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Best all-around bass for under $400

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JetBlackJazz, May 28, 2011.


  1. JetBlackJazz

    JetBlackJazz

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    The title is self explanatory. Best bass for under $400. Fits into 5 different categories for quality...
    -Tone (versatile|round, punchy {jazz, Rick, etc.})
    -Comfort (no sharp edges or flimsy necks)
    -Looks (preferably nat. gloss/satin)
    -Reliability/construction (won't fall apart)
    -Electronics (no crappy wiring ea. Affinity)
     
  2. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

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    Active or passive? Number of strings? New or used?
     
  3. JetBlackJazz

    JetBlackJazz

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    preferably a 4 string, passive, lightly used or new bass...
     
  4. sikamikanico

    sikamikanico Supporting Member

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    many precisions and jazzes can be found for that price...
     
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  6. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

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    The world is your oyster! Do you have a body style preference? Pickup configuration preference?
     
  7. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    You can find a used G&L Tribute in that price range for sure. You won't do any better for that price.
     
  8. ghostdog93

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  9. IronLung1986

    IronLung1986

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    musicians friend has yamaha BB424's with P/J pickups on sale for $350.
     
  10. zachoff

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    New... Yamaha BB424
     
  11. IronLung1986

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    +1 haha i was first by mere seconds!
     
  12. Crystalman85

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    If you want a passive bass with jazz pick-ups, I would recommend the peavey millennium bxp basses. I own a peavey millennium bxp 4-string bass for my brother's band and it sounded pretty cool. not only does my band mates from my brother's band like the bass, but so does friends and family. I will be purchasing a 5-string version for my band real soon.
     
  13. JetBlackJazz

    JetBlackJazz

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    preferably...
    -bodystyle of jazz or ebmm, peavey foundation/t40, etc
    -pup. config. of jazz bass or ebmm single pup. or even the t40 or most schecters
     
  14. thudfromafar

    thudfromafar Supporting Member

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    I was going to recommend the yamaha BB414, but apparently it's the BB424 now. What's the difference...?
     
  15. ghostdog93

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    Judging from the specs, it's an upgraded 414 - the BB424 has a 5-ply laminated neck, different pickups, a diagonal string-thru bridge, as well as a new pickguard design.
     
  16. thudfromafar

    thudfromafar Supporting Member

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    i seee... that is a great deal then!
     
  17. ghostdog93

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  18. locriansharpsec

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    or you might consider a kit? Carvin has a kit where you can choose options, finish the wood how you prefer etc right around $400. I have two with swamp ash bodies natural finish and I love them both. For the price you cant beat it. Theyre real easy to put together (if I can do it....:) and its nice knowing you kinda built it yourself.

    just a thought:smug:
     
  19. nocontrols

    nocontrols

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    I might have to pick the Matt Freeman sig for this one. I find that bass tempting.
     
  20. JetBlackJazz

    JetBlackJazz

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  21. Doctor Dirt

    Doctor Dirt

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    Fender (mim) made in Mexico are made pretty much just like the old Fenders were made. A few cosmetic exceptions and the difference of the pup coils but honestly its a great bass for the money. I just drove back from northern Florida and stopped in a few music stores and played a Mexican J & P and thought they were great when you take into consideration the cost. (Sarasota Fl/ Guitar Center SWR Super Red Head 400.00) sounded pretty nice!!!! Good luck with your search try to hold it in your hand as opposed to shipping one unless you know the brand and model well. Doc
     

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