What is your favorite P/J style bass for under $500?

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  1. aparker82

    aparker82 Supporting Member

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    Mine would have to be a Fender Lyte, had a chance to buy one a couple years back and passed...wished I would have snagged it when I had the chance. Anyways, what's your favorite?
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  3. GK Growl

    GK Growl

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    I'm in love with my new Squier Precision Bass Standard (P/J), so much so I just bought another one. Before that, the only P/J I owned was a Fender Precision Bass Plus (Lace sensors, boner bass). Sounded OK but I always thought the Lace Sensors sounded very sterile.
  4. Thundar

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    Spector NS2A or Yamaha BB
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  6. Risen Ashes

    Risen Ashes

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    Peavey Zodiac's.
  7. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

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    Ditto on the Squier. I am looking for a second one now. This is really an amazing instrument. However, I am a Peavey fan, and you have encouraged me to look for a Zodiac! the GAS never stops.
  8. aparker82

    aparker82 Supporting Member

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    Do the squiers sounds as good as a lyte or better perhaps?
  9. Bobster

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    I'm very happy with my Fender Modern Player Jaguar. I did put a DP148 DiMarzio in the bridge position to go noiseless. I also went to stacked 62 style pots.

    Very well made instrument for not much cash, and my favorite P/J ever.

    Bob
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    Modern player jaguar!
  11. JACink

    JACink

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    I am very happy with my Squier VM Jaguar "Standard", but then again, you don't get much for under 500$ around here!
  12. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather Supporting Member

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    My Faux Fender Squier. Completely tricked out. New tuners, Fender Bridge w/threaded saddles, Straploks, EMG active P/J with BTC & EMG concentric Volume/volume knob.
  13. MrPierre

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    I have an Ibanez Roadstar II (P-bass) from the early eighties that I absolutely love. Paid 175$ for it 5 years ago, it was my first bass.

    I'll play that bass until it dies on me before I get a modern Squier.
  14. JMac- Wiskerface Designs

    JMac- Wiskerface Designs Terror headcase dude Supporting Member

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    This!
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    NKBassman Nerd Supporting Member

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    If I'd go out and buy one right now, I'd pick up an LTD Vintage 4
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    I know the Yamaha BB's are under $500, but can you get an NS2A for that?
    Dont get me wrong I had one and I LOVED it, but I thought the used ones were a little above $500 lately.

    I'd also like to know if the OP wants active or passive. If he wants passive I recommend the Schecter Model T.
    Brand new they're $100 over budget but used ones can be had for less. I got mine new on Amazon a couple years ago for about $375 when they were doing one of those deals where they keep dropping the price everyday until a couple get sold and then the price goes back up.
    Its an excellent bass- I got the butterscotch finish- maple neck with rosewood FB, alder body, Duncan SPB-2 and SJB-2 pickups (the 'hot' version of that series) and it sounds tremendous!
  17. maxschrek

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    The original early 80's Hamer Cruisebasses, what's not to love about an all mahagony, set neck P/J Jass bass;).
  18. smogg

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    Late '80's USA Peavey Foundation S. Best P/J I have ever owned or played. If I were to ever move back to a 4 string that is the bass I would seek out.
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    Zoa

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    Yamaha BB
  20. aparker82

    aparker82 Supporting Member

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    I've owned both active and passive and would be fine with either, just looking for something that plays well and has a great tone :)
  21. Groovy_Gravy

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    i have a squier p bass special, i use it live all the time!

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