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Best P for < $1000

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jkazam, Jun 11, 2020.

  1. jkazam


    May 25, 2007
    I figure it’s time to try a classic 4 string P bass with flats after playing exclusively Warwick with rounds for > 20 years (4 and 5 string). I have a Sandberg VM5 on order but plan to use rounds on that. Used or new would be fine and I prefer something on the lighter side.

    I’m somewhat interested in a Sandberg Electra vs4 which has a basswood body and goes for around 700-750. Maybe an FGN if I could find one with classic styling. I have disliked every fender I have ever played in the big box music stores though to be fair the set ups were never any good.

    Do you all have any recs?
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  2. rufus.K


    Oct 18, 2015
    Glarry or Burning Fire.
    Maybe an SX if you can find one.
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  3. SJan3


    Dec 8, 2010
    Try a Fender Player Precision.
    All the P bass you need at around $600+-
    Alder body, alnico pup, classic shape, usually light weight. Mine is 8.6lbs. Easy truss adjustment.
    You really don't need more.
  4. 707GK


    Jun 13, 2013
    You won’t be upset with an FGN NeoClassic P. I have one and it satisfied my GAS for a P bass. The build quality is far above their price point. I believe there is a dealer, @LowEndLobster knows where to get them at screaming deals, for under $1,000 delivered. Hopefully he can chime in.

    I love the tone of pickup. Very old school, woody and growly.
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  5. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    You can often find some of the used Lakland Glaub skylines for well under 1k... those are great Basses. Also, the Fender Road Worn P and Nate Mendel models are fantastic.
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  6. jkazam


    May 25, 2007
    Looks interesting if I could find one. How’s the neck? I really like a C profile with satin finish.
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  7. jkazam


    May 25, 2007
    These also look awesome. Know how the neck is on these?
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  8. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    I’ve seen Laklands with a few different necks, from 1.5” nuts to 1.75” nuts... can’t remember if they were all Glaubs, but they we’re all Ps

    the RW Fender P has a 1.75” nut, and the Mendel is “I believe” around 1 5/8” or so. Super comfortable.

    All these are Wonderful instruments
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  9. buldog5151bass

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

    Oct 22, 2003
    If you look here in the classifieds, you will find lots of MIA Fenders, likely to be set up much better than what you have found in most stores.
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  10. LadyLoveStingRay5


    Jul 17, 2004
    Squier CV 60’s Precision ( crafted in China model) .
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  11. 707GK


    Jun 13, 2013
    The neck is the nicest neck I’ve played. I think it’s a C profile (not really sure). It’s chunky...but only 40mm at the nut so also slim, but not as slim as a Jazz bass. It’s just a really nice neck...the “Goldilocks” neck in terms of width and thickness, IMO...just right. And their “CFS” seems to work as I can get lower, more consistent action on this bass than any other I’ve owned. It is a gloss neck so you may not like that, but I don’t notice the gloss when transitioning from my satin neck Jazz to the FGN. I can’t say anything bad about it.
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    Jun 13, 2005
    If you're handy I would recommend putting together a parts bass.
  13. jkazam


    May 25, 2007
    That would potentially be really fun and something I could see myself going deep down the rabbit hole on. Thanks!
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  14. Give a chance to an Yamaha BB 424.
  15. Speakz


    Nov 9, 2017
    The parts bass route is quite fun and you can get a nice instrument at that price point depending on wood and finish choices. I've built one warmoth guitar and one jazz bass both of which sound fantastic. Nice to be able to pick the exact neck dimensions you like.
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  16. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    Woody classic p vibe - Fender Vintera P.
    Turbo charge P vibe - G&L Tribute L100.
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  17. jkazam


    May 25, 2007
    Thanks! Vintera definitely has the look! And I may actually be able to play one before buying so that’s a plus.
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  18. Ask yourself this question. Have you ever heard anyone say I played a lakland, And i didn't like how it felt? There is a reason. My American Fender P has a real nice spot in the closet. Lakland Skyline P's have a build quality far above Fender. Necks are satin finished smooth as silk.
  19. The OP hates Fender basses....but wants a P-bass. This is thread should prove productive. :rolleyes:
  20. SJan3


    Dec 8, 2010
    He probably hasn't played one he liked...yet.
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