Best sub $550 P-style bass.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jiant., Sep 11, 2006.

  1. jiant.


    Jul 3, 2004
    Fort Mill, SC
    So what's the best P bass that I can get for $550 or less? I've heard that the RI's are best, but I don't know if any of these fall into my pricerange or anything. Thanks for any advice you can give me. -Brad
  2. Save up 30$ more and get one of the pre-06 Highway Ones. Awsome basses they are. The best you can do for sub-600$ Fenders, IMHO.

    Another option would be a standard MIM that you can mod, new Pup, CTS Pots, BadAss bridge. All together would add up to about 550 after its all said and done.
  3. check out the japanese fenders, the above mentioned old highway ones, or if you troll around a bit you might be able to find a used american p-bass for about 600.
  4. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Get an old USA Peavey Fury. They are very well made and sound great. They are well under $550. There is one for sale on TB right now for $200. I feel these are equal to MIA P-basses or Skyline Glaub basses except they have sweet, thin jazz style necks, usually with nice maple fingerboards.:cool:
  5. opium89

    opium89 Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2004
  6. jiant.


    Jul 3, 2004
    Fort Mill, SC
    I had looked at some of those, but I'm not wanting a P/J, just a straight up p-bass.
  7. v-12


    Mar 3, 2005
    FL Panhandle
    used MIA precision. I think I picked mine up in near perfect shape for ~$450.
  8. ryan_adelphi


    Aug 21, 2006
    so whats the deal with the upgrade 06 highway 1's? I played an old one and they freaking rule! do the new upgrades not make much of a difference?
  9. Bigoo7e

    Bigoo7e Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2005
    Haughton, Louisiana

    My thoughts exactly!

    I would check and see if you could nab up a good 62 MIJ RI man... those are mighty fine basses and they have that old school neck which I personally love! It's not too chunky but its so wide and fast. :) It's always a good idea to check this seller on ebay, check him out... he always has "new" MIJ/CIJ guitars and basses for sale... shipping will be on the very high side because you are getting them direct from Japan though! :smug:

    My MIJ Jazz 70's jazz bass is the best sounding/playing "Fender" I have ever put my hands on, even before my re-fret, strings, and setup... now it's butta, I mean better! Unless a MIA counterpart knocked my socks after playing one I would buy a CIJ/MIJ Fender bass sight unseen anyday!

    Good luck with the hunt.

  10. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Easy: used 51 Precision reissue...
  11. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Shaker Heights, OH
    used MIA p or used Highway One P.
  12. srxplayer


    May 19, 2004
    Highland, CA
    It seems so obvious. A MIM Fender P-Bass. The new ones are shielded and have a nicer finish quality on the neck. QC is much improved and they are about $450.00 retail.
  13. +1 on the Japanese Fenders. I'm very happy with the '62 reissue P-bass that I bought 2 months ago from Ishibashi.
  14. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Realistically, it will be hard to go wrong. If the "lowest" you set your sights are the MIM P-bass, you're still coming away with a kick-ass instrument that is very giggable. With all of the suggestions above, I would say it's just a matter of finding the model that fits your personal preferences and finish requirements.

    Personally, I own a Highway 1 P (the pre-06), and it rocks my world. They probably only made them better this year by adding the Badass bridge and something else, but those go for pretty cheap used and I think are an excellent value. The only drawback (which isn't a big deal to some) is that the raw finish that scratches easily.