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Crate Electra Bass-Cheap, disposable, but good??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Maxdusty, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    I was at a Pawn store yesterday, not really looking for any basses. After all, I just picked up a MIM Fender Jazz Bass V a few days earlier.
    There was a p-bass copy next to an ESP model, I kind of chuckled looking at the headstock as it had "CRATE" on it. Amplifier company making cheap knockoff basses...
    Well, my hand invariably went around the neck of this bass and I couldn't let go as it felt so darn right!
    Ten minutes later, I just couldn't believe how good this thing played, it was set up correctly, and once again, the neck! I didn't buy it though as I couldn't comprehend the whole situation at the time. I know it's a cheap bass, should get a Squier or an SX if I wanted an inexpensive P-Bass copy, but there was something to this Crate Electra- the weight, the neck, I kid you not, it felt better than either of the preferred options which I've had before or played. Even played with my Squier for a bit to compare.
    Now it's priced at $100 which I think is even too expensive for this from what I've seen. ($50 more like it) Question I want to ask is does anyone have any experience with this bass and actually upgraded by switching out the pickups and electronics?
  2. A buddy bought a Crate starter pack a few years back to see if he would dig playing bass(had been on guitar ) and to my surprise we both liked the Crate over the Squier that came in their starter kit . ( back in the 90 s , not current models ) He has since bought nicer , more expensive basses but still has that Crate and I ' m still surprised every time I play it . It is over 10 lbs. but plays and sounds like a p bass should .
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  4. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    Thanks for the info. The crate at the pawn shop is an older one - I can't believe how the thing plays. I have to rethink a few misconceptions I have about starter basses. Probably inferior material, electronics, but they certainly got the neck right.