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Cheap Unique Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Kazz3lrath, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. Kazz3lrath


    Jan 5, 2012
    What is the most unique bass I can get for less than $200? I have a thing for really weird instruments.
  2. St Drogo

    St Drogo

    Oct 9, 2009
    That's a difficult question, because mostly uniqueness is tied to a high price. To lower the price, a bass would either have to be made in a productionline, or made with cheap components by a hobbyist. So if it's in fact uniqueness you are after, your best option might be to make one yourself. Which is not meant to dismiss your question; making your own instrument out of an old table or perhaps a discarded cabinet or two can be a very fun experience, and i'm betting you'd learn quite a bit. Not just how to build a bass, but also understanding how it's constructed and what makes basses tick. Plus, you can make any style you want. it's very punk rock. I still want to try that someday.

    Making your own bass might not be the most practical cjoice of course. So maybe you want an off the shelf bass with a funny shape or something. First thing that comes to mind there are things like explorers, flying v's and such. I started playing guitar on a dean ML, i don't know if they make a bass model.

    Or you could go for a squier hello kitty bass.

    That's just from the top of my head. There are loads of funny shaped basses. Others are bound to have more suggestions. Good luck!
  3. Kazz3lrath


    Jan 5, 2012
    I think we have a winner.
  4. Dean makes the neon bass...
    Or alternatively, there's searching for used stuff.
  5. hernameisrio


    Sep 27, 2011
    Berkeley, CA
    Or get a generic-looking cheap bass and paint it...that's what I did with my fretless. It's basically the same color as the neon green bass that Dean makes...
  6. Meddle


    Jul 27, 2009
  7. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    Wishbass? They are pretty special.

    I also saw an angry birds bass somewhere, but I cant remeber where!
  8. Abaroa


    Apr 27, 2010
    there is no hello kitty bass.. the fender bass has Badtz Maru on it.. even cooler!.. Kawaii!!!
  9. wednesdayagain


    Sep 28, 2012
    This thread should be interesting
  10. IwantAP


    Jan 11, 2013

    I have an acrylic bass. cheap and looks cool. Still hoping to get Dan Armstrong someday, but it is just way too expensive.

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  11. Definitely!
  12. I picked this up in a pawnshop about 2 yrs. ago. I got it because it just stands out and it different. You don't see too many Kramer Hot Pink P/J basses. I paid $129 out the door. I don't know if this is weird enough for you. Just a thought.:smug:

  13. iovar


    May 7, 2011
    Chania, Crete
    Are you in Europe by any chance? Check out this guy:

    I particularly like the blue precision :
    and the neck has the same pattern , too, which I think looks cool:

    Also , this looks unique (same store):

    You could also look for old "USSR" basses in ebay. They aren't unique but they are quite out of the ordinary and most look cool, retro look and all that.




  14. That was my first reaction, but it's $500 to get in the door.
  15. jordak


    Apr 7, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Aside from being exactly on topic, (they start at $85) one of the funniest websites I've ever seen.
  16. IwantAP


    Jan 11, 2013
    If you like metal, then get the Cort Gene Simmons
  17. willydee


    Jan 21, 2013
    I remember a youtube vid of a guy taking a plain black sharpie to a white strat. He did all these really intricate tribal tattoo-like patterns all over the body front and back and though I dont think I'd go for it myself it definitely was unique! Just remember to rattle-can some clear finish over it or it'll rub off!

    I guess I'd say get something cheap, perhaps even ordinary and make it unique and weird yourself
  18. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    Unique & cheap means Danelectro
  19. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    +1 on the dan electros. I think they've got the most bang for the buck.