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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MUSASHI MUSASHI, Jan 17, 2003.



    Jan 11, 2003
    I have been hunting around for a bass, something just to use for fun ( I play guitar ) and I wanted to know what would be the best of the cheaper basses that could be purchased (new or used) for under $300?
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Hey Sam. Their are ALOT of choice in that price rance. One bass I suggest is an Essex (SX). Rondo Music in NJ sell them. <a href="http://www.rondomusic.bigstep.com/category.html;$sessionid$TIOMSSAAAAPMHTZENUFZPQWPERWRJPX0?UCIDs=940496"><b>CLICK HERE</b></a> to see the Essex basses at rondo music.

    This is my favorite:
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    I had the blue one for a while & it was IMO, alot better than any fender that cost over 3x as much!!!!!
  3. jodathmorr

    jodathmorr Guest

    Jan 12, 2003
    I like the red one. Too bad I didn't have any choice in my color scheme cause im lefty.
  4. Riscchip


    Jan 11, 2003
    You might be able to find a used Japanese Fender bass in that price range. Decent instruments. Good luck to you. :cool:
  5. terser


    Dec 23, 2002
    South Jersey
    Here's what I did, and I love it. I got a used MIM Fender Jazz bass for two bills, put new Fender Custom Shop 60s pickups on it (my preference, very punchy, there are lots of other kinds you could use such as EMG, Seymour Duncan, Bartolini and Custom Shop 62s, etc.) for another hundred and I had a real nice sounding bass for $300. If you want to go further as you get the money, put the BadAss II bridge on it. You could go on forever, but just the bass and pickups sound real nice in my opinion. Mine is a black and white cow bass and I always get comments on how great it sounds when I happen to make it sound good which is not always.
  6. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    I've read that the SX Jazz type basses are pretty good.

    I am continually amazed by my Squier Precision Special 5. I bought it brand new at Sam Ash for about $180.

    If you can wait a little while, wait for a Guitar Center "list" sale (if there's a store in your area). Just before Halloween I bought a brand new Fender MIM Active Deluxe Jazz 5 string for $220...supposedly that was 70% off of list and about half of what they usually sell them for. I actually prefer the feel of the Squier though as the string spacing is a bit wider...more 4 string like spacing.

    There are so many excellent basses out there for under $300.

    Good luck!!!


    Jan 11, 2003
    Thanks everyone!

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