Best P Bass for the money

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Michael Kennedy, Apr 18, 2024.

  1. Michael Kennedy

    Michael Kennedy

    Feb 8, 2020
    Hey Fellow Bass Players,

    What, in your opinion is the best P Bass on the market for the money?
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  2. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    All depends on the money, and your goals. I wouldn't trade my Lull P4 for any other precision.
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  3. Mike Vee

    Mike Vee Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Best for the money is really hard to say. The best for ANY amount of money of course would be a mint condition 1963 or something like that. For a reasonable amount of money, I’d say the American Special Precision.
  4. Minimalist

    Minimalist Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Stone Mountain, GA
    The one you like the best and can afford. Just because it's old, doesn't mean you will like it. Just because it has a certain name on the headstock, doesn't mean you will like it.
  5. bdgotoh

    bdgotoh Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2002
    Pacific NW
    Definitely try as many as you can. For me it's the Mike Lull P4.

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  6. Heiwa


    Jun 5, 2022

    A first gen Squier CV 60s or a Matt Freeman sig.

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  7. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    There’s a guy on here selling a 50’s American Original for about $1550. That’s my pick for best P-bass for the price
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  8. ad9000

    ad9000 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2004
    Pasadena, CA
    If you're ok wth a maple neck, I'd say a Fender Road Worn P - I have one and love it. I swapped the pickups out for Kleins, but the originals aren't bad.
    For quite a while they could be bought used in the $700-800 range, but in the last couple of years they've jumped up to $1000-1100. Still a bargain at that price IMO.

    If you can get past the appearance, I've heard good things about the Fender Japan Aerodyne Special P-basses, but I have yet to play one. They seem to be out there used in the $700 range or less.

    Also, G&L's are great for the $.
  9. 75Ric

    75Ric Supporting Member

    Feb 13, 2019
    Another vote for the Mike Lull P4. It’s definitely a personal thing. I would try as many different p-bassets as I could. But the Mike Lull P4 is clearly a special bass. Modeled after an early 60s p-bass (63?) its everything you want in a p-bass, and then some. I’ll never sell mine.
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  10. IPA


    May 5, 2010
    South TX
    Player P
  11. _One//Man//Mutiny_

    _One//Man//Mutiny_ Gold Supporting Member

    Fender player P in “limited edition” Ocean Turquoise, awesome colorway and excellent feeling and paying bass! It sounds like a P bass, because it is a P bass!
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  12. matti777

    matti777 Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2007
    Edmonton, Canada
    I just rented one for fun. It’s a good bass. the OP didn’t state a budget but I see TBers are already recommending big $$$ basses lol
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  13. ItsmeSantiago


    Nov 23, 2015
    I vote whatever this person is doing with their life
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  14. Lowendchamp


    Jun 27, 2021
    Shelton WA
    Bang for buck on a budget would be G&L Tribute LB100

    Im not blessed enough to afford anything nicer than my Fender Am Pro 2 on the higher priced side but I’ve played P basses that felt and sounded better
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  15. Williethump


    Sep 10, 2017
    My 2014 MIJ lightweight ash blonde bomber Fender P-bass. 20231108_090851.jpg 20231108_090959.jpg 20231108_090739.jpg Seymour Duncan pickups, TI Jazz flats, screaming tangerine shag lined HSC. Bought just like that with a great setup. I put on a wide strap but have not changed a thing: $465 USD. It will be buried with me.
  16. faulknersj

    faulknersj Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2008
    Scottsdale Az
    I’m going to say a used Fender Custom Shop or USA Lakland P Bass.
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    MARVIN MECKLER Suspended

    Apr 14, 2024
    For the money?

    No question.

    First generation Squier Classic Vibe 60s Precision Bass. Made in China. Expertly.



    Probably the best P-bass I've ever played. And I've been around a loooooong time (toooooo long) and have almost 160 basses.

    Even if money were no object. The original Squier Classic Vibe 60s Precision STILL gets the nod.
  18. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Napa, California
    Do you currently own 160 basses?
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  19. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Napa, California
    Best P bass for the money?
    I think the Squire 60's vibe delivers a lot of value for the money and so does a used Mexican P bass.
    I often see them used in stores for low prices.
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    MARVIN MECKLER Suspended

    Apr 14, 2024
    Give or take a dozen.

    I apparently have a problem.