Best Bass under 300$?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by HoosierBassist, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. HoosierBassist


    Dec 18, 2010
    I am looking to probably buy a 2nd bass, as a backup bass to my Sterling RAY34. I am thinking probably a Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass, or a Vintage Modified P bass. what is the best bass for 300$ or less?
  2. Hapa


    Apr 21, 2011
    Tustin, CA
    Used OLP mm, with a nordstrand pickup in it

  3. What you said, either VM Jazz or VM Precision and there is no need to spend money on a pickup swap.
  4. New SBMM SUB series. All are under $300 new.
  5. ThudThudThud


    Jun 4, 2010
    +1 on SUB RAY4
  6. seang15


    Aug 28, 2008
    Cary NC
    Sounds like you already know! Squier VM anything.
  7. You can still find Classic Vibe basses in your price range. You might like them better than the Vintage Modified.
  8. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    +2 on SUB RAY4
  9. chiron_griffin


    Apr 19, 2012
    I played some of the new SUBs while I was out looking for short scales, and I was pleased. Though I love my VM Jazz too.
  10. lmfreeman9

    lmfreeman9 Supporting Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    Used Made in USA Peavey Fury blows away all.
  11. Tanner5382


    Sep 26, 2010
    Canton, GA
    Gotta second the peavey. But you never know what you may find. I bought a used 1970 Guild JS-1 last month for $200. Search around in stores or craigslist and ebay.
  12. He might. He might not. Who knows. A good suggestion, nonetheless. Any of the Vintage Modifieds or Classic Vibes would do anyone well.
  13. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    Look at Ibanez ATK.
  14. I nabbed my current Guild Pilot for $267 a couple years back.... big win!! oh, and +1 to the Peavey Fury....dangerous bass for the cash
  15. PDGood

    PDGood Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    I like all of the above suggestions, Squier, SUB, Peavey, and Ibanez. I'd add the Ibanez SRX line which has been discontinued but is still in stores (and available at great prices due to being discontinued). They have the fast Ibanez neck and are very versatile tone wise.
    I like the Squier's best for the classic Fenderish tone, but the SRX to me has more different tones.
    Oh, and I picked up a Peavey Zodiac that absolutely captures the Fender vibe. Got it used for $70. Plays like a dream.
  16. Something used, whatever you like.

    If you are set on new, I don't think you can go wrong with a Squier VM. Who knows, it might even become your #1! These days I come pretty close to splitting my playing time 50-50 between my Warwick Thumb and my Squier VM Jazz.
  17. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Used bass for best under $300 imo.
  18. SBMM have nothing but amazing reviews for the price. I personally have never had the chance to play one but am looking into possibly getting one in the near future. Has anyone played the Spector Preformers? Those look pretty rad too and are under 300 from what I've seen
  19. Sterling by Music Man SUB Ray4-WS is beast
  20. swamp2


    Feb 27, 2008
    +1 on the US Peavey Fury. Picked this one up off local CL this weekend for $175 with hard case. Very nice instrument and in near-perfect condition. I also have a Forum I converted to fretless, and 2 T-20's. The Fury is the most expensive one of the bunch.

    Old US Peaveys are the best value out there, IMHO. I have a Squier Jag short scale which I'm very happy with, but the Peavey's just have a feel of substance and quality that I don't get with the Squier.