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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sielski, Feb 21, 2008.
what do you think is the best bass to buy for around 400.
All I know for sure is that it is a used bass, not a new one.
You can get decent new basses for that price mark but you'll likely end up with a better bass if you go used. Just make sure you also go the extra $35 to get whatever you end up with professionally set up. It can make a positive difference at any price point to have a bass set up properly.
Find a used Peavey T-40, T-45 or T-20 or any American made Peavey.
I got this one used for $400:
Peavey Millennium Plus 4
Alder body with 1/4" thick flamed maple top
Maple neck with carbon fiber support rods
Highly figured pao ferro fretboard with maple position dots
Hipshot ultralite tuners with D-Tuner
Hipshot Quadrajust 2-way bridge
Tusq imitation bone nut
Internally active jazz pickups
3-band active preamp with parametric mid frequency control
Tops the scales at around 9 lbs
Here are some pics
80s MIJ Fender - maybe im just biased.
Although some of the recent prices Ive seen on ebay might put this out of your price range, unless you get a beater.
+1 to CraigG on the setup. Even your run of the mill MIM P or J will feel and sound competent with new strings/setup/intonation.
used G&L tribute.
Check out the Squier Vintage Modified stuff. Hands down the best "cheap" bass I have ever come across. If you are looking for more strings, the Squier Active Deluxe V is a killer deal too. If you are aren't in a hurry, check the scratch & dent sales. They sometimes turn up there.
I would look for a used Japanese bass...Ibanez or like POk said a G&L...most new cheap bass guitars you will not be happy with.
I keep seeing nice Carvin basses in the $400's show up in TB classifieds...
i got my Schecter Stiletto Studio-5 for 400 even
plays great as a beginner/intermediate bass. passive emg pups but active preamp.
solid and plays smoothly.
their is was a used green 5 stringerr used in the Novi Michigan music-go-round in mint shape for $225.00!!! get that one! they ship
Yamaha BB series, new or used...best bang for the buck IMHO.