P/Js under 600

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SIFJiggy, Mar 27, 2014.


  1. SIFJiggy

    SIFJiggy Supporting Member

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    Looking for better for and finish than Squier VM (I hear they're great but just aiming higher)

    Would prefer lightweight and 1.5" nut.
    Go
  2. vin*tone

    vin*tone

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    Is this a want to buy thread? Or are you looking for advice?
  3. SIFJiggy

    SIFJiggy Supporting Member

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    Either? I have a p with flats- which is real tame and my MIA has the growl I need.

    Something in between to round out available tones?

    Want to buy I spose.
  4. BioWeapon

    BioWeapon

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    You can find plenty of PJ's for under 600 at Walmart ;)
    Now, if you want a bass, well I'll recommend the Ibanez Soundgear and Soundgear Gio basses, some of which come in PJ, other's don't. I owned a GSR200 PJ bass for a while, and it had a really nice bottom end, but lacked a little bit of zingy highs even with new(ish) strings. I was still able to get a tone that worked well for most of the genres I play.
    Edit: Guess I should tell you what genres I play. Anything from Metal to Punk to Alternative plus a very limited selection of Pop.
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  6. wolfkeller

    wolfkeller

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    Flats are just that, flat! Rock roll= rounds!
  7. Thebrownarrow

    Thebrownarrow

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    I know you said you aren't interested in Squier VM, but I love my full scale Jaguar. I also owned a gsr200. Another awesome inexpensive bass.
  8. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

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    Lightweight P/J for under $600? See if you can try out a used Fender Aerodyne somewhere. Certainly I'm a bit biased, what with the 'Dyne being my very first bass, but it does fit your basic criteria.

    Some say the pickups lack character. In my experience, the character is dependent upon finding the right strings for it. I've gone from flats to several different kinds/brands of roundwounds and every set has given it a drastically different voice. Sure, you'll get a slight/notable difference with this-or-that string change on any bass, but something about my Aerodyne makes that change almost akin to a full-on paradigm shift…go fig!
  9. acebase62

    acebase62 Supporting Member

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    I've recently seen some decent ESP LTD Vintage basses for less than $400.00.

    They might be a good bass to upgrade pickups, etc, if you wanted to.

    Also, check around for some used Fender, Yamaha, or Peavey PJ basses.
  10. 4StringsEnough

    4StringsEnough

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    Schecter Model T. /thread.
  11. Session1969

    Session1969 Gold Supporting Member

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    Find a nice PJ in the classifieds and have an open mind about the brand because there are a ton of great intruments among us.
  12. Session1969

    Session1969 Gold Supporting Member

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  13. schecter5string

    schecter5string

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    Fender precision lyte, made in Japan, great basses, I got mine for $400 with hard shell case.
    Used of course because they are not made anymore.

    Also look at the fender zone basses also discontinued.
  14. Wallace320

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    You can grab a new Bb424 (424x with pickguard and chrome) or second hand Bb1024 (1024x with pickguard and chrome) they're both Made in Indonesia and sometimes sport mostly the same fnish (except for metallic red - for cheaper only - and charamel brown - more a trans amber - for the costier)

    They're worth their value, with a mix of AlNiCo split pickup and ceramic bridge piuckup.

    Cheers,
    Wallace
  15. Mola Ram

    Mola Ram

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    +1 all day

    Though I think they have different split pickups. The BB1024s have blades just like the bridge but the BB424 has poles.
  16. Tunaman

    Tunaman Supporting Member

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    Ive seen Fender PJ Deluxe MIM sell used for $450 here & there, check guitar center used
  17. philvanv

    philvanv Gerbil Turds, Kitsap County Turd Core

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    and at the bottom it says thank you, and now you can **** off
    I'd seriously look for a Guild Pilot....amazing
  18. SteveHeissner

    SteveHeissner

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    +2 for this:

    "You can grab a new Bb424 (424x with pickguard and chrome) or second hand Bb1024 (1024x with pickguard and chrome) they're both Made in Indonesia and sometimes sport mostly the same fnish (except for metallic red - for cheaper only - and charamel brown - more a trans amber - for the costier)

    They're worth their value, with a mix of AlNiCo split pickup and ceramic bridge piuckup."
  19. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    I love my $200 Yamaha RBX170.
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  20. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    Fender Jazz Bass Special
    Fender Aerodyne Jazz
  21. Session1969

    Session1969 Gold Supporting Member

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    oh yeah. Ebay always has a couple for sale.

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