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$200-400 Bass recommendation?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Boocap589, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. Boocap589

    Boocap589

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    Hello Boocap here, Well the title does pretty much say what I need....Can anyone recommend me a good high-quality bass? $450-500 is all I can spare. (I'd also like to have some good amp recommendations)

    I'm not really a begginer and I know this will sound crazy or weird but I have been practicing bass techniques, tabs and songs with an acoustic guitar......I started as a guitar player but I got more interested in playing bass but since I can't really find any good bass guitars here in the Philippines, I really need help in picking one.

    What I am looking for

    - Good build quality, something that will last for years to come.
    - Good sound (As usual)
    - Flexibility for different genres/styles (Mainly Jazz, Rock or Indie)
    - I don't really care about the looks
    - Affordable price ($500 is my limit)

    So if you guys have any recommendations please post some worthy ones below, Thank you!
  2. dalkowski

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    used Squier
    used Yamaha
    used ibanez

    Go straight to Craigslist. Enjoy the hunt, and good luck.
  3. eukatheude

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  4. Clark Westfield

    Clark Westfield Floyd Pepper is my mentor! Supporting Member

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    +1 Squier VM series
  5. dderatz

    dderatz Supporting Member

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    Fender MIM Jazz Bass Used. Dozens on Ebay in you price range.
  6. 3234718

    3234718 Supporting Member

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    Used Carvins are usually in the $400-$500 range. Best bang for your buck.
  7. ben23c

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    Vintage Modified Squier Jazz bass (bought mine not too long ago and I recommend it to everyone) and buy a decent combo with the rest
  8. PimasterPearson

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    You could get a used Ibanez SR500 for under $500. That's what I have and I like it a lot - extremely comfortable to play, pretty, and good tone for what I play.

    If you're looking for something with a more classic sound, it's hard to go wrong with the Squier Classic Vibe or Vintage Modified series. You could also find a used Fender for well within your price range.
  9. Bassbubble11

    Bassbubble11 Supporting Member

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    CV P. If you find one used even better.
    Don't believe me? Go play one.
  10. GrumpiusMaximus

    GrumpiusMaximus I've Seen Things You People Wouldn't Believe Supporting Member

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    I picked up a Rockbass Streamer new for £199 the other day - a shop sale. English money, yes but if you look used in your market you might be able to find something equivalent.

    I would say that buying used is a better alternative though. You can't do too much wrong with a used P-bass.
  11. bostonasphalt2

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    Musicman SUB series. Either te current run, or the older American version.
  12. gard0300

    gard0300 Supporting Member

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    Used Spector Legend, Mtd Kingston models, Squiers, G&L Tribute series, and US Model Peaveys.
  13. subdude67

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    what basses are available there on the Philippines or are you planning of having one shipped there?
  14. tranceFusion

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    Squier Vintage Modified or Classic Vibe..
  15. Ibby

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    Ibanez SR300
  16. C.Linton

    C.Linton Supporting Member

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    Definitely this, all day, every day.
  17. Engine207

    Engine207 Losing faith in humanity...one call at a time. Supporting Member

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    I picked up a used Yamaha BB424x for a song and a dance, and it's a great feeling, sounding, and built bass...especially for that little scratch.

    http://www.americanmusical.com/Item--i-YAM-BB424X-LIST
    [​IMG]

    But honestly, Squier CV, VM, or Fender MIM are all great options.
  18. Figjam

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    Squier Classic Vibe is the present and future.
  19. mpdd

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    used g&l tribute?
  20. mrjim123

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    Used is probably the way to go, but if you want new you can't beat this, and they go for under $500: http://www.glguitars.com/instruments/TributeSeries/basses/JB-2_new/index.asp

    I own one and love it. Build quality, feel, tone - its got it all. But you should really get out there and play a bunch before you decide (for me, the feel of the neck is hugely important, and not something that can be described iin words.

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