Good Affordable basses with 1 pickup 1 vol 1 tone

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by chilliwilli, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. chilliwilli


    Aug 17, 2005
    The catch is no split precision pickups allowed.
  2. JennySuzuki


    Dec 18, 2013
    The floor manager at the local Urban Guitar Center was trying to sell me a Chinese-made SUB Ray 4. It sounded alright in his hands, but I got the impression he had totally disregarded all of my criteria for choosing a bass, and headed right for what he had too many of sitting on his floor.
  3. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Northern California
    Well, if you wanted to go used, I still think the old Guild B301s are awesome basses with a cool vibe.

  4. chilliwilli


    Aug 17, 2005
    What an interesting bass do you have any more info on it?
  5. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
  6. chilliwilli


    Aug 17, 2005
    Oh and by affordable I meant cheap lol.
  7. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Epi ebo, gretch 2210, Squier vm tele, Squier cabronita. Mustangs and broncos and have split pups, but they're not exactly precisions.
  8. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Northern California
    Sure, I still have mine - it was my first electric bass, a 1977 that I bought used in 1992.

    It has a single DiMarzio pickup a bit further back than where the D&G coils of a Pbass would be. So sort of in between a pair of jazz pickups. Big, huge chiming sound.

    It's a set neck with a chunky Pbass type neck profile but a flatter fingerboard radius than vintage fenders. They can be set up for nice, low action and the lower horn and set neck mean fantastic upper register action. The bridge was (I think) only used on the B301, it's two pickup brother the B302 and then the next generation B401 and B402. It's a big, funky thing that works well enough and was always too cool looking for me to think about replacing.

    The body shape came from a similar guitar that Guild made but they didn't bother extending the upper horn as you should for a bass so it's got some neck dive to it but it isn't too bad on a strap. And even though the body and neck are solid mahogany, the bass is pretty slim front to back so it is pretty lightweight - mine is a little over 8 pounds.

    Mine was fretted but they are also awesome fretless basses. Personally I think they are underpriced/undervalued on the used market. And I still think the old Guilds vie with Rickenbackers for having the coolest vintage headstocks.
  9. Epiphone Jack Casady bass.

  10. Squier Classic Vibe 50s Precision Bass
  11. ejaggers


    Aug 18, 2009
    Hurst, tx
    You probably need to define "Affordable", I doubt if that Guild B301 and Jack Casady falls in that category.

  12. Gintaras


    Dec 11, 2004
    Kent Island, Md.
    Peavey Fury....they come on the classifieds regularly ranging from $200 to $275. Lots of love for it on this forum.
  13. mattfong


    Jan 14, 2008
    Toronto, Canada
    Squier Vista Musicmaster, if you dig short scale. Also if you can find one...
  14. RyanJD


    Apr 19, 2011
    I wanna try one of these:

    That's a fine looking instrument.

    Had one and enjoyed it for a little while.
    But I don't regret selling it either.
  15. Love to all, but not sure why anyone would:confused: limit themselves to a bass under these conditions… for sport?
  16. philvanv

    philvanv Gerbil Turds, Kitsap County Turd Core

    Jul 2, 2012
    and at the bottom it says thank you, and now you can shag off
    Oh completely awesome, nothing more to be said!:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:
  17. Another vote for the Epiphone Jack Casady bass. I've had one since 1998 and love it. It's so simple, but it gives you a wide variety of tones. It's very responsive to right hand positions and different kinds of strings.
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    Yep. Early Peavey Fury. Great basses.
  19. FourBanger


    Sep 2, 2012
    SE Como
    Dean Zone 09 and Edge 09, Guitar Center and/or Musicians Friend usually have one of the two version (body shape slightly different) for around $130.

    Single soapbar, volume, tone, four strings, four tuners, a bridge...
  20. NightCat


    Apr 4, 2013
    I bought one of the Pisces basses from Rondo Music (SCPB) last summer and I was pleasantly surprised at how well it played. All I really needed to do was put DR Sunbeam's on it and do a good set-up and it was good to go.

    I only bought it as a couch bass and a project bass but it is actually a pretty good player after new strings and a set-up.

    In my case I deglossed the finish, Telecastered the headstock and put in a SD Antiquity II pick-up, but I mostly did that just for fun.

    I did need to open up the pick-up pocket with my Dremmel to get the pickup to fit.

    The other cool thing is that the pickguard can be removed because the body isn't roughted out under the bat wing.