Best Used Bass Guitars under $500?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by remcult, May 29, 2019.

  1. remcult

    remcult Supporting Member

    Dec 26, 2012
    New Jersey
    Hi y’all,

    I just joined a bar band and since I commute without a car, I’d like a solid (and solidly built) bass that I can play with that group (and maybe even store near where we play so I don’t have to carry it all the time).

    I’m looking for something that I can find used for cheap that’s relatively light. So far my top pick is a used Yamaha BB4024, which I’ve seen goes for around $300, but I’d love some more suggestions!
  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    That Yammie BB sounds like a good safe bet. You might also check if any used Sires are available near you - some of the gen 1 owners are selling theirs to upgrade to the new gen 2.

    Ahh, sorry, Sires and "relatively light" don't equate so well, unless you look for the M series rather than the (Jazz clone) V series.

    I'm sure you could also find a really nice used Ibanez in that price range...
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  3. Bass Man Dan

    Bass Man Dan Endorsing Artist: Ned Flanders' Bass-a-Reeno

    Oct 20, 2017
    Warwick Rockbass Corvette would be light and inexpensive used.
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  4. Chuck King

    Chuck King Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2006
    Look at old Peaveys. Not the T series, but the ones that came after that (Foundation, Fury, etc.). Besides being good-playing and good-sounding road warriors that would be great for a bar band, you'll end up with a good chunk of your $500 left over.

    Also, MIM Fenders.
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  5. Dain M Lynam

    Dain M Lynam

    Jun 17, 2020
  6. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    You just can't go wrong with a Yamaha. If you play 25 of the same model, they will all feel exactly the same.

    Also, Carvin is usually a good deal on a well-built bass.
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  7. Dain M Lynam

    Dain M Lynam

    Jun 17, 2020
    Hey there!
    I'm thinking that you are playing a 4 string or prefer to play a 4 string. I do. I found a 4 string bass at Guitar Center. It's called Mitchell. I have been playing bass for 34 yrs and when I picked up this $200 bass, I was surprised by how it felt. The action is real spot on and is set-up for Rock or Jazz or anything you like to play. I like mixing slap-pop with punk and funk and all between. It holds up with my roughness on it so it will do anything you wan it to do. I play through an Ampeg 2×10 450 watts amp and I enjoy it.
  8. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Another vote for a Yamaha BB – a very versatile instrument. Honorable mention to the Fender MIM basses – lots of nice pre-owned ones around for less than $500.
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