Best P-Bass for $400

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by vernhillbass, Dec 21, 2013.


  1. vernhillbass

    vernhillbass

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    Hey TBer's, what's the best P-bass for $400? Been watching my local CL and our classifieds but would love some opinions. I did find a nice 51 Reissue but without the ash trays and pickguard for $475 but would like to stay at $400.
  2. twc1313

    twc1313 Supporting Member

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    I'd say a squier vintage modified or a classic vibe. I have the VM in amber with maple fretboard. You can get them for around 279$
  3. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

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    Also a used Mexican Fender P.
    Left field selection 80's Yamaha BB400
  4. ugly_bassplayer

    ugly_bassplayer Supporting Member

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    My moded Yamaha Pulser. I've compared to many others and this thing feakin kills.

    :)
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  6. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

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    There isnt much in the way of fenders for $400 or less unless you get a deal.You can get a MIM standard though. Personally my favorite P basses in that price range would be a classic vibe squier or a older MIJ Ibanez Roadstar.

    My main working bass is a squier 60s P in sonic that I got for $175 shipped on GC used site.
  7. msact

    msact Gold Supporting Member

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  8. Charley Umbria

    Charley Umbria I'm Really a Drummer Supporting Member

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    MIA Peavey Fury?
  9. bigchiefbc

    bigchiefbc Supporting Member

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    I'd say either the Squier VM or the Freeman Signature. Both rockin p's for cheap. And I preferred both of them to MIM's I was able to try.
  10. superHEAVYfunk

    superHEAVYfunk

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    If it only needs to have "P" pickups to qualify, may I suggest the Yamaha BB series? Used, I've seen the active one going for $350... Personally I feel these basses are incredibly versatile and severely underappreciated.
  11. truckin88

    truckin88 Supporting Member

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    I second mia fury they are bargains and tone monsters. The one I have I got a great deal on and it is one of the best playing basses I have had, plus it just growls...very aggressive more thank my fender with 1/4 pounders
  12. bassplayer8953

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  13. Gbass75

    Gbass75 Supporting Member

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    What's the country of manufacture on that '51? If it's a Fender Japan model, you better buy that thing before I do!!!

    ;-)
  14. s4001

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    If you're not adverse to slinging some screwdrivers, a parts bass. I just built a 57 Ri with Fender Original 62's for less than $250.
  15. Yahboy

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    Squier Classic Vibe 60 P = Nice vibe ,solid build, stable neck, OK-weight, easy-playing-vintage-fret, great looking,worth for money.
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    mpdd neoconceptualist Gold Supporting Member

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  18. vernhillbass

    vernhillbass

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    Yeah, it's a 2005-2006 from Japan. Also found a Sting model at $550 but trying to talk him down. I saw that the 51 Japanese are +$700 at GC. Are they that good?
  19. Clouz

    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola Supporting Member

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    used MIM P Bass
  20. wild4oldcars

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    MIA Peavey Fury, or MIJ Ibanez Blazer of Roadstar P copy. These three are better than any MIM in that range, IMO. The roadstars come in p and p-j configurations ( as well as a ton of other configs, but not really p-comparable)
  21. MascisMan

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    I bought my MIJ 1981 Yamaha BB800 P-Bass used here on TB for $400 and it has been fantastic!

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