic 1930 for $99,999.

Martin became a staple brand for hundreds of musicians from the past to the present like Elvis Presley, Kurt Cobain, John Mayer and Ed Sheeran.

The manufacturer continues to release new collections of guitars, ukuleles and even guitar strings. Martin’s guitar string products are also the best including the Authentic Acoustic Marquis, Acoustic Lifespan, Retro, Classical Premium and Clapton’s Choice.

A classical set will cost you $5.99 per set today. Martin is known for quality guitars, materials and unique designs.

Taylor

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Built by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug back in 1974, Taylor Guitars became a favorite brand among a number of global artists. Grammy-winning artist Taylor Swift really lucked out with her name and is among the many Taylor guitar players out there. Taylor offers both acoustic and electric guitars.

You can buy your own Taylor guitar for $500. If you want, you can buy Taylor’s Presentation Series Guitars made with stripped West African ebony and Sitka spruce or rare sinker redwood.

One Presentation will cost you $8,899 and you get to choose among the guitars few models, the PS14ce, PS16ce or the PS12ce.

5 Legendary Guitars Played by Legends

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It is always a musician’s dream to own a guitar that was played by one of the best guitarists to ever rock the world. Some collectors would spend millions of euros or dollars just to own these memorabilia.

There is nothing really special about these guitars only that they were played by the best of the best.

Jimi Hendrix’s Stratocaster – $2 million

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If we’re talking about guitar legends, you can’t leave out the teeth grinding, flame igniting guitar genius Jimi Hendrix. Back in August 1969, Woodstock in the United States, Hendrix rocked the stage with his electrifying guitar solos and on-stage charisma.

His performance was iconic, especially his unforgettable guitar solo rendition of the Star Spangles Banner.

Hendrix up that stage with his red bandana was a memory to stand the test of time. The audience during that event was all well aware that they are in the presence of a music demigod.

The guitar is with Microsoft’s co-founder Paul Allen. We’re pretty sure Allen won’t ever let that guitar out of his hands.

Eric Clapton’s 1939 CF Martin & Co. 000-42 – $791,500 (2004)

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This acoustic guitar gave fans of the legendary Eric Clapton the best memories of their lives. This guitar can be traced back from World War II as it is one of the first 113 Martin 000-42 to ever be made. Clapton used this guitar during many of his concerts in his music career.

The guitar was sold during an auction to raise money for Clapton’s Crossroads charity in 2004. The guitar was sold for $791,500 and just think about how much the guitar is priced today.

The owner lent the 000-42 to different music museums like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland and the Metropolitan of Modern Art Museum in the big apple, New York City.

Bob Marley’s Washburn 22 Series Hawk (Custom made) – $2 million

Bob Marley’s reggae music is timeless for millions of fans all over the globe. Believe it or not, Marley only had 7 guitars in total when he was still alive and this Washburn is one of them.

This guitar is a national treasure to the country of Jamaica that represents Marley’s life and music journey he shared with the world.

John Lennon’s 1964 Rose-Morris Rickenbacker – $900,000 (2015)

This guitar is the dream of millions of guitarists out there played by the late John Lennon when he was still with The Beatles. Think about it, who wouldn’t want a guitar played by a member of the best rock and roll band of all time?

Do you know who bought the guitar during the auction? None other than Indianapolis Colts’ owner and CEO Jim Isray.

Reach Out to Asia Fender Stratocaster – $2.7 million

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This guitar wasn’t actually played by the legends but it has their signatures. Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Tony Iommi and Paul McCartney are just some of the names you’ll see signed on this guitar. Now you know why it reached its $2.7 million price tag.

This list surely showcases some of the most expensive guitars in the world. We hope you enjoyed learning more about these instruments and their legendary owners.

4 Must-Have Guitar Effect Pedals That Can Be Bought Online

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Most effect pedals are meant for electric guitars. These pedals produce a variety of sounds, melodies and music settings that will surely come in handy when you’re rocking out. An electric guitar, even if it is the most expensive one will be lonely without these pedals.

