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Expensive vs inexpensive basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TKnights, Jul 6, 2018.

  1. TKnights


    Jul 16, 2017
    Bangor , ME
    I've played both high end and low end basses in my day and I have to say I'm getting a pretty good sound and feel out of some less costly basses . The latest addition to my arsenal is a very inexpensive bass . An Ibanez GSR200SM . My wife bought this for me for Xmas a couple of years ago . I don't know what she paid for it . I think it was a "Stupid deal of the day" from Musicians Friend . She said she liked the way it looked . So did I for that matter . After disabling that crappy active PhatII EQ (The pickups are actually passive) it's turning out to be a very good bass . The construction is solid and it feels and sounds great . I find myself using it more often than my other 4s . Furthermore , it came out of the box completely set up . The action and the intonation were on the mark . So you can keep your Foderas , Alembics , etc . I'm happy .
    2wheeler, Canalla, TH63 and 32 others like this.
  2. socialleper

    socialleper Bringer of doom and top shelf beer Supporting Member

    May 31, 2009
    Canyon Country, CA
  3. Kriegs

    Kriegs Peace Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2018
    MA/ RI area
  4. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    I'm happy that you're happy.

    Last edited: Jul 7, 2018
  5. FC Bass

    FC Bass Alembic and Mesa/Boogie junkie

    Jun 9, 2006
    :hyper:Everybody's happy :)
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2018
  6. rufus.K


    Oct 18, 2015
    me too with the cheapies. China rocks!

  7. Anachronism

    Anachronism Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2014
    What an original thread.
  8. Rosin41


    Jun 28, 2018
    Cedar Hill, Texas
    My bass literally doesn't even have a brand name, and I paid $0 for it. But the feel and sound are perfectly serviceable.
  9. blowinblue

    blowinblue Blue in name only. Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2006
    SoCal USA
    That's exactly what we're going to do!

    M. M.
  10. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    LOL I guess some just don't like it when the good wife nails it with $$ left over for a nice nite out
    $200 can go a looong way in making 4 string heaven a reality, congrats on your perfect life! LOL
  11. basslicks


    Dec 14, 2015
    I play a bowed piece of 2X4 with rubber bands attached to it and it's the best bass sound possible. You can keep your GSR200, I paid $1.38 for my bass.
  12. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Cary, Il
    Just more rationaliazation.
  13. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    Thank you for your permission.
  14. Joedog


    Jan 28, 2010
    Pensacola FL
    All these years as a member, and I've never seen a thread like this before! Who knew?
  15. Blaze Barlow

    Blaze Barlow

    Mar 8, 2018
    Ibanez is Peavey spelled backwards..
  16. Mustang Surly

    Mustang Surly

    Jul 10, 2013
    As with most things, the closer you get to the really pricey stuff, the more you have to spend for each additional increment of "better". So, while it may not be quite as good as the the super-pricey stuff, moderately-priced stuff it is WAY less expensive.

    Based on this assumption, I stick with moderately-priced gear. As a rule, I've found that the materials used in particular tend to be superior to that used for the cheap stuff (though, with CNC machining, the workmanship on cheap stuff is generally far better than it was "back in the old days").

    Everyone else is free to do as they please.
  17. felis


    Jul 31, 2013
    Midwest, USA
    If you've got it - spend it.

    If you don't - get a cheap bass and be as happy with it as possible.
  18. Gizmot

    Gizmot Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    Nashville area
    As a member of TalkBass, I don't agree. Maybe I'm just too much of a brand snob, but I honestly feel that I play better and sound better when using good equipment. I certainly enjoy playing something nice much better.

    I don't need a $5,000+ bass to play my usual gigs, but I feel better with the nicer basses I usually use (Ric, Warwick, G&L, etc) than something I would characterize as beginner's instruments.
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2018
  19. Cheap basses feel cheap. I can't play them. People would laugh at me.
  20. I'm with you on the cheap basses.
    Each of my basses new would be around $1,000 Cdn.
    Seems to be the sweet spot for quality vs cost.
    I can't imagine paying 4-5 grand for a bass.
    My guitars on the other hand...worth every hard earned penny.

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