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Best $500 bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JmD, Jan 17, 2006.

  1. JmD


    Sep 13, 2005
    I'm looking at spending £300 (£350 max), or about $500 on a bass.

    I want something it suit all styles - although I will not be slapping much.

    Second hand is an option.

    Anything suggested? I've been looking at cheaper Fender Jazz's and Tobias Pro-4's.

    Fender Jazz

    Tobias Pro-4
  2. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    The new Yamaha BB414.
  3. ThumbyAche

    ThumbyAche Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2005
    Pacific NW
    Hamer USA Cruise bass.
  4. Lorenzini


    Dec 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    Nope. A Tribute G&L L2500
  5. JJBluegrasser

    JJBluegrasser Wannabe Snazzy Dresser

    Apr 17, 2003
    USA, Raleigh, NC
    A used American P-Bass. Or for a few bucks less, a used Made in Japan P-Bass.
  6. Rumzini


    Feb 14, 2004
    Jackson, MI
    Used Lakland 55-01
  7. gamera


    Sep 20, 2004
    Gloucester, MA
    For 500$, wow that is a deal. I thought they were a lot more.
  8. doc540


    Jul 28, 2003
    Beaumont, Texas
    Ibanez SRX-700, neck thru

    Ok, not exactly $500, but $590 from Chuck Levin's

  9. craigb

    craigb G&L churnmeister Supporting Member

    Used US G&L - they can still be had for $500 if you are patient (at least in the US)
  10. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Spector Legend
  11. McHack


    Jul 29, 2003
    Central Ohio!
    Maybe an MTD Kingston Heir.
  12. alibloke


    Dec 17, 2004
    Bristol, England
    If you like Fender Jazzes you could get a very good MIJ (Fender Japan) one for that sort of money.

    You could try going through Ishibashi's webshop. Loads of cool basses not normally available in Europe.


    Haven't played the Toby so can't help there I'm afraid. HM customs might prove a headache!

    [edit] These guys sell j basses already imported to the UK, their MIJ jazzes start around the £330 mark.

  13. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    MTD Kingston
  14. schecter c4
  15. +1 on the yamaha and the g&l
  16. dgce


    Jun 17, 2001
    Massachusetts, USA
    Yes! The Yahmaha BBs, G&L Tributes for sure, but also the Ibanez SR500 or 505, and anything from The Bass Company (TBC).

  17. I was in the same boat as you a few weeks ago... i was looking at Fender Jazzes and playing a bunch of other types and ran into the Cort Artisan B4. The Bartolini mk-1 pups are sweet, and the with the onboard low, mid, and high eq settings, you can get a lot of different sounds out of it. Also there is a built in flat eq switch... GC is selling them for around $519. If you get a chance play one... I bought it and love it!:hyper:
  18. bassjus


    Mar 30, 2004
    My exact thoughts when I saw the thread.

    and how'd I know you were going to say the same thing?
  19. hey JmD where in the uk you live?? cus in birmingham there are some great tobias basses and in your budget!!!!