If you had $500 to spend on a new bass...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by nosedivekarma, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. nosedivekarma


    Jun 28, 2005
    Which one would you get, if you were looking to play a punky/heavy style of music, didn't want to go down the active route and needed something that was really solidly built because you weren't planning on upgrading in a LONG time?
  2. Paul182


    May 18, 2005
    Standard Fender Jazz or Precision.
  3. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Fender Standard J or P or a Highway 1
  4. Tash


    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
  5. thlayli


    May 8, 2005
    Cross Lanes, WV
    I'd attempt to save up another $1000.

    Or, rather, Carvin B-4 unassembled kit, I mean. :D
  6. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    I would buy something used...still would probably be a Fender Jazz
  7. Funky Tune

    Funky Tune

    Apr 28, 2005
    Puerto Rico
    Fender Jazz or Yanaha BB414
  8. Fender P or J, either standard or Japanese.
  9. spectorbass83


    Jun 6, 2005
    I personally would wait until I have about $1000, however, if you NEED a bass ASAP, look into getting a Godin. They are fantastic basses for the price, and are all built in Canada. I can't stand any Fender bass that is made in Mexico. If you can, find a used Japanese one. I also recommend Ibanez and LTD.
  10. pklima


    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Can't go wrong with a standard Fender, but if you don't want a "standard-looking bass" look for older BC Rich basses - either American or NJ. ESP LTDs are also a good choice. Or you could get a Hembry.
  11. Definately a P or J. Fender if you want to buy local, and SX w/pickups if you're a DIY kind of guy.
  12. Fender Aerodyne (sp?), used.

  13. nosedivekarma


    Jun 28, 2005
    Is there really that much difference between a MIM and a MIJ Fender? Sorry, It might be an obvious question but i'm new to all this.
  14. Techmonkey


    Sep 4, 2004
    Wales, UK
    What about a MIM P-Bass Special? I'm thinking about getting one for Christmas used, for about £300.
  15. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    hard to do better than a P-Bass for punk music ...
    and the finish on a Highway 1 will look so cool after a year
    or two of banging away on it !!
  16. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    +1. Godins are way more solid than a MIM fender. If you can try and track down an SD, if not, go with a Freeway.
  17. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    USED american fender or Hamer USA Cruisebass.
  18. This bass fits all your requirements, except for one: it's active.

    If you can reconsider this, then check it out: www.ibanez.com/guitars/guitar.asp?model=RD505

    I played one yesterday in Sam Ash.

    What an instrument for less than $500 !!! :hyper:

    It does a reasonable Stingray imitation, though not that close, and the Jazz pup by the neck calms down some of the MM-style pup's aggressiveness. The neck pup also sounds nice soloed. Other good points:

    1.) 24 fret neck
    2.) 2 band EQ that's voiced nicely
    3.) Very good construction quality
    4.) Very comfortable neck profile
    5.) Absolute killer B string !!! This blew my mind.

    And it sells for $449.99 w/out case at Sam Ash.

    If you want a 4 string, it's a little less.

    Definitely worth checking out.

    I would have bought it right on the spot, but I really don't need another bass.

    Good luck.

    Mike ;)
  19. CetiAlphaVI


    May 27, 2005
    Godin Freeway P/J best of both worlds and good quality.
  20. fenderx55


    Jan 15, 2005
    japanese fenders use different/lighter woods I THINK. not sure about that one. otherwise i think very little is different b/w japanese and mexican.

    btw, consider this a vote for a mim j. that bridge pick up really tightens up your tone.