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Help picking a bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by paisteman, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. paisteman


    Dec 13, 2007
    I'm a poor college student and I need a bass. I have been playing my friends MIA Fender Deluxe P. It's time for me to get my own, as he is tired of sharing. My budget is $500. So I'm considering a MIM Fender or a Carvin active kit. Or anything else you can suggest. What should I do?
  2. I would suggest either G&L L2000 Tribute new or L2000 MIA used. Either one would be a good choice for you. Very versatile instrument with a lot of tonal options. ;)
  3. kraigo


    Jun 21, 2007
    Minneapolis, MN
    I can't argue with the L-2000 - it's a great choice.

    SX (RondoMusic.com?) have been getting all sorts of kudos on every forum I visit. I've never seen one.

    Perhaps a used Fender Geddy Lee?

    If I suddenly found myself without bass and I needed one immediately, I'd be looking at a new MIA Fender P-Bass. I know it's out of your budget. On your budget I'd be looking used, but since I usually don't buy basses without playing them, it'd be whatever I could find. G&L and some sort of P-Bass would catch my eye.

    Oh - How about a Yamaha BB414? I've become a real Yamaha booster - they make quality instruments up and down their line - and they're always a good value. I've had two old Yamaha BB300's (I've still got one) and they were both really well built. The BB414 is a nice alder body, I think. I'm a big fan.

    In my "I need a solid bass _NOW_" scenario the BB414 would top my list. Best of luck.

  4. Go with the Geddy, its amazing
  5. oldrocker


    Feb 13, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    There's a MIM Fender Pbass Deluxe up on the classifieds here for $350 shipped.

    I have no affiiliation but thats a pretty good deal on a pretty good bass.

    A used Geddy if you can find one for $500 is a decent snag as well.

    Good Luck

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