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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Kazz3lrath, Feb 7, 2013.


  1. Kazz3lrath

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    What is the most unique bass I can get for less than $200? I have a thing for really weird instruments.
     
  2. St Drogo

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    That's a difficult question, because mostly uniqueness is tied to a high price. To lower the price, a bass would either have to be made in a productionline, or made with cheap components by a hobbyist. So if it's in fact uniqueness you are after, your best option might be to make one yourself. Which is not meant to dismiss your question; making your own instrument out of an old table or perhaps a discarded cabinet or two can be a very fun experience, and i'm betting you'd learn quite a bit. Not just how to build a bass, but also understanding how it's constructed and what makes basses tick. Plus, you can make any style you want. it's very punk rock. I still want to try that someday.

    Making your own bass might not be the most practical cjoice of course. So maybe you want an off the shelf bass with a funny shape or something. First thing that comes to mind there are things like explorers, flying v's and such. I started playing guitar on a dean ML, i don't know if they make a bass model.

    Or you could go for a squier hello kitty bass.

    That's just from the top of my head. There are loads of funny shaped basses. Others are bound to have more suggestions. Good luck!
     
  3. Kazz3lrath

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    I think we have a winner.
     
  4. Spleenface92

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    Dean makes the neon bass...
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    Or alternatively, there's searching for used stuff.
     
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  6. hernameisrio

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    Or get a generic-looking cheap bass and paint it...that's what I did with my fretless. It's basically the same color as the neon green bass that Dean makes...
     
  7. Meddle

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    Danelectro!!
     
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  9. JACink

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    Wishbass? They are pretty special.

    I also saw an angry birds bass somewhere, but I cant remeber where!
     
  10. Abaroa

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    there is no hello kitty bass.. the fender bass has Badtz Maru on it.. even cooler!.. Kawaii!!!
     
  11. Darren Low

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    This thread should be interesting
     
  12. IwantAP

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    I have an acrylic bass. cheap and looks cool. Still hoping to get Dan Armstrong someday, but it is just way too expensive.
     

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  13. MICKUSS

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    Definitely!
     
  14. Texsunburst59

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    I picked this up in a pawnshop about 2 yrs. ago. I got it because it just stands out and it different. You don't see too many Kramer Hot Pink P/J basses. I paid $129 out the door. I don't know if this is weird enough for you. Just a thought.:smug:

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  15. iovar

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  16. dalkowski

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    That was my first reaction, but it's $500 to get in the door.
     
  17. jordak

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    Krappyguitars.com
    Aside from being exactly on topic, (they start at $85) one of the funniest websites I've ever seen.
     
  18. IwantAP

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    If you like metal, then get the Cort Gene Simmons
     
  19. willydee

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    I remember a youtube vid of a guy taking a plain black sharpie to a white strat. He did all these really intricate tribal tattoo-like patterns all over the body front and back and though I dont think I'd go for it myself it definitely was unique! Just remember to rattle-can some clear finish over it or it'll rub off!

    I guess I'd say get something cheap, perhaps even ordinary and make it unique and weird yourself
     
  20. barroso

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    Unique & cheap means Danelectro
     
  21. Joe Nerve

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    +1 on the dan electros. I think they've got the most bang for the buck.
     

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