Best basses under $1000

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Paran0idAndroid, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. I've been playing for a year now and have improve quite drastically in my playing. My first and current bass is a Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special HB. The bass is very good for a beginner, but I feel that I have already exceeded that barrier. So, what basses should I try to buy that are under $1000? I'm thinking of getting a Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass but I'd like to know if I have other options.

    Thanks, :bassist:
  2. Reptileroundabo

    Reptileroundabo Polka till you puke.. Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2009
    Chardon, OH
    Im sure your going to get the same response from most the tb'ers, Go to your local shops, or not so local if you get some time and try every bass on the wall until you find one that you like. It is a large investment, and most likely something your going to have for a while. You may even find something that doesn't cost close to 1000 bucks that you love. Just because it is more expensive, doesn't make it better for you.
  3. Hey thanks for responding. Yeah I'm new to this forum so I might ask some really dumb questions.
  4. kbass00


    Oct 7, 2013
    Stingray, you can get the used for $1000 or less. Check craigslist, you can get lucky sometimes.
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  6. kbass00


    Oct 7, 2013
    I forgot to add, if you want 24 frets Warwick corvettes are awesome IMHO.
  7. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013
    Look into used Carvins.
  8. NightCat


    Apr 4, 2013
  9. If someone gave me $1,000.00 and I could chose from all the basses in that price point, I think I'd just about lose my mind trying to decide. There are so many GREAT basses for that price. The competition is just ridiculous these days, and a grand gets you a TON of bass guitar.

    But let's start with what you know: A humbucker equipped four-string. You may be tempted to stay with Fender products, but if not, my knee jerk reaction is Ernie Ball Music Man. I was pleasantly surprised at how Leo's second company capitalized and improved on his earlier designs. The circuitry is very similar to your Jag. But if you want to go with passive instead, I like the suggestions for a Jazz.
  10. Great responses guys! Yeah I've been in quite a rut. I saved up all summer long and now I have to choose from many basses. Keep em coming ;)
  11. Fender American Jazz Special. Very close to the double priced American Standard. Has the "Grease Bucket" control circuit. Can find them for under $1K, new or used. I did!
  12. mam1862

    mam1862 Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Northfield, Ohio
    The Geddy is a great bass. I have a Ric that I bought in 1977 and a Jon Hill custom bass and I like playing the Geddy as much as the other two. You can probably get one for around $600. That's about what I paid for mine.
  13. Yeah Geddy is one of my favourite bassists of all time. I would kill for a Ric but its way expensive and hard to find in my area :atoz:
  14. used avri 62 p or j.

    not the "best" but its what I'd go for.
  15. As for the American Special basses, you just added another contender in my list ;)
  16. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013
    Keep in mind . . . if you have a killer Squier, a Fender may not necessarily be an upgrade. They usually will be. But there are variations from instrument to instrument, and the Squier you have now could end up being better than the Fender you replace it with. Try before you buy.
  17. A used Carvin SB or a Lakand 5502 would be my choices
  18. ebannist


    Jan 15, 2012
    Yeah! I second the Reggie Hamilton bass. Hands down the best overall bass for every occasion. You won't be disappointed.
  19. Looks good to me, thanks :)
  20. Batmensch

    Batmensch Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2010
    Chester, Pa.,USA
    Used Fender American Standard.
  21. Yeah I like the p/j pickup combo in the bass. Never played a p j combo before so maybe.