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Most underrated BASSES

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pbass2, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. pbