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Limited Spending Options

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by NeedyNeedy, Nov 7, 2006.

  1. NeedyNeedy


    Nov 7, 2006
    Now, I'm not completly new to bass, but I am still pretty much a beginner.

    I'm looking to buy a new bass, as my old one is somewhat worn out. My limit is less than finite, though.

    I'm looking for a decent bass, nothing fantastic, for a price range around 400 dollars. If anyone could point me in the right direction with a brand or two I should look at, it would be very appreciated.

    Thank you.
  2. ggunn


    Aug 30, 2006
    Austin, TX
    How does one wear out a bass?
  3. +1
  4. The Dave

    The Dave

    Jun 23, 2006
    Canyon, Texas
    What does "less than finite" mean?
  5. The Dave

    The Dave

    Jun 23, 2006
    Canyon, Texas
    By the way - Get a Fender. You can get a new Mexican or a used something else, but just get a Fender. Everything else is just a copy of a Fender anyway. :bag:
  6. greenboy


    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    It probably just needs a wash. I recommend a long hot water cycle.
  7. NeedyNeedy


    Nov 7, 2006
    It's a nice way of saying it's been broken.

    Was a typo, meant less than Infinite.
  8. no idea
    it could get beat as far as electronics go
    that happened to my first guitar

    my only advice is to go out and play a few basses in your price range. Alot of people will say I swear by this brand and that brand but ultimately its what fits you
    what bass makes you comfortable
    sounds what you need it to
  9. klocwerk


    May 19, 2005
    Somerville, MA
    Total 100% agreement.
    Go hit music stores, play everything that costs less than $400.
    See what you like best, then buy it.

    Or give us a lot more info to go on, such as music style, playing style, sound preference, aesthetic preferences, favorite color, what your guitarist plays, your shoe size, boxers or briefs, etc. :D
  10. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Lakewood, OH

    the more info you give the more we can help. we can't read minds. or can we?;)
  11. Stupid Jerk

    Stupid Jerk

    Aug 1, 2006
    A better question would be what to avoid! There's some real crap out there that too many have been suckered by.
  12. Indiana Mike

    Indiana Mike Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2005

  13. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
    Since no one else has said it...

    Welcome to TB!

  14. saxnbass


    Mar 9, 2006
    Nashville, TN
    Welcome to TB and my vote goes for a new 2006 upgrade MIM Fender.
  15. such as...?

    i know we all have our preferences, but i'm under the impression that the quality on all basses (especially entry-level instruments) has skyrocketed in the last few years.

    so what is this epidemic "crap" that's suckering so many?
  16. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    If you have $400 to spend, there are a whole ranges of basses that you can pick from. Ibanez, Yamaha, Dean, SX to name a few. You could even try the used route.

    The best advice, which has been given above, is to go to your local guitar shop and try as many basses as you can. That's the only way to find out what you like and how it feels to play.
  17. whitedk57


    May 5, 2005
    Franklin, NC
    Take a strap so that the bass doesn't slide off your leg while trying it out. I can't stand to play w/o a strap - but that's me.
  18. The Dave

    The Dave

    Jun 23, 2006
    Canyon, Texas
  19. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    +1 on the MIM Fender.
  20. ok now if you go buy that bass
    then there is truly no help we can give you LOL

    indeed take a strap
    I forget to most of the time
    and kick myself for doing so

    also play through an amp thats close to something you actually have
    it wont help to play through a monster EA or MARKBASS system
    when you got a little rogue 15 watt at home

    well maybe if you really want to know what your future bass' potential can be

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