Budget P copies with alder bodies

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DavidEdenAria, Dec 25, 2014.

  1. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    So I am looking around for a decent quality P bass copy but it needs to have an alder body and pretty much straightforward P bass otherwise.

    A slightly different body is fine.

    This would be for a nephew......I found a Yamaha BB200 in 32 scale and it is near minty with an alder body for under $150.

    Any brand is fine, but it must be an alder body and high overall build quality.
  2. George Mann

    George Mann Inactive

    May 27, 2012
    The Yamaha is probably as close as you are going to get.
  3. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    Cmon, there has to be at least one more solid alder P copy besides a Yamaha BB series!

  4. Chinese Squier Affinity.
    Alder body and about as P bass as you can get.
    However, if your nephew has small hands, maybe the 32" scale Yamaha is a plus.
  5. Turock


    Apr 30, 2000
    Chinese Squier Affinity.
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  7. Or this one from Thomann in Germany


    It's 139 euro delivered to the US bit pricey though that's $169.

    You get 30 days return even though it's from Germany and 3 years warranty.

    There's a Harley Benton owners club just started on here too_OK I'm club member #2:)
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  8. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    Actually the Yamaha BB200 has a big beefy neck with some flamed maple to boot....its just that Yamaha are always high quality in their price range.

    Curious how the Chinese Squier Affinity compares with overall quality?
  9. SX and Xavier both make alder body P-bass copies.
  10. dukeandrews


    Jan 24, 2014
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  11. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    Pretty cool bass in the end!

    I would have to find a Squier with alder body for cheap as in say less than $70....then I am game.... but I have other projects needing completed sadly.

    Not worth the effort to start with a $150 to $200 bass that I would need to mod quite a bit and then maybe not like it in the end...plus I would likely lose cash just in parts invested let alone my time.
  12. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Why does it have to have a alder body?
  13. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    I wanted it to be closer to a traditional P bass body wood....nothing against other woods for basses though, my USA Peavey Foundation & Fury aren't alder and sound great!
  14. Geogio


    Jan 15, 2013
    90ish Corts P-bass plus the neck width at the nut is a little bit over 1.75, which puts it in the category of the older P's that Fender produced in the 60s when the neck differences between the P and the J models were significant. I actually prefer the wider neck at the nut of the old P' s, and the Cort that I found (used), fit the bill perfectly.
    The tuning machines on the Cort are licensed by Schaller and of course the guts had to be replaced with EMG passives in A5
    to help represent that early Fender sound which were alnico 5 on Jazz's... but I'm not sure about the P's.
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