What is the best bass for dollar value out there. I'm talking serious instruments, and yes the p-bass is a serious instrument, but so is the Dingwall (obviously). I really don't want to hear any of that Ibanez cr@p though, I know some guys like that stuff but I mean c'mon. I guess if you have favorites for recording and live situations post both, and price ranges, why you like, etc... Here I'll start! I still like my 71 p-bass, I really think the 70's p-basses are a good value for the dollar, and very practical in almost every situation. Allot of 74 p-basses seem to be used in recording studio's, and just give a great tone, so I'm sure 74 and prior would make a great date for just about anybody.