Decent Choice For Cheap

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Sarakisof, May 31, 2020.

  1. Sarakisof


    Dec 15, 2019
    Hello everyone, i own some Js and was looking around for my first P bass as a second backup and why not also a usable decent tone, for cheap.
    I speak for really low budget, under 150 range, i am a patient man, always waiting for bargains, usually finding old stuff from trash, repair and reuse. From electronics to instruments.
    We use old 50s-70s stuff, Teiscos, Hofners, combo organs, tube circuitry, tapes and so. (made this intro to justify my like to Musima below )

    So far, i have found :

    - SX VTG series "custom handmade" sunburst P bass for 150$. It's new NOS unsold item from a local shop retirement, intact with its label on neck.

    - Musima Action Bass, precision. East Germany late 80s in pretty good condition for.. 60$.

    - Or wait for a Squier P affinity or stndrd (early, not PJ) ?

    From those three,in which one should i really change pups? I usually find old instrument's irons pretty decent to my taste and never replace them. Specially in old guitars.
    Bad thing is i cannot test play none of them.
    The ideal would be a squier p with Fender original P pups, but this would add a bit to total cost. Say i could find finally a squier for 120-140 plus 80 thats a 200 plus.

    Are those SXs models pups sound good? Mostly care about sound tone, i am not so much a "tonewood" guy.
    Last edited: May 31, 2020
  2. Have a look at Harley Benton. I have one of the PB50 (I think it's called) and it's great for the money. I've also seen Glarry mentioned by those Stateside.
  3. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    I can definitely appreciate the nostalgia factor in the Musima. But from your list, my gut – not personal experience – tells me that this is the one which might benefit the most from a pickup swap. The SX might or might not be improved by changing pickups. The Squier will likely get you closest to "that P tone" without having to do anything except a proper setup. Best wishes with whatever path you take.
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  4. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    the HB is good and easy to get. another that you can't go wrong with is the Samick LB11, badged under various names for decades. @ $100 it easily competes with other Ps priced far higher.
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  5. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    Heard great things about the SX Basses, haven’t tried one though.

    picked up a Squier Affinity (2005) for $125 and I love this bass. Needed some loving (new bridge, rewire,) but the pickup sounds great. Added a Jazz neck, but that was more personal preference than it was about the quality of the stock neck
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  6. Sarakisof


    Dec 15, 2019
    Yeap i see. I will probably go with a Squier P (or stndrd, CV if lucky) for 100 bucks and see then if i change pups.
    By the way, what do you think about guitarpartsfactory (no advertising here) for sourcing genuine Fender pups and stuff?