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Best bass you can get for under $1000

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by devonstone, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. devonstone


    Sep 26, 2011
    I'm a bassist on a budget. I'm really wanting a new bass and I prefer a five string. I need a great feel and a good tone. Any recommendations I should check out? Need something less than $1000
  2. FBS1996


    Feb 14, 2011
    Well, "good tone" is extremely vague. My idea of a fantastic tone could be someone else's idea of complete garbage. What music do you play?
  3. Wannaflea


    Jun 7, 2011
    Jersey, CI
    Help TB help you man, as much detail as you can write about
  4. IntrepidCellist


    Sep 10, 2009
    Schecter Stiletto Studio 5. Play a few and find one that has the weight you like. Solid electronics, great build quality, good low Bs, and excellent tone and consistency. The only variance is the weight; there are some light ones, and some real boat anchors.
  5. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
  6. redcloud


    Oct 6, 2011
    Carvin should be a place to look.
  7. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    Look for a used Spector Euro 5. Check the classifieds
  8. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    I'm sure if we took a poll here the the majority would agree that a Fender P-Bass, 5 string, American, with Flats and Tort pickguard is by far the BEST bass made. In fact, if it doesn't say Fender on it it really isn't a "real" bass at all!

    Price new is about $1300, so to meet your "under $1000" you'll need to look around used.

    (Of course to really be "best" it would have to only have 4 strings, but you did say you just "prefer" a 5 string)

    Simple. Next question? :rolleyes:
  9. RobertUI

    RobertUI Thumper Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2005
    Herndon, VA - NoVa
    Go to a store and play a TON of instruments. Find one that you like, and then look on the web to find one USED. There are SO many instruments to be had here on TB that you can do VERY well for under 1K. I have been playing semi-professionally for over 20 years, and have only spent over 1K on just a couple instruments (and I've owned over 75).
  10. devonstone


    Sep 26, 2011
    I play mostly contemporary Christian, but I dabble a little bit in a lot of styles
  11. Herrick


    Jul 21, 2010
    Munchkin Land
    This Carvin looks like a good deal. I've never played a Carvin but I've heard nothing but good things about their basses and guitars. The only downside is that you'd have to wait a while for them to build it for you...unless you can find one in stock on their website.

    Edit: RedCloud beat me to it.

    Edit #2: Hey mang, I hear the Yamaha BB 5-strings are very good. And they're passive. There are two here which are under $1,000. Happy Hunting good sir :)
  12. kai_ski


    Apr 14, 2007
    Wenatchee, WA
    USED Lakland Skyline
  13. Infrasonik B.

    Infrasonik B. Banned

    Aug 4, 2010
    Ottawa, On
    Since no specific tone is mentionned, I will suggest one that can (pretty much) do them all!

    Fender Reggie Hamilton Jazz Bass

    MIM with American parts (just get it set up and save the MIA price)

    P/J with pretty darned good stock pups


    Active EQ with Bass, Mids & Treble boost/cut

    D-Tuner for alternate tunings

    Long list of sweet features for a bass in the 800-900 (new) range (depending on location and haggling abilities)
  14. portlandguy


    Feb 15, 2011
    Portland, OR
    A used Fender MIA jazz
  15. devonstone


    Sep 26, 2011
    Anyone have any experience with Warwick rockbasses? I play a Warwick corvette 5 at church occasionally and really like it but don't know what kind of a step down I would be dealing with going to a rockbass, my local guitar stores don't keep Warwick
  16. woodsideh


    Feb 19, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
  17. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Buy used, Warwick especially.
    I've owned, bought and sold several real Germany Corvettes for a grand or less.
  18. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member


    Used Fender Jazz/Precision, Warwick Corvette/Thumb BO, Musicman Stingray/Sterling/Bongo..... there are TONS of used basses out there under $1k.

    What I love, you may hate.
  19. Dezter


    Apr 4, 2011
  20. Mister Ed

    Mister Ed

    Apr 9, 2011
    I have a RB Corvette. Build quality is good, very playable neck, hardware is solid. Only issue I have is with the preamp. Mine is active, and the Crystal Sound pre is cheap, and sounds like it.