Top 5 Best Bass Guitar Websites

There are some great bass guitar resources out there, many of which offer free lessons, equipment giveaways, communities, and advice. Over the years some have come and gone, but these are the ones I’ve found that have the best content, the most useful advice, and the best communities. You may think it’s a little counter productive pushing other websites when I’m always inviting people over to my own site,, but before my lesson site existed, these were places I loved to spend time, in fact, I still do. These are my top five favorite bass guitar websites.

1) Talk Bass

This is unquestionably the best online bass community out there. It’s been around forever, and probably boasts more customers served than McDonalds. Seriously though, it’s a great site and my first stop when I need to get my serious bass-geek on.

2) Active Bass

Full disclosure, I was one of the co-creators of Active Bass, and for a few years, it was the best bass site on the internet. It fell into disrepair there for awhile (long after my tenure); not much new content, little policing, but it’s recently had an overhaul and it looks terrific. Even if the active membership isn’t what it was, there is still an incredible amount of resources and learning material that one could spend years reviewing. It’s unique lesson builder and midi functionality is also one-of-a-kind. For that reason, I still give it second place on the list.

3) NoTreble

If you’re looking for a great place to peruse the latest in YouTube bass nuttiness, well written articles, and a wealth of useful resources and learning material, then NoTreble delivers. It’s one of the more recent sites, and it’s modern layout and interactive elements make it easily one of the best looking bass guitar sites around. Highly recommended.

4) Bass Frontiers Magazine

If you’re into gear giveaways, it would behoove you to make your way to Bass Frontiers Magazine. They’re always giving away something. They also have great taste and a terrific team of writers. They’ve done the odd-thing-or-two on me over the years, and the editor, Dave Fowler is one serious bass player and a heck of a guy. If you’re looking for a site with a real personal feel, Bass Frontiers Magazine is an excellent choice.

5) The International Institute of Bassists

This site has been around since 1997, and it too has a wealth of good information and premium content. It has become a bit more of a lesson site for the editor Cliff Engel, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a better teacher than Cliff. I’ve known him for years. IIB has been a serious contender for “best bass site in the land” from the very beginning, and Cliff does a great job at keeping the site current and maintaining a high standard for terrific, well organized content.

About the Author

Chris TarryChris Tarry is a four-time Juno Award winning musician and a writer. His debut collection of short fiction, “How To Carry Bigfoot Home,” is out now from Red Hen Press (March 2015). He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with his wife Michelle, daughter Chloe, and son Lucas. Connect with Chris on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter.View all posts by Chris Tarry

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