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Best P-bass for under $1500

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by brianh, Apr 30, 2006.

  1. brianh


    Aug 19, 2005
    Endorsing: Epifani Amplification
    So...I'm just comparing my options..

    Whats the best P-Bass for under $1500:

    Lakland skyline Bob Glaub
    anything else?
  2. Humabass

    Humabass Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2002
    Northern Virginia
    Check out Guitargai.com.
  3. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I'd say a Valenti built to specs. They play wonderfully.
  4. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    Fender '57 or '62 Reissue, or a pick of the litter MIA P.
  5. ElBajista


    Dec 13, 2005
    Sebring, FL
    I opened this thread with the thought to yet again shamelessly promote Glaub P basses, but now I'm conflicted. I've never played a Valenti, but I'm sure that the attention to detail and workmanship is stellar.

    Now that I think about it, I'd go with a Valenti for that price range. You'll get a completely custom bass, and also get to pick a different finish than the Skyline Glaub's 2 or 3 options.

    But, can you even get a Valenti for $1500? I thought that they started around there before you added all the bells and whistles.
  6. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
  7. Hollow Man

    Hollow Man Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2003
    Springfield, VA
    Never tried a Valenti, but I'm sure Nino could make you a killer bass.

    As for me, I'm stickin' with my Skyline Glaub with a Dark Star. :D
  8. lefty007


    Jan 19, 2004
    Miami, FL
  9. scuba steve

    scuba steve

    Dec 28, 2005
    Hillsboro, Tx
    +1. i love fender.
  10. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
  11. withdevil


    Apr 23, 2005
    is nino a criminal......
  12. ElBajista


    Dec 13, 2005
    Sebring, FL
    That is, if you find a good one. I chose Lakland for the consistency of (outstanding) quality and the stock Fralin pickup that kills. The option of replacing the Fralin with a Darkstar makes it that much better.

    Also, the great customer service of Lakland doesn't hurt either.
  13. rhythm


    Dec 4, 2005

    Ha, yeah, I'm not really a huge Fender fan, but if you want a P-bass, why not buy a P-bass!
  14. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    The wonderful thing about P Basses is that you don't have to spend a lot of money to have a nice one...

    I have a MIM P Bass that I bought used for $200. Shortly after, I bought a used MIA Hot Rodded P (for about $700). When it came time to choose which one to keep, I kept the MIM...it's truly wonderful. It's also much, much better (playing/sounding) than the brand new 1974 P Bass that I got as a teenager...

    I don't think you could go wrong with either one you mentioned, but I honestly don' think you need to spend that much.

    Find the P Bass that sounds/feels right for you and then worry about the price.
  15. Is it really a "P" with a Darkstar?

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    G&L SB 2 .
  17. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    IMO USA Fender is just as consistent as Lakland. American Fenders are very nice instruments.
  18. EricF

    EricF Habitual User

    Sep 26, 2005
    Pasadena, CA
  19. BigMikeW

    BigMikeW Banned

    May 25, 2005
    Nashville, TN.
    Banned by TB Administration for refusal to account for funds

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