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Best bass in $700-800 range.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Sturg, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. Sturg

    Sturg Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2013
    Looking to make my first bass guitar purchase, but having read lots of information here in the forums, I have more questions than answers. I want something slightly better than an entry level instrument. I've read lots of good reviews about the sterling Ray34, Ibanez sr500, Schecter Stiletto studio 4, and Fender (not sure what models). When I went to GC I noticed that the guitars with wider necks, like the Fender precision I tried, seemed more comfortable to me. I have large hands, but not sure if that is terribly important. Just want some knowledgeable help to make a good choice. Thanks.
  2. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    If you go hunting for one, you'll easily find a used fender American standard p in that range.
  3. Matthew_84


    Nov 7, 2010
    Yeah, if the Fender P neck was the most comfortable to you then I'd suggest you start off with one of those.

    For added versatility, you may want to search for a PJ bass with a P neck (same as a Fender Precision but has an added Jazz pickup at the bridge).
  4. A used Lakland or Warmoth
  5. Reddog01


    Nov 3, 2013
    Georgetown, TX
    Fit is everything! I prefer the feel of the thinner neck, so I have an Ibby SR700. The Fender may be a much better sit for you. The Schecter has a pretty narrow neck also.
  6. I'd say have a look at the Mexican made Fender Precision and if you can find one used better still as they can be sold on at a similar price. The reason for saying that is whilst you've tried them in the shop, you may have a different view down the line (been there and done that).

    Once you get a good feel for it, then you'll be able to decide better on what you'd probably be better off with.
  7. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    I would definitely be looking for a used Fender American Standard from 2008 or newer.
  8. Used G&L.
  9. Thunderbroom


    May 7, 2002
    Give the G&L Tributes a try. I've got both a Tribute and a MIA and prefer the former.
  10. gard0300

    gard0300 Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Vandalia, Ohio
    Not sure of the neck width, but the MTD Kingston series are nice guitars. As mentioned Sterling Ray34 are nice as well.
  11. audreycashin

    audreycashin Supporting Member

    Mar 14, 2010
    long island, ny
    +1 :bassist:
  12. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

    Jan 30, 2014
    Pedulla Thunderbass
    G&L (U.S.)
    Fender American Standard
    Yamaha TRB

    You might find anything at eight hundred.
  13. EdgeXXL


    Dec 13, 2013
    Tucson Arizona

    I now have two G&L's. I bought both of them out of the TB classified's.

    One is a US G&L L-2000 and the other is a G&L Tribute SB-2.

    I love the L-2000 it play's awesome. I haven't gotten the SB-2 yet but I am sure it will play awesome too.
  14. Used Ibanez Prestige
    Used Fender Jazz
    Used G&L
    Used Yamaha TRB
    Used Spector Euro
  15. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    Ibanez Soundgear--500 or above--although above may need to be used.
  16. I recently picked up a used american sb-2 for $600 on craigslist, it is the best sounding, most comfortable bass i have owned.
  17. lakefx

    lakefx Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    That's about what I paid for my US SB-1. If you liked the P Bass, a G&L SB-1 or SB-2 will be able to get the same sound plus a more aggressive tone too. I have loved every G&L I've touched. I wish I could say the same for Fenders.
  18. Easy. Fender 50's P-Bass, Fiesta Red. EVERY bassist should own a P-Bass. Step 1: Buy P-Bass. Step 2: Buy whatever else you want.

    Keep in mind. $700–$800 is the used start off on eBay for weird-colored American P-Basses. Try this: Type "(USA,American) Fender -Squier -Squire Bass" and sort low to high. Also, at your price, you could get two used MIMs (Made in Mexico).

    Good luck. Buy Ibáñez. Buy BC Rich. Buy Spector. Buy Peavey. BUT first, Buy a P-Bass. You owe it to your legacy. Fender makes a Black Top for metal and Gold on Fiesta Red for indie rock.

    Do not be swayed by the dudes at Guitar Center. Fender has the lowest profit margin of any bass guitar at GC.

    Filthy Rich