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Best P-Bass for $400

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by vernhillbass, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. vernhillbass


    May 11, 2012
    Hey TBer's, what's the best P-bass for $400? Been watching my local CL and our classifieds but would love some opinions. I did find a nice 51 Reissue but without the ash trays and pickguard for $475 but would like to stay at $400.
  2. twc1313

    twc1313 Supporting Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    Pittsburgh, Pa
    I'd say a squier vintage modified or a classic vibe. I have the VM in amber with maple fretboard. You can get them for around 279$
  3. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Napa, California
    + 1
    Also a used Mexican Fender P.
    Left field selection 80's Yamaha BB400
  4. ugly_bassplayer

    ugly_bassplayer Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    My moded Yamaha Pulser. I've compared to many others and this thing feakin kills.

  5. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Los Angeles California
    There isnt much in the way of fenders for $400 or less unless you get a deal.You can get a MIM standard though. Personally my favorite P basses in that price range would be a classic vibe squier or a older MIJ Ibanez Roadstar.

    My main working bass is a squier 60s P in sonic that I got for $175 shipped on GC used site.
  6. msact


    Jan 8, 2013
    Somewhere in NJ
  7. Charley Umbria

    Charley Umbria I'm Really a Drummer Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    Rock City, TN
    MIA Peavey Fury?
  8. bigchiefbc

    bigchiefbc Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    Rhode Island, USA
    I'd say either the Squier VM or the Freeman Signature. Both rockin p's for cheap. And I preferred both of them to MIM's I was able to try.
  9. superheavyfunk

    superheavyfunk Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    If it only needs to have "P" pickups to qualify, may I suggest the Yamaha BB series? Used, I've seen the active one going for $350... Personally I feel these basses are incredibly versatile and severely underappreciated.
  10. truckin88


    Oct 18, 2001
    Newburgh, NY
    I second mia fury they are bargains and tone monsters. The one I have I got a great deal on and it is one of the best playing basses I have had, plus it just growls...very aggressive more thank my fender with 1/4 pounders

  11. What's the country of manufacture on that '51? If it's a Fender Japan model, you better buy that thing before I do!!!

  12. s4001


    Feb 2, 2009
    If you're not adverse to slinging some screwdrivers, a parts bass. I just built a 57 Ri with Fender Original 62's for less than $250.
  13. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    Squier Classic Vibe 60 P = Nice vibe ,solid build, stable neck, OK-weight, easy-playing-vintage-fret, great looking,worth for money.
  14. bassdog


    May 23, 2005
    Atlanta, Ga
  15. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
  16. vernhillbass


    May 11, 2012
    Yeah, it's a 2005-2006 from Japan. Also found a Sting model at $550 but trying to talk him down. I saw that the 51 Japanese are +$700 at GC. Are they that good?
  17. Clouz

    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola

    Jan 26, 2013
    used MIM P Bass
  18. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    MIA Peavey Fury, or MIJ Ibanez Blazer of Roadstar P copy. These three are better than any MIM in that range, IMO. The roadstars come in p and p-j configurations ( as well as a ton of other configs, but not really p-comparable)
  19. MascisMan


    Nov 21, 2003
    Dallas, Tx
    I bought my MIJ 1981 Yamaha BB800 P-Bass used here on TB for $400 and it has been fantastic!