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Best Bass for Under 500 (American dollars)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by The_Brit, Feb 3, 2014.


  1. The_Brit

    The_Brit

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    So I first got my Laguna LB200 last year. To be honest its just a cheap built bass, best what else can you expect from a 200-300 dollar bass. So now that I have had some experience, not a lot, but enough experience to progress and develop my skills and playing style, I need a new bass. So I'm looking at the best bang for your buck bass under 500 dollars. As of right now here are two options that I find quite good, so please recomend away! Thank you!

    Warwick Streamer Standard Electric Bass Guitar: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass/warwick-streamer-standard-electric-bass-guitar

    Fender Blacktop Precision Bass: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass/fender-blacktop-precision-bass

    I have found a lot of good things about the blacktop, and I also like the fact that it has double humbuckers as well as it is MIM. The Warwick I do not know as much about and it seems fairly unreviewed.


    Rock on! :bassist:

    -The_Brit
     
  2. Maxdusty

    Maxdusty Supporting Member

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    Warwick makes fantastic basses! Highly regarded and have incredible sound and feel. They usually run for a thousand or two though- the fantastic ones.
    However, the one you're looking at is on their "budget" line- not one made in Germany where the best Warwick basses are made. I don't know how much of a drop off there is in quality, but I would definitely recommend going to a store and trying some basses out.
    Fender Blacktop P bass I did try, it's pretty good but it all comes down to a matter of preference- I like Fender basses for what they're most famous for, the sound of a P-bass or Jazz bass pickup. For humbuckers/active style basses, I prefer Warwick or Spector. Fender cannot beat those.
     
  3. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    For around $500, you have a million options in the used market. Much more so than $500 new. For that price range I'd rather have an mij fender over almost anything new for the same price.
     
  4. pfox14

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    The Fender Blacktop looks good, but I'd get it in black. You also have the choice of many MIM Fenders, which are around your price range.
     
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  6. StuartV

    StuartV Out of GAS!! Supporting Member

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    There is no new bass that sells for $500 or less that I would buy new. Why? Because for any new bass selling at a normal price that you can name, I can name you a used bass that I would rather have for the same amount of money.

    For example, for $500, I'd buy a used Made in America Peavey Millennium or TL-Five or G-Bass or G-V over any new bass you can buy for $500.
     
  7. Sundogue

    Sundogue Supporting Member

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    Ibanez SR400QM

    I just snagged one up from a friend...for free and even at the retail of $449 online, it is a much better bass than I ever thought it would be and very underrated IMO. I'm sure you could find one used for way less than that even.

    I was never really a fan of Soundgear basses, just by looks and some of the rep alone. Don't know why as I'm typically not a gear snob, but they just weren't my cup of tea, so to speak. Now that I've played one and have one, I am sold on them. I've been playing pro/semi-pro for over 35 years. It's a keeper...may even become my main bass for gigs.

    Here's a link to the thread I posted about my recent acquisition...

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/ibanez-sr400qm-1051735/
     
  8. Sundogue

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  9. The_Brit

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    Thanks everyone. So I just quickly searched for used basses and I found a "excellent condition" (no idea how good that is) for a sub sterling ray 34, and its about 400 which is fairly cheap. I'll spend more time tomorrow looking for some used basses, but I definitely will look into used basses because you guys are right, its a way more expensive guitar that someone else has used for a year or two, and come one, people buy old basses or keep basses forever! I'm just a bit worry about fret wear or something that would cost a bit to replace. But If I find a cheap used bass I may just suck it up and spend the extra cash I have on replacing the pickups or spanding it on fixing the bass up a bit. Thanks for the posts and keep replying with new/used basses!

    Rock on!
     
  10. rptrsn2

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    SX by far. My main bass is an American Deluxe P so I don't have just cheap basses. But my SX in my opinion feels and plays better that Mexican Fenders Ive owned. If I had to spend $500 on a bass I would just buy 3 SXs before even considering anything else in that range. Or buy one and do any mods you want then have something that will rival any $1000 bass out there!
     
  11. line6bassist

    line6bassist Supporting Member

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    I have a similar thread on this and some good basses I found in the $500 range new is Ibanez atk basses and the new Yamaha TRBX series :)
     
  12. higain617

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    Does it have to be brand new? Music Man USA Subs are killer and can be had for around $500. I did feel the need to change out the pickguard when I got mine.
     

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