Best new or used bass for ~$100

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MtnGoat, Oct 15, 2001.

  1. MtnGoat

    MtnGoat Guest

    May 7, 2000
    I need to get a cheap 4 string bass for teaching since my students are all 4 string players and my 5s and 6s mess with their heads too much. What is the best I could do for about $100, or should I just plunk down the large coin and get a 4 string "super" jazz bass?
  2. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck Guest

    Sep 26, 2000
    For $100 you ain't goin to get much, I'm afraid to say. If we're talking new, your only real option is a Rogue, which is up to you whether or not you want to go that route. Do a search on that particular brand and you'll get varying opinions. For about $185-$200, you could get an Epiphone Accu-Bass. It's a knockoff of a P-Bass (Get it, P-Precision, Accu-Accuracy... yeah, never mind), and rock-solid bass for that money. Squires are in the same price range... Many players in like school jazz bands have the "school bass" which is usually a Squire, so they can't be all that bad.

    Used, it's whatever you can find. You might find a MIM Fender somewhere for around $200, maybe, I'm not to keen on the used market right now.

    Good luck!
  3. berklee46

    berklee46 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2000
  4. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts

    Go used of course. Any Squier, Yamaha or Ibanez you can get your hands on.

    Hey, if you're teaching why are you asking US? Don't your students ever ask you these questions? What are THEY playing?
  5. Blackbird

    Blackbird Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Squier Affinity Precision

    De Armond Pilot 4

    Your options would more than triple if you were willing to double your budget.
  6. chipmolter

    chipmolter Guest

    Aug 27, 2001
    Baltimore, MD
    The Squier is what you want, IMHO, for a student bass. It's got a smaller scale, a nice feel, and it sounds halfway decent. You don't want to take the risk that you'll turn off students with a hard to play instrument. There's a good chance you'll find a used one for $100; hit the yard sales and read the PennySaver. Otherwise, you can get a new one for $150 at

    Good luck.
  7. craigb

    craigb G&L churnmeister Supporting Member

    I tried to post last night but was rejected by the "too busy" server.

    The Dearmond Pilot standard is being closed out at $99 my Musicians Friend and that's probably the best new $99 bass you are going to find. I have one of the Pros (nicer features) that was about twice that on closeout (those are all gone).

    The Fender/Squier line seems decent. My drummer has a Squier P-bass that is OK, I'll use it if I don't have a bass with me and we do practice on short notice. I wouldn't buy one for myself but for a beater/beginner type bass it's a decent value. There's nothing wrong with the feel/playability or sound that would make it unpleasant or a problem to play, it's just not as nice as a lot of other instruments (albeit ones that cost more).

    If you were really going all out there may still be some MTD Beasts available at $450. Another discontinued line that is being blown out. I have one and it's a very nice bass, particularly for the money.

    I'm selling my Pilot Pro and Beast but they are both beyond your $100 desired limit. If I had $100, wanted a 4-string and wanted it new I'd get the Dearmond Pilot standard.
  8. Yeah, there don't seem to be very many good $100 basses, although I did get a Yamaha RBX250 on eBay for $55. For that kind of money, I can't really complain. Otherwise, the DeArmond is probably it.
  9. MtnGoat

    MtnGoat Guest

    May 7, 2000
    Thanks everybody for the input.
    Brianrost, all of my students have the $200+ price range bass. I really just need something dirt cheap that I can show them a few scales etc and let the student do most of the playing. Tone doesn't really matter, especially considering that I play through a 10W bass amp while teaching. I just want somthing that I can tune and I can adjust to be somewhat playable.
    I should have looked at the garage sales over the summer.