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Buying a bass with Christmas money

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DropDaBass, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. DropDaBass


    Nov 3, 2012
    College student here just got early Christmas money looking to purchase a 4 or 5 string bass from the companies below

    ESP ( NOT LTD )

    There is a really nice ESP bass from Japan I am planning on getting which is going to cost around 4,500 USD

    If anyone got a esp,fender or Ibanez BTB comment below for your prices.
  2. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Not really sure what you're looking for here...

    Why are you only interested in these 3 companies?

    If you have $4500, I would get a custom build to your exact specs.
  3. mcglyph


    Aug 17, 2011
    Yeah. Lot's of good stuff, look at some other options. Carvin in particular.
  4. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    $4500 I would not be looking at any of them other then a Custom Shop Fender Pino

    If not a CS Fender I would look at Spector , Warwick, Sadowsky, MTD, or a bunch of other basses before a ESP or IBANEZ
  5. tjnkoo


    Apr 19, 2011
    Metro Atlanta
    Shop used, man. You'll get everything for a better price, and often in new-condition. Fender is always good, although they're more hit and miss in my experience with the MIM models than the other brands. I still have 3 Fenders though, so my no means am I heavily knocking em, haha. ESP seems fine enough. A friend has a six string that is sweet, and I've played a sweet fretless of theirs. Ibanez is always good, especially in the SR500+ models. I have an Ibanez SR600 that used to be my main bass and it's quite a nice instrument.
  6. tjnkoo


    Apr 19, 2011
    Metro Atlanta
    I imagine the OP meant $450?
  7. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    $450 doesn't get you anything Fender, even used.
    I think that's true for MIJ ESP too
  8. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Always puts some stank on it Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    450 can definitely get you an MIM Fender.
  9. If you meant $4500, get a custom built bass to fit exactly what you need. That's more than enough to cover that

    If you meant $450, you can get an Ibanez SR500 series used for around that price. They're great basses. Easily one of my favorite budget basses
  10. Lackey


    May 10, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Alright, sorry don't mean to be nosy but I'm a bit confused. I'm assuming you meant 450, not 4500. Because unless your daily driver is an Aventador I dunno how you could swing that much for a bass while going to school, let alone have to get feedback on an internet site, hehe. Sorry. Anyways.

    For 500 bucks a used Carvin or Yamaha would be a great bass, many dig BTBs, Fenders, and Peaveys too for easy finds. Look for MTD Kingstons and Brubaker Brutes as well, probably used too for the price range.

    I honestly have never played an ESP nor known somebody that has, so can't help. Personally I would look elsewhere.
  11. Lackey


    May 10, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Additionally, if you actually DO have 4500 bucks to spend, I honestly wouldn't unless you have zero loans and won't have any student loans by the time you graduate.

    And again, if you have to ask what bass to pick for that amount of money I'm not sure you're at a juncture where such a high price item is the right idea regardless. No offense. Stick to 1200 and below and you can get a lot of great stuff, some new and much used.
  12. DropDaBass


    Nov 3, 2012
    Not 450, I mean exactly 4,500$, four-thousand-five hundred.

    That is the bass I plan on buying, the price itself is 6300$
    but there is a shop that sells it for about 4,000. + Tax so it'll bring me to about 4,300.

    The reason why I am posting on this site is because I want to see what is available used or not. I do not want MIM bass's or made in Korea or China, either made in America or made in Japan.

    And no it isn't student loans. Both parents are lawyers and gave me 4k.

    Anyway, Fender, Esp, Ibanez are my main loves. So if you know anyone or you yourself have one up for sale. Let me know.

    Thx for all of your time.
  13. Lackey


    May 10, 2002
    Los Angeles
    ...for that much money you could buy almost any possible bass you could want new or used. Save for a few Foderas, Ritters, CTs, and their ilk..

    But if you want the ESP, go for it. Have you actually played one or even seen one though? I see it has the "finger lamp to help smooth fingering", so that should be fun, but that's about all I can gather about it from the website. Probably be the only person stateside to have one, assuming you are stateside.
  14. Sorry but i don't understand why you want a particular brand, you should go play everything you can find and buy what is the BEST for you.

    the best option imho is to go for a 1960-70's fender jazz bass, because they will actually hold their value + they are great to play
  15. You're considering dropping 4k on a bass, and youre not even sure what you want out of it?

    Get yourself a '12 MIA Jazz, and stash the rest of the cash until you know exactly what youre after
  16. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    With that much money I'd play a LOT of basses first and decide exactly what I want from a bass in terms of number of strings, scale length, neck width and profile, string spacing, pickups, onboard electronics, woods etc.

    Then I'd look around and see who makes such a bass and, if no-one does, who could make me such a bass.

    Chances are it'll be less than $4,500 for a fully custom-built instrument that meets all your wants and needs. I definitely wouldn't start with a manufacturer and just buy their most expensive model.

    So, to sum up: go try loads of basses.
  17. wednesdayagain


    Sep 28, 2012
    Go custom
  18. I would go for Fender :) Always good
  19. davidjackson


    Sep 10, 2011
    This is meant to be serious advice rather than a flippant comment:

    Buy an AmericanStandard Fender P or J and spend the rest on time with the best bass guitar tutor you can find.

    Now that will be money well spent.
  20. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY