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best bass for around 400

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sielski, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. sielski


    Feb 21, 2008
    explains itself :)
    what do you think is the best bass to buy for around 400.
  2. All I know for sure is that it is a used bass, not a new one.
  3. CraigG


    Mar 14, 2006
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    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.
  4. Find a used Peavey T-40, T-45 or T-20 or any American made Peavey.
  5. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    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
    35" scale
    Tops the scales at around 9 lbs

    Here are some pics

  6. bonzo4880


    Sep 16, 2007
    Baltimore, MD
    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.
  7. p0k

    p0k I play the bass and design things.

    Feb 6, 2007
    Brockton, MA
    used G&L tribute.
  8. CH Design

    CH Design Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2007
    Ottawa, ON
    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.
  9. 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.
  10. silversport


    Dec 13, 2007
    I keep seeing nice Carvin basses in the $400's show up in TB classifieds...
  11. Barkless Dog

    Barkless Dog Barkless to a point

    Jan 19, 2007
    Jack Casady
  12. derelicte


    Dec 25, 2007
    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.

  13. afireinside


    Jan 3, 2008

    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
  14. Barisaxman

    Barisaxman Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 17, 2005
    Omaha, NE
    Yamaha BB series, new or used...best bang for the buck IMHO.

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