Best "Affordable" Basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FatBottomThump, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. Squier

    143 vote(s)
  2. Yamaha

    58 vote(s)
  3. Xaviere

    2 vote(s)
  4. Brice

    1 vote(s)
  5. Ursa

    9 vote(s)
  6. Hadean

    1 vote(s)
  1. Ibanez
  2. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    None of the above. For best low price basses Id go with $300-$400 range Esp Ltd,. Jackson, & Ibanez.
  3. Catbuster


    Aug 25, 2010
    Louisville, KY.
    Yammy RBX170: Best low-budget bass available

    Outside of that, I say Squier
  4. low2groove

    low2groove Tyranis 4 / Lower Groove Guitars

    Jan 21, 2007
    Ibanez makes those Squires and all the others you asked about look like sour milk.
  5. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    RBX170 doesn't get enough love in the world. A Fantastic bass at that price.
  6. Astreaux


    Aug 31, 2012
    +1 on that!!
  7. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Lake Conroe, TX
    I voted Yamaha. Some of the Made in Japan models are quite nice. :D:D

    I haven't heard of about half of the others.
  8. Malak the Mad

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

    Sadly, I haven't had the opportunity to fiddle around with all the brands on the poll or the thread's "write-ins". That being said, my personal opinion says "Squier", especially my Standard P-Bass Special.
  9. I've played literally none of these... I have played an Ibanez before, though, and it was an excellent bass. I agree with a lot of the other posters, in that I think Ibanez should've been included in the poll... Needless to say, I didn't vote.
  10. soulman969

    soulman969 Inactive

    Oct 6, 2011
    Englewood, Colorado
    Well it's pretty clear that all brands that should have been included were not but of those the OP DID include then yes, Squier CVs and VMs would have an edge over the others.
  11. Um...

    I really like Schecters for the money, Squier VMs and Ibanez. Yamaha basses always seem decently made to me as well.

    The real answer is play them and see what speaks to you.
  12. Proraptor


    Apr 19, 2012
    Ibanez, end of thread
  13. 4StringsEnough


    Mar 9, 2008
    This. Though I'll add in Cort as being another brand producing fantastic basses at reasonable prices. They make most other brands' basses anyway....
  14. mystic38


    Dec 4, 2012
    Mystic CT
    in this price range, Ibanez by a long mile..

  15. Ultimately it comes down to the sound and tone you're looking for. Once that question is answered, you start leaning towards certain brands. For me though, I'd go with Squier or Yamaha.
  16. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    They're really close as far as pricetag go (less than $. 300.00)

    The first one (the cheaper) is an ultra affordable alder body passive P/J bass
    The second one (bit pricier) yet ultra affordable alder body passive exposed polepieces humbuckers with two band active equalizer

    You can resell'em anytime, anyplace 'cause each and everybody relies on Yamaha entry level quality control

  17. THIS.
    Thus I vote "Carrots".
  18. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    ESP basses are terrific!
  19. Ibanez....great price, great bass
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