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$200-400 Bass recommendation?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Boocap589, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. Boocap589


    Aug 26, 2013
    Hello Boocap here, Well the title does pretty much say what I need....Can anyone recommend me a good high-quality bass? $450-500 is all I can spare. (I'd also like to have some good amp recommendations)

    I'm not really a begginer and I know this will sound crazy or weird but I have been practicing bass techniques, tabs and songs with an acoustic guitar......I started as a guitar player but I got more interested in playing bass but since I can't really find any good bass guitars here in the Philippines, I really need help in picking one.

    What I am looking for

    - Good build quality, something that will last for years to come.
    - Good sound (As usual)
    - Flexibility for different genres/styles (Mainly Jazz, Rock or Indie)
    - I don't really care about the looks
    - Affordable price ($500 is my limit)

    So if you guys have any recommendations please post some worthy ones below, Thank you!
  2. used Squier
    used Yamaha
    used ibanez

    Go straight to Craigslist. Enjoy the hunt, and good luck.
  3. Cort.
  4. Clark Westfield

    Clark Westfield Floyd Pepper is my mentor!

    Jan 30, 2012
    Central Jersey
    +1 Squier VM series
  5. dderatz

    dderatz Supporting Member

    Sep 1, 2010
    Fender MIM Jazz Bass Used. Dozens on Ebay in you price range.
  6. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Used Carvins are usually in the $400-$500 range. Best bang for your buck.
  7. ben23c


    Aug 2, 2013
    Vintage Modified Squier Jazz bass (bought mine not too long ago and I recommend it to everyone) and buy a decent combo with the rest
  8. You could get a used Ibanez SR500 for under $500. That's what I have and I like it a lot - extremely comfortable to play, pretty, and good tone for what I play.

    If you're looking for something with a more classic sound, it's hard to go wrong with the Squier Classic Vibe or Vintage Modified series. You could also find a used Fender for well within your price range.
  9. CV P. If you find one used even better.
    Don't believe me? Go play one.
  10. GrumpiusMaximus

    GrumpiusMaximus I've Seen Things You People Wouldn't Believe

    Mar 11, 2013
    Kent, United Kingdom
    I picked up a Rockbass Streamer new for £199 the other day - a shop sale. English money, yes but if you look used in your market you might be able to find something equivalent.

    I would say that buying used is a better alternative though. You can't do too much wrong with a used P-bass.
  11. bostonasphalt2

    bostonasphalt2 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2007
    Field of man, MA
    Musicman SUB series. Either te current run, or the older American version.
  12. gard0300

    gard0300 Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Vandalia, Ohio
    Used Spector Legend, Mtd Kingston models, Squiers, G&L Tribute series, and US Model Peaveys.
  13. subdude67


    Jan 18, 2010

    what basses are available there on the Philippines or are you planning of having one shipped there?
  14. Squier Vintage Modified or Classic Vibe..
  15. Ibby


    Jun 24, 2013
    Ibanez SR300
  16. Definitely this, all day, every day.
  17. Engine207

    Engine207 Losing faith in humanity...one call at a time.

    Jul 10, 2008
    Higley, AZ
    I picked up a used Yamaha BB424x for a song and a dance, and it's a great feeling, sounding, and built bass...especially for that little scratch.


    But honestly, Squier CV, VM, or Fender MIM are all great options.
  18. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Squier Classic Vibe is the present and future.
  19. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    used g&l tribute?
  20. mrjim123


    May 17, 2008
    Elkhart, IN
    Used is probably the way to go, but if you want new you can't beat this, and they go for under $500: http://www.glguitars.com/instruments/TributeSeries/basses/JB-2_new/index.asp

    I own one and love it. Build quality, feel, tone - its got it all. But you should really get out there and play a bunch before you decide (for me, the feel of the neck is hugely important, and not something that can be described iin words.