Beginner Basses

At Antonio Strad, our beginner double basses are hand-made with well-aged wood and professionally set up here in San Antonio, TX. That means the instrument plays well and stays in tune. A good sound will encourage you to play more. And the more you play the better you’ll get.

We’ll provide you with everything you need to succeed with our beginner bass outfits, so there are no roadblocks to beginning your double bass journey. Expect a hand-carved French bridge, and quality, durable strings to accompany every instrument, for a clear tone without sacrificing playability or an affordable price.

All of our beginner double basses include free shipping, easy 45-day returns, and the Antonio Strad 100% satisfaction guarantee. Take a look at our selection below, or get in touch if you would like a hand in choosing the best beginner bass for you.

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Beginner Bass FAQs

What are the best double basses for beginners?

For a beginner, double basses with ease of play and a clean, quality sound are best. If a beginner instrument sounds great and provides no obstacles to playing and learning, you’ll want to play more, and the more you play the better you’ll get!

What things should I look for when buying a beginner bass?

Finding a handmade instrument should be your priority. Handmade double basses are of higher quality and therefore sound better than factory-made instruments. Additionally, beginner double basses that are handmade are crafted intentionally for new bassists by an experienced luthier. That means handmade beginner double basses are easier to start playing on.

I’m not sure I can afford a fancy handmade instrument. What do I do?

Don’t worry, our beginner basses come at a variety of price points to help make bass playing accessible for everyone. Also, keep in mind that buying a bass is an investment, both into your own playing — because starting on a quality instrument means you’ll play more and start off as a stronger player — and financially, because you’ll get a lot more, for longer out of a quality bass. If the cost is still a concern, we at have a variety of renting options for double basses of all levels, to further make picking up the bass affordable.