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Discuss Best Bang for Buck Basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by theaterbass29, Nov 19, 2003.

  1. theaterbass29


    Nov 14, 2003
    Nashville, Tennesse
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification, Sadowsky, D.Markley, Spector
    After being involved in a good discussion over Laklands, I wanted to start a thread to discuss the best bang for the buck basses.

    Just put down 2 basses for each price range.
    Under $500, Under $1000, under $2000, and so on.

    Here are my entries.

    Under $500
    1. OLP Spector models.
    2. Fender Mexican Models

    Under $1000
    1. Lakland Skyline Models
    2. Carvin

    Under $2000
    1. Warwick Thumb, though neck heavy
    2. Spector Euro series.

    Above $2000
    1. Sadowsky, I think they are the best
    2. Elrick
    3. Fodera, if you can afford one.
  2. phogchris

    phogchris www.scarsoflife.com

    May 27, 2000
    Boca Raton, FL
    I just received my Black Cherry Rebop and I am still in shock about how GREAT this bass is...I had one before in natural, but I love the one I have now. I also second Spector Euro's as they are IMO THE best bass in the $1500 spot. So, here is my list.

    Under $500
    1. Spector Performance
    2. Schecter Elite

    1. Spector Rebop
    2. Musicman S.U.B.

    1. Spector Euro
    2. Status Series 1

    1. F Bass
    2. Nordstrand

    I would have put US Spectors, but I really think they are overpriced, when you can get almost the same quality for 1/2 of the price....obviously, I am on a Spector kick right now!!
  3. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Under $500
    1. SX and Brice models from Rondo Music
    2. MTD Kingston

    Under $1000
    1. Lakland Skyline Models
    2. Warmoth parts and your favorite electronics, build it yourself.

    Under $2000
    1. Peavey Cirrus
    2. Pedulla Rapture

    Above $2000
    1. Nordstrand!
    2. Zon

    I assume we are talking street prices, not list. The SX and Brice basses are the biggest bang for the buck instruments I have ever found. I have a P bass copy that I payed $99 for, and it is superior to a lot of MIM P basses that I have seen in shops.
  4. The 0x

    The 0x

    Aug 24, 2003
    Timonium, MD
    Under $500
    Washburn XB Series. Killer basses for killer prices.:bassist:
  5. vanselus


    Sep 20, 2000
    Boulder, CO
    MTD Kingston - used.
  6. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Carcassonne, France
    I don't know their exact prices in the USA, but for me, according to their European prices, the two "best bang for the bang" basses I've ever seen are the Rickenbacker 4003 and the MusicMan StingRay 5.

    Both have a general quality you only meet in much more expensive basses.

    But of course, there a lot of basses I never experienced to try.

  7. theaterbass29


    Nov 14, 2003
    Nashville, Tennesse
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification, Sadowsky, D.Markley, Spector
    I agree with you on the Spectors, didnt know you could get one under $500. Good call on the SUB, as well, that is a great bass. Also under $1000 I might make mention Fenders U.S. 1 series basses, both precision and jazz are awesome for around $600.
  8. phogchris

    phogchris www.scarsoflife.com

    May 27, 2000
    Boca Raton, FL
    Check it out..


    Street prices are about $350...

    They are cool for the price. I say why buy an OLP for the same price as a Spector...I am sure the OLP's are decent, but I would go for the Performance series.
  9. vanselus


    Sep 20, 2000
    Boulder, CO
    after reading the most recent Bass Player magazine "bang for the buck" shootout, i've realized that almost every sub-$800 bass has "burpy midrange"!

    but remember folks, "bass player magazine does not use silly catch phrases like jazz bass on steriods".

  10. Mike A

    Mike A

    Oct 3, 2002
    Used G&L's & MTD Kingstons
  11. theaterbass29


    Nov 14, 2003
    Nashville, Tennesse
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification, Sadowsky, D.Markley, Spector
    I actually bought one of the OLP Spectors to take it apart and look at it. You really wouldnt believe it. I have not taken apart the Spector performance series, but I can assure you that both would compare on an even scale. What I can tell you is this.

    OLP Spector bass
    Quilt maple top, basswood body
    EMG-SSD Passive humbucking soapbars
    which some dont know, can be wired with an
    additional on-on-on switch to tap coils, the
    wiring is inside the bass, and just needs to
    be attatched to the switch, you have to buy the
    Smooth taper 500K pots
    Quality bridge, Spector like
    Quality tuners
    The only thing I didnt like about it was tight string spacing, 17mm. But Im sure some like it.
  12. Under $200

    SX/Essex/J&D Bros. Rondo basses

    $200 - $500

    Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass

    $500 -$750

    Warwick Fortress Flashback

    $750 - $1000

    Spector Euro Series
    Zon Sonus
    Rick Turner Renaissance

    Granted, not all used instruments are really gonna be "bang for your buck" material, but I've lucked out so far.
  13. Under $500:

    Any of the new Yamahas, such as BB404, BB405
    The Ibanez SRX400 - worth checking out.

    Under $1,000:

    MIA Fender Precision or Jazz
    Spectors in this range

    Under $1,500:

    Ernie Ball/Music Man Stingrays or Sterlings
    Spectors in this price range
    Yamaha TRB series

    Over $1,500 I'm not qualified to answer. I haven't played that many. ;)

  14. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    Eventhough they are wonderful basses, I don't see how anyone can say that Foderas and Sadowskys are a great bang for the buck. These basses are $4,000- $6,000.

    They are great basses, and I'm not going to debate if they should be priced that high. But there are a lot of other basses that are very close to the quality of the Foderas and Sadowskys and half the price. Roscoes, Zon, Lakland USA basses and Elrick just to name a few are all basses as good or close to the Foderas and Sadowskys, but much more resonably priced.
  15. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    You'll never do better than going for a used bass.
    If I were looking for under-rated/under-valued basses at each level, here's what I think I'd go for (and I've seen these selling at these prices):

    $500 an 80's Yamaha BB3000S.
    $500-1000 70's Fender MIA Jazz
    $1000-1500 90's Acacia Custom 6
    $1500-2000 80's Smith BT
  16. The 0x

    The 0x

    Aug 24, 2003
    Timonium, MD
    Aerodynes sound poopy. :spit: to fender for them.
  17. nbw


    Nov 10, 2003
    Arlington Texas
    Would anyone consider a Cort Curbow(with barts) a worthy condender for best bang for you buck bass..?
  18. notabob


    Sep 20, 2003
    cincinnati ohio
    grrr...cort curbow...grrr...

    mine broke. it was a great bass until then tho. the fretboard is starting to come unglued. i guess it is still a good bass. it buzzes a lot now.

    my best bang for the buck bass is prolly a Peavey Millennium 5 (the discontinued US version) it retailed for $1599 sold once for $1000 now in the $500 range.
  19. permagrin


    May 1, 2003
    San Pedro, CA
    Used G&L.
  20. LA


    Oct 17, 2001
    The Yamaha RBX775 for under 500 USD at a certain website (mine's on backodor). The Ibanez SRX505 for only slightly more - if my Yamaha takes too long, I'll bail for the Ibanez (it comes with Elixir strings, BTW).

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