£500 or below bass recommendations?
Hey, I really would like to purchase a new bass, and wanted some people's advice on what to buy
I was looking at a Sterling Ray34 on Ebay but can't afford it due to the freakin' import tax that I'd have to pay.
I'm willing to buy second hand and I'd also like a versatile bass as I like to play different styles.
The ray34's are good basses but not what I would call versatile.
For a new bass I can thoroughly recommend the new yamaha TRBX504. I have one, and it is a phenominal bass for the money.
If you're buying used though, you have so many options, it's difficult to know where to start.
No preferences except price?!
...and where do you live? UK?
A couple of my GAS-basses these days:
Ibanez SR500: Probably one of the best basses I have played as far as playability and ergonomics is concerned, regardless of price. I just love the feel of smooth neck wood, rather than the sticky gloss surfaces of many basses. Same goes for the body. The feeling of real wood is hard to beat. And the balance is superb. Sound wise I love the two humbuckers, and the electronics allow for great flexibility. It seemed to me that the fretwork was great, too. A players bass.
Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass PJ: Yes, a Squier(!) This is a rather new product. I was very surprised about the great playability (even if we are in glossyland here). Nice weight and balance, and the best thing is that for such an inexpensive instrument, those PJ pickups have a very distinct sound and allow for a lot of tonal variations. Squier will always have some sample variation, so I'd recommend to play before you buy, to be sure about the qualities of YOUR bass.
Sterlin'Ray 34's a very good reference, so you know what you're lookin' for, tonewise
One more ceramic humbucker, one more serial/parallel option and an on/off bypass switch you wouldn't find on a MusicMan
I presented two of them to my brother (a Premium with an added DiMarzio WillPower neck pickup and a carved flame maple top all stock) both natural and with our "obligatory" Hipshot bass extender on the E string
I love my Epi Tbird classic IV pro, which I got for £350 - it's essentially a gibson for epiphone money! Other than that, i'd suggest the Squier Classic Vibe 50s Precision Bass, the neck's a bit anemic, but it looks stunning and sounds beautiful. Similar money as the Tbird
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