First of all, I have attempted to look this subject up and not much comes up here or on a general Google search. What I'm wondering, is guitar a better choice for somebody who just wants to noodle around and play along with music from their favorite bands? Also maybe to bring some of those sounds in your head to life.

I like the bass guitar and I don't assume guitar will be simpler. It just seems like a more versatile instrument.

closed as primarily opinion-based by Shevliaskovic, Dave, Tim, user1044, Dom Nov 8 '15 at 18:45

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  • Some people may like the bass better and some may like the guitar better it's really up to the person which is why I'm voting to close a primarily opinion based. – Dom Nov 8 '15 at 18:45
  • You can have a lot of fun with either of them, at the noodling and playing along level. I'm not sure what you mean by versatile. I can't imagine there are many recordings of rock, pop, etc., that don't include an electric bass! – aparente001 Nov 9 '15 at 2:40
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    A 6 string guitar is more versatile as a solo accompaniment instrument. In other words, you can play more authentic sounding re-creations or arrangements of songs from your favorite bands with a 6 string guitar than you can with a bass. You can play bass lines and melody lines and chords and lead licks and solos on guitar. A bass guitar does one thing well - it allows you to play the bass line of most any song - but not much else. Some people may find bass easier to play at a beginner level than guitar. It's hard to use a bass as the only instrument to accompany your singing. – Rockin Cowboy Nov 9 '15 at 4:19
  • While guitar may be considered more versatile, in my early days I wound up as a bass player in a non-cover band. I learned so much more about the fret board during that year than I would have merely playing guitar. – Yorik Nov 19 '15 at 21:49

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