Used Bass on a Budget

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CaptMoustache, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. CaptMoustache


    Feb 26, 2014

    (First of all, pardon my English, I'm French)

    I am actually trying to choose which bass is going to be my first in America. I was the owner of a squier vm jazz bass back in France, for what I remember (I haven't play for 2 years) I liked it except that my E string was buzzy, I must have had a bad one.

    For what I've read now I'm thinking about:
    -g&L l2000 tribute
    -squier classic vibe jazz bass
    They are both around 300$ but I'll have to drive 2 hours if I choose the g&l.

    My influences are Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller, but because of my low level I can't play them yet so I will be more likely playing queen, muse, rhcp...

    If you have any idea of better basses for this range of price, let me know.

    Thank you !
  2. Malak the Mad

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

    Greetings Mon Capitaine! Welcome to TalkBass and, if I'm reading you right, to the U.S. of A.!

    I would recommend the Classic Vibe Jazz. I have one and it's an excellent piece of work. Some say it's a great bass for the money you spend. I say it's fantastic, no matter how much you spent on it.

    I'd also suggest you check Guitar Center's used bass database.
    Do a search for "Squier" in the Bass category. You will find many to choose from, including Classic Vibes. They usually sell for $250 or more, plus $25 for shipping. And if you don't like it, you can return it for within thirty days.
  3. $300 can usually get you a used MIM Jazz, too. Not to take away from the Squier VM and CV. Those are quite nice, too.
  4. Melonthief


    Jan 25, 2013
    Buy a used bass. Almost anything made in Japan in the 80's is far superior to what you can buy new for the same price. Also don't be discouraged by instruments that have cosmetic damage like chips or scratches that don't affect sound or playability. These are almost never visible from stage anyway.
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  6. CaptMoustache


    Feb 26, 2014
    I thought about a MIM standard but I mainly heard bad thing about it, maybe a deluxe would be good choice ?

    What kind of Japanese bass are you referring too ? Aren't Fender jazz bass MIJ rare and expensive ?

    For now I think I might take a CV on guitar center. Does any one know how it compare to a g&l l2000?
  7. Melonthief


    Jan 25, 2013
    In the 80's Charvel, Washburn, yamaha, Aria, Westone and many more brands were made at the Matsumoku and FujIGen factories. Many of them are extremely well made, better than any Fender. If you keep an eye on eBay you can did them for around $300- sometimes less.
  8. oldrookie


    May 15, 2007
    Avon, IN
    Proud G&L Tribute L2500 owner here. Drive the couple of hours. The bass is worth it.
  9. oldrookie


    May 15, 2007
    Avon, IN
    Check this out

    The Squier basses you asked about are very solid basses as well. Can't really go wrong with any of the ones you mentioned. The G&L is just more versatile.
  10. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    We frequently say pardon my French...... Buy the bass!
  11. Jazzbassguy


    Jul 18, 2009

    Yep - Just got my 2002 MIM Jazz for $300 last week. I'm very happy with it!



  12. Jazzbassguy


    Jul 18, 2009
  13. EdgeXXL


    Dec 13, 2013
    Tucson Arizona
    I have two G&L basses and they are both great. I have a US made L-2000 and a SB-2 Tribute model. I have had both Fender Jazz and Precision basses and much prefer the G&L's. If you tried one I am sure you would like it.
  14. JennySuzuki


    Dec 18, 2013
    I have a friend who likes to say that the difference between Americans and Europeans is that Europeans think 100 miles is a long distance, and Americans think 100 years is a long time.

    Buy the G&L. Drive the two hours. Welcome to America. ;)
  15. CaptMoustache


    Feb 26, 2014
    The problem isn't much about driving. I just wanted to know which one was the 'best'.
    People seems to like the g&l better but when listening to oldrookie's link:
    and comparing with this one:

    I seems to like the squier sound better...

    I think I'm just gonna follow Malak the Mad's advice and get a used one on GC.

    Thank you all for your help.
  16. okcrum

    okcrum in your chest Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2009
    Verde Valley, AZ
    Endorsing Artist: Dark Horse strings
  17. CaptMoustache


    Feb 26, 2014
    I like them both but from what I've heard the MIM jazz bass can be a hit or miss and most of the time the CV are better.
  18. I don't think so. Either one can be hit or miss. I had an 07/08 MIM and it was very solid. Personally, I'd take the MIM over the CV or VM, any day.
  19. CaptMoustache


    Feb 26, 2014
    I actually really like the sunburst MIM that jazzbassguy has (specially with a tort pick guard :D) and there is some used one GC for $270... I'm gonna go and try both CV and MIM tomorrow even though I might not see the differences because of my skills :atoz:
  20. Malak the Mad

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

    Then perhaps base your decision on which feels best? Later, if you decide you aren't satisfied with the sound, you can always modify ("mod") a Fender or Squier later.
  21. Let me suggest that if are not in a big hurry,
    take your time and try out as many basses as you can.
    $300 can get you a MIM Fender, 2 used Squires,
    one or two US Peaveys, etc.

    There are a lot of basses out there.
    Find the one that truely speaks to you.

    You will know it when you find it.
    It will say, here I am, the ONE you were seeking.
    Take me home.