Decent basses for around $300

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Quackhead, Dec 7, 2013.


  1. Quackhead

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    A friend of a friend is looking for a decent bass around the $300 range. I have a pretty good idea of what's out there, but maybe there are some good cheap brands I've never heard of. Let's say it's a natural finish 4-string. Any input is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Miskatonic

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    And the first suggestion would a bass from Rondo. Take a look at the SX models they carry, good bang for the buck with those.

    http://www.rondomusic.com/bassguitars4.html

    The new Squiers have been big hits as well. Really liked my Classic Vibe Jazz.
     
  3. JACink

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    +1 on Squier, I have 2 VM´s that I love.
     
  4. RxFunk

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    Natural finish four string for $300? Squier VM Jazz.
     
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  6. Quackhead

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    My first thought was a VM Jazz since I have one and I love it. I'm looking for other brands too. I'll investigate the SX basses.
     
  7. macmanlou

    macmanlou Don't push it. Just let it fall. Supporting Member

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  8. Maxdusty

    Maxdusty Supporting Member

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    A few other details would help:
    1) what kind of music would they play
    2) do they want a passive/active bass
    3) How big/small is the bass player
    4) would used basses be an option (ideal as you can get much more value for the $300

    Example: Ibanez SR500 - brand new=$599.99 used=$299.99 or less
    http://www.guitarcenter.com/In-Stor...SR500-BASS-MAHOGANY-RED-109481435-i3417448.gc

    Squier VM jazz New 299.99 used=$179.99
    http://www.guitarcenter.com/In-Stor...AGE-MOD-JAZZ-BASS-BB313-109441949-i3274709.gc
     
  9. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    Beginner? A Squier VM Precision would be my first choice. Passive, simple, effective.
     
  10. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

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    Any one shopping around that price should open up to buying used as well.

    You can get a clean classic vibe squier for $200-$250, Or a VM for $150-$200. Choose a P or J. Plenty of solid Ibanez basses in that range and the new sterling sub lines.
     
  11. garp

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    +1. For example, I’ve seen a few used MIM FSR Jazzes in Natural Ash sell for around this price recently.
     
  12. mglinski

    mglinski Supporting Member

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    I'll second the SX. Recently got a 5 string, maple neck, with a gig bag brand new for a hundred and Change delivered. 45 minutes to change the strings and do a setup, and I have an excellent back up bass. Can't really beat that!
     
  13. Uncle Snake

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    Find a used Carvin. I've picked up (3) lb70's for less than $300 each. All are great basses and in my opinion,WAY better values than the SX's. I said "in my opinion" so shut it. Shhhhhhh...... .
     
  14. Bass Fund

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    Used older model Peavey U.S.A.
     
  15. Kmonk

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    I've had some Ibanez basses that I bought for under $300 which sounded and played great.
     
  16. Ironbar

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    Another vote for the Squier Vintage Modified series. I absolutely LOVE my VM jazz bass.
     
  17. Batmensch

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    Another vote for Squier. I love my two VM's:
    VM P, $280(currently my main bass) :
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    And VM J, $300:

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    (Chrome covers, knobs, and thumb rest are not stock)
     
  18. GK Growl

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    Another vote for Squier Vintage Modified (Jazz V in my case). Fit, finish, playability, and tone are shocking to me for this price range. All the gear snobs that I've played it with agree as well.
     
  19. Dr. Cheese

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    The best cheap basses are high end used basses priced low. I favor Peavey and Yamaha, but you never know what might turn up.
     
  20. RxFunk

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    Where'd you get the bridge, pu covers for your jazz?
     
  21. Barkless Dog

    Barkless Dog Barkless to a point

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    Buy used, get the most for your money. Nice basses can be had really cheap if you look.

    Carvings, peavy's, yamahas, etc
     

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