Found a cheap bass guitar on amazon, can you tell me wither if it's good or not?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by spintop90, Mar 2, 2018.

  1. spintop90

    spintop90

    Mar 2, 2018
    South Florida
    New to bass guitar
  2. Chaser1

    Chaser1

    Aug 24, 2010
    Canada
    I personally would avoid that. Try to find a entry level Squier. You will likely get a better quality beginner instrument with a squier than an off-brand Ali-express bass sold by a dealer on Amazon.
     
  3. slobake

    slobake resident ... something

    Depends on your definition of good. If you want something to learn on this MIGHT be okay. Really can't tell unless you play one. There are questions that can't be answered without that. Like: How is the neck, frets, bridge? Can you intonate it? How is the setup? If you are new and have never set up a bass before a poorly set up bass can be difficult to learn on.
    For that price range I suggest you check out a Squier Bronco but that is a short scale. For $100 to $200 dollars more you can get a pretty decent Squier, Ibanez or other brand.
    The best thing to do is head out to your local music store and play as many basses as you can. For now, don't be too worried about tone but more about playability. It is even better if you can bring a friend with experience.
     
  4. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Yeah, I'd pass on that too. Squier or even SX from Rondo would be a much safer bet, and not that much more money.
     
  5. spintop90

    spintop90

    Mar 2, 2018
    South Florida
    New to bass guitar
    Thanks, I'm thinking in finding a time to go out and search for a good bass guitar.
     
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  6. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    Without even picking it up, my impression knowledge is that it will be a POS. Why? Just ask yourself what all the costs were to get this new bass onto eBay.

    Lemme see: bag, elec cord, strap, packaging, labor, parts, some sort of place to assemble it and those associated costs. Probably others.

    Cram all that into the asking price and tell me the quality you expect.
    Look on eBay for a decent used Washburn within your budget and you'll be a winner.
    Ignore what I said and you'll be a what?

    Oh, yeah....10.5 pounds huh?
     
  7. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    where are you located?
     
  8. spintop90

    spintop90

    Mar 2, 2018
    South Florida
    New to bass guitar
    South Florida but don't worry, I know a music store near me that sells bass guitars.
     
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  9. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Go to your local pawn shops & thrift stores or 2nd hand shops.
    Also go to Guitar Center & check out the used section, ditto for Sam Ash.
     
  10. dxb

    dxb

    Dec 25, 2016
    I'm a big fan of lower-priced instruments but I'm skeptical of the mega-cheap basses on Amazon like the one in the link. It might be okay but I recommend spending a little more for an established brand like a Squier Affinity or a cheap Ibanez. Find one used and you can stretch your budget even further.
     
  11. Our keyboard player bought one of these for fun. It isn't fun. Forget it, it is not worth it. You can buy instruments for about 150,- - 200,- that are surprisingly good. The Harley Benton instruments from Thomann are a good example. You might get something for even less used. But not a shiny new bass for 70,-.
    I paid more for a set of strings or a strap! 70,- for a gigbag, a bass, a set of strings, a cable and a strap IS to good to be true.
    Although I really believe them:
    It would sound much worse without a bridge or with a rosewood fingerboard instead of one made of flowers. Roses smell good and look cool, but are a bit too soft as fingerboard material:)
     
  12. Did you really need to create a second thread from the one you posted an hour ago? Just wondering.
     
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  13. spintop90

    spintop90

    Mar 2, 2018
    South Florida
    New to bass guitar
    Yea, I'd like to have two separate threads.
     
  14. Paulabass

    Paulabass

    Sep 18, 2017
    Please buy from a music store. They can answer questions, give you adjustments, and just generally stand behind what they sell. When you know more about what to look for you can go mail order.
     
  15. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Save yourself a headache.
    Don't buy it.
    As for the reviews, please!

    This was my first bass ever given to me as a Christmas gift from my parents. At first I though damn they cheaper out on my, and then I started playing this bass a lot, and when I ended up buying a new bass, it just didn't feel anything like this, and not in a good way. This bass plays amazingly, and maybe the sound might not be that good, (I'm currently in the process of choosing new pickups and getting new electronics), the playability of this compared to modern squier basses is just amazing, I would chooose this bass over any other bass. It's my first bass and I stuck with it this whole time. I have a dream to go to a custom build shop and get some professionals to recreate it perfectly for me with high quality stuff.

    Wow, talk about dreaming the impossible dream!
     
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  16. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    This one sounds about right:
    Bought this bass as my first to learn on and it got me through high school jazz band (lasting a year or so), but this is not a high quality instrument. Neck bows like you wouldn't believe, even with light gauge strings, adjusting truss rod doesn't help much, and after a while it couldn't even be strung up enough to play at all. Best use I found for it was as prop in a musical. So in short, it'll last but the quality degrades and eventually you're left with a useless piece of wood. You're better off investing in a Squier bass. But the little extras like the bag, strap, and cable are pretty alright. I'd say this is kinda worth the buy for those, but the bass itself isn't very good.
     
  17. SpyderX

    SpyderX

    Jun 6, 2015
    Costa Mesa, Ca

    This. If your budget is low and you don't mind used, some decent basses can be found at Guitar Center for $100 -150 and a pretty good return policy. I've even seen a few decent for under 100. Better than I had access to when I was starting.
     
  18. Mvilmany

    Mvilmany

    Mar 13, 2013
    Upstate NY
    Buy a used Squier off of Craigslist, and pay to have a set up done on it.
     
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  19. Bassbeater

    Bassbeater Guest

    Sep 9, 2001
    You're going to need about $150-$200 to get a half decent used bass. Go that route. Play everything in your price range and bring somebody that can play competently to help you avoid bad choices.
     
  20. Bass Man Dan

    Bass Man Dan Endorsing Artist: Ned Flanders' Bass-a-Reeno

    Oct 20, 2017
    Cincinnati
    This is the answer. Right now on my local craigslist there are three ok P basses, a squier for $50, another squier for $100 and a Cort for $80. Keep an eye on Craigslist.
    Personally, I bought an affinity with an amp, gig bag and stand for $110 and a Ibanez SR405 for $75 and both were very solid basses. You can get a very playable bass for $100 if you look around.