Decent basses for around $300

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Quackhead, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. Quackhead


    Jan 17, 2012
    Elk Grove, CA
    A friend of a friend is looking for a decent bass around the $300 range. I have a pretty good idea of what's out there, but maybe there are some good cheap brands I've never heard of. Let's say it's a natural finish 4-string. Any input is greatly appreciated.
  2. Miskatonic


    Sep 15, 2009
    Portland, OR
    And the first suggestion would a bass from Rondo. Take a look at the SX models they carry, good bang for the buck with those.

    The new Squiers have been big hits as well. Really liked my Classic Vibe Jazz.
  3. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    +1 on Squier, I have 2 VM´s that I love.
  4. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    Natural finish four string for $300? Squier VM Jazz.
  5. Quackhead


    Jan 17, 2012
    Elk Grove, CA
    My first thought was a VM Jazz since I have one and I love it. I'm looking for other brands too. I'll investigate the SX basses.
  6. macmanlou

    macmanlou Don't push it. Just let it fall. Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Washington, DC Area
  7. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    A few other details would help:
    1) what kind of music would they play
    2) do they want a passive/active bass
    3) How big/small is the bass player
    4) would used basses be an option (ideal as you can get much more value for the $300

    Example: Ibanez SR500 - brand new=$599.99 used=$299.99 or less

    Squier VM jazz New 299.99 used=$179.99
  8. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Beginner? A Squier VM Precision would be my first choice. Passive, simple, effective.
  9. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Los Angeles California
    Any one shopping around that price should open up to buying used as well.

    You can get a clean classic vibe squier for $200-$250, Or a VM for $150-$200. Choose a P or J. Plenty of solid Ibanez basses in that range and the new sterling sub lines.
  10. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    +1. For example, I’ve seen a few used MIM FSR Jazzes in Natural Ash sell for around this price recently.
  11. mglinski


    Jan 3, 2013
    Gallatin, TN
    I'll second the SX. Recently got a 5 string, maple neck, with a gig bag brand new for a hundred and Change delivered. 45 minutes to change the strings and do a setup, and I have an excellent back up bass. Can't really beat that!
  12. Uncle Snake

    Uncle Snake

    Jan 1, 2010
    Find a used Carvin. I've picked up (3) lb70's for less than $300 each. All are great basses and in my opinion,WAY better values than the SX's. I said "in my opinion" so shut it. Shhhhhhh...... .
  13. Bass Fund

    Bass Fund Banned

    Nov 30, 2013
    Used older model Peavey U.S.A.
  14. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I've had some Ibanez basses that I bought for under $300 which sounded and played great.
  15. Ironbar


    Aug 24, 2013
    Portland, Oregon
    Another vote for the Squier Vintage Modified series. I absolutely LOVE my VM jazz bass.
  16. Another vote for Squier. I love my two VM's:
    VM P, $280(currently my main bass) :

    And VM J, $300:

    (Chrome covers, knobs, and thumb rest are not stock)
  17. GK Growl

    GK Growl

    Dec 31, 2011
    Another vote for Squier Vintage Modified (Jazz V in my case). Fit, finish, playability, and tone are shocking to me for this price range. All the gear snobs that I've played it with agree as well.
  18. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    The best cheap basses are high end used basses priced low. I favor Peavey and Yamaha, but you never know what might turn up.
  19. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    Where'd you get the bridge, pu covers for your jazz?
  20. Barkless Dog

    Barkless Dog Barkless to a point

    Jan 19, 2007
    Buy used, get the most for your money. Nice basses can be had really cheap if you look.

    Carvings, peavy's, yamahas, etc