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Show your $400 and below bass gems!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ggvicviper, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper P is the Key. Call me Marc or Marky Potatoes. Gold Supporting Member

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    Despite loving more pricey gear, many of us love cheap gear. Let's face it - we love a good bargain and a great deal. Some on TB just don't understand why we love these instruments. So let's show those basses that you got a great deal on, rescued, or just plain love for under $400 - used or new! Tribute to the cheapies!

    Here's my $190 ($215 with the shipping) love - my '87 Yamaha RBX-5. Aside from the oxidizing gold hardware, it's in nice condition. Beautiful transparent red over ash body. I took this to the beach with my girlfriend and her family a few weeks ago. Played through a Micro Cube Battery amp, and I got all sorts of compliments (both on my playing and on my sound).

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  2. msb

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    I have a first re-issue Korean Dano Longhorn . It's become the bass I gig with the most . I still have a bunch of others that are mostly new or vintage name basses , but the Dano gets gigged the most . I just enjoy playing the cheap little thing .

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    I got it new for $200. when they were blowing out the last of them .
  3. bronsonelliott

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    Fender Standard p-bass. $300

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  4. aproud1

    aproud1 Hit that long lunar note, and let it float. Gold Supporting Member

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    Atk500- Put probably another $450 into it.

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    SX J - Never should have gotten rid of. One of the best basses I've owned.

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    This was a super cool Ibanez. More P than a P

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    One of the best fretless basses I've owned. Guy I sold it to is now a friend.

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    Another awesome Ibanez. My guitar player buddy has it now so I get to play from time to time.

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  5. D.A.R.K.

    D.A.R.K.

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    $250.00
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    $300.00
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    $275.00
  6. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper P is the Key. Call me Marc or Marky Potatoes. Gold Supporting Member

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    Awesome! Really like both the P and the Dano.

    EDIT: Jetstar looks awesome too!
  7. JACink

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    What is this bass?

    (And do the screws around the outside holde the body together?)
  8. digi

    digi

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    I got my '89 lefty MIJ medium scale pbass for $200

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  9. msb

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    Looks like a Hagstrom
  10. jmlee

    jmlee Catgut? Not funny. Supporting Member

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    Yup. Hagstrom Futurama.
  11. C.Linton

    C.Linton Supporting Member

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    And here they are (again!)
    Squier VM P ($279 new):
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    Squier VM J (($299 new):
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    Both superb basses, worth every penny and a whole lot more.
  12. PDGood

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    Ibanez SRX3EXQM
    Used for $199

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  13. Five String

    Five String

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    Ibanez SR495 $290 with case. I put the pickguard on it to cover a divot a prior owner put there.

    Squier VM Jazz fretless, $200 with case. This is an ebay picture before I put the cream pickguard on it so it looked different from everyone else's.

    I think both basses are fantastic.

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  14. nickrs540

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    Ibanez ATK 750

    $380 Off CL

    Beautiful Koa top with an amazing feel and sound to it. Plus With that 5 way switch I can get basically any tone I'll ever need. Now if only it was a 5er.......or even a 6........ This bass in a 6 string would be a dream.

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  15. tbirdsp

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    Squier Vintage Modified 70's Jazz, new $299. Squier Classic Vibe 50's P I picked up "used" off of Craigslist (it was virtually new) - for 220 bucks ;)
    I bought the Jazz as a "backup" for my Carvin BB-75. I now find I play it most of all. At the time I wanted the CV 50's P, but it was more money. Then found this one on CL. I have the P set up with D'A Chromes flatwounds.

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  16. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper P is the Key. Call me Marc or Marky Potatoes. Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm not a huge Ibanez guy (though I own one), but these are really cool. How much did you pay for that red Ibanez? What model is it?
  17. Silver Blues

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    Subbed, cheap basses rule. I should get some pics of mine :p

    --Silvie
  18. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper P is the Key. Call me Marc or Marky Potatoes. Gold Supporting Member

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    Actually, since I mentioned my Ibanez, I should bring this to the table:

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    Ibanez Destroyer Bass DT-650, from 1983. Though I rarely take it out, it's a real nice find for $250 - $275ish with tax.
  19. Immigrant

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    1980-ish Aria Pro II CSB-450


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    I've got a thing for medium scale basses and I couldn't resist this when it came up on eBay. Somebody must've received it as a gift and never picked it up, because it's in minty condition and came with original case candy and a made in USA strap (!) still sealed. A little high priced at $399, but it's basically brand new.
  20. Dluxe

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    A few years back I found a Bass Collection 5 string at a pawn shop for $99! I played it at a gig the next night and they are very underrated basses. Made In Japan with Gotoh tuners and bridge and active pickups. 19mm spacing at the bridge too.

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