Bass >$500

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Fender2015, Jul 27, 2013.


  1. Fender2015

    Fender2015 Gold Supporting Member

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    Does anyone have suggestions of what best bass, new or used under $500? G&L, Fender Precision Lyte, Peavey Fury, etc.?
  2. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    You mean Bass<$500. Probably going to be Squier if you're talking about new.
  3. Montanamike

    Montanamike Supporting Member

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    Squire VM jazz. Hard to beat.
  4. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

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    Definitely Squier, either Classic Vibe or Vintage Modified.
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  6. Fender2015

    Fender2015 Gold Supporting Member

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    Any p/j basses?
  7. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

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    Best? I couldn't rightly say. I haven't tried everything out there and I don't know what kind of sound you're looking to achieve.

    That being said&#8230;I love my Fender Aerodyne Jazz (light, carved top P/J) and my Blacktop Jazz (Jazz body & neck with a doubled P/P configuration&#8230;very aggressive!). Dunno if it's what you're looking for, but I certainly dig 'em!

    A used Aerodyne can be found for $500 +/- $100. A Blacktop Jazz normally goes for $500 brand-new, but right now they're $450 during Fender's summer sale.
  8. pinebrookjohn

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    Yea go find a g & l the best basses for the price.
  9. Evil Undead

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    I love my Ibanez soundgear.
  10. hrodbert696

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    Once again... THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS "BEST." That's like asking what the "best" personality is, or the "best" color. It's a matter of personal needs and taste.

    In a P/J, the Yamaha BB424x I think just barely scrapes under your $500 limit new. You can occasionally find its various BB ancestors on CL or in the classifieds, but not too often because their owners love them too much...

    You can get a Squier VM Jaguar for about $300 new - that's the passive full-scale version. They have active, short-scale, and humbucker versions too, some of them cheaper.

    Another one that's a little overlooked and (IMO) underrated would be the Washburn Taurus basses. The T24 or T25 are pretty nice, but they're jazz P/Us rather than P/J. I think the cheaper T14 is P/J.

    Used, just check CL and the TB classifieds. Typically a bass that was maybe $750 or so new can be had there for around $500.
  11. wvbass

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    The alligator should bite to the right.

    Take a look at the new Sterling SUB line. Not PJ, but a lot of bass for the money.
  12. Gorn Captain

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    < means less than cuz it's like the L in less.

    Used carvin is my vote.
  13. LeopoldBoom

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    Take a look at the latest generation of Fender Modern Players too. They seem excellent for the price.
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  15. alexlocurto

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    One word- Patience. Everything you can think of is out there for a good price, if you look enough.

    Both of my basses, a 1987 MIJ Fender Precision, and an MTD Kingston Heir, I got for under $500. Just check Guitar Center's used stock. Some guys on here might hate the company, and a lot of them have good reason to, but there's a lot of great used gear flowing through that company.
  16. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Supporting Member

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    Ive got two basses in the classifieds for less than $500.
    However, ill accept greater than if you insist!
    ;)
  17. spufman

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    A used Guild Pilot is one hulluva deal. They're in the classifieds pretty frequently and go for disturbingly low $. I've had one in the collection for years. A 4 or a 5, take your pick.
  18. Miskatonic

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    Schecter Model T is a pretty good p/j and in your price range for sure. Used I see them for about $350 and new isn't a whole lot more as long as you're getting in on a sale which are almost always happening at one dealer or another.

    http://www.schecterguitars.com/Products/Bass/Model-T.aspx
  19. George Mann

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    The Fender Blacktop Jazz is a phenomenal sounding bass. I would buy it if I was looking for another full-scale.
  20. rapidfirerob

    rapidfirerob Fusion rules! Supporting Member

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    Squier, Ibanez, Danelectro Longhorn Reissue.
  21. Alex_Of_Icarus

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    The Blacktop P is also great! Playing it tonight (as well as my Aerodyne P) and I can't F***ing wait!

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