Thanks to technology, you are now able to buy all your guitar accessories online. So, here are the 7 must have guitar effect pedals that you can buy online today.

Octave Pedal

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This pedal was a game changer in the music industry when it was introduced by legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix back in 1967. The pedal, from its name, produces that octave doubling effect above a fundamental note.

The octave pedal can be tricky especially if you don’t have a neck pickup and aren’t that familiar with the tone knobs for the volume and boost of this pedal.

The octave pedal was one of Hendrix’s signature pedals and many other guitarists out there. So, if you’re looking to put together a Jimi Hendrix pedal board, then you can’t leave out the octave pedal from the mix.

Chorus Pedal

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The chorus pedal is the equivalent of a choir singing in full blast. If you are familiar with this effect, then you are well aware of the vibrato or frequency variations it brings to the table. This pedal is generally a doubling effect pedal that mixes sound, timbre and pitch. The rock band Nirvana back in the days were mostly seen using this effect.

To sum it all up a chorus pedal somehow turns the sound of a single guitar to a collection of other instruments playing at the same time. That is what we meant about the chorus pedal is the choir of the effect pedal roster. Pretty cool right?

Boost Pedal

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If you’re going to buy a boost pedal, you might as well get the best one and that will cost you some money but it will be worth your while. Just like buying the most expensive guitar you can buy not because of the price tag but because of the quality you’re certain that it comes with that price rate.

One big misconception is that boost pedals boost volume but that’s not it. A boost pedal allows guitarists more gain from the amp with more signal. So, you don’t get a dirty and distorted sound. You get the nice, clean, lean and loud volume you want.

There are different kinds of boost pedals, you have the clean boost, treble boost, preamp boost, EQ boost and more. You’re going to have to choose one that best suits your music style.

Wah pedal

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The wah-wah pedal or the cry baby as most musicians call it. So, in short, this pedal makes that “wahhhhh” sound that is emitted with boosting lower frequencies with higher frequencies.

This pedal is also basically a pedal and not just a button you press with your feet. If you’re still having a hard time determining this pedal’s sound, just scream “wah” for a long time and there you have it.

This wah pedal can be used for different guitar playing styles like strumming, picking, fingerstyle and more. But boosting a lead solo with this pedal is always a great choice no matter what genre of music you’re on.

If you want a great example of the pedal, listen to Rage Against the Machine’s “Bulls on Parade” track.

Keep in mind that there are more effects and pedals out there. Be sure to do some research before buying just any old pedal online.

3 Important Tips When Picking a Guitar

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The appearance of the guitar should be the last thing or second to the last thing you need to consider before buying one. The type of music or genre you wish to play is what really influences your choice in guitar.

In this post we take a look at three essential tips on how to select the best guitar for the music you wish to make.

Know your guitars types

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There are different kinds of guitars based on how they are manufactured and the materials used. You got your acoustic, electric, archtop (semi-acoustic), twelve-string and more. This is an important decision especially if you’re going to be using that guitar for a long time.

Your decision should depend on the type of music you want to play. If you want to play rock and heavy metal, go for an electric one or if you want to pay tribute to the blues, you might consider picking out a semi-acoustic or semi-hollow guitar.

If you want, you can buy more than one guitar, one of each kind and then you can go crazy.

Maximize your budget and get that guitar

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We’re not saying buy the most expensive guitar but if you can then go for it and just make sure you’ll take good care of it. Make sure to go to a legit music store so you don’t get ripped off.

Buying the best guitar there is will cost you more money, but buying cheap guitars with poor material that would easily break could cost even more in the long run. You might also consider purchasing second-hand quality guitars.

Check everything of the guitar

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From the action to the truss rod to every part of the guitar. Learn as much as you can and ask a lot of questions. The more informed you are about the guitar you want to buy the better decision you’re going to make. Finally, buy the guitar and not the guitar’s brand.

By following these essential tips, you will be able to make beautiful music with your brand-new guitar in no time. Good luck and enjoy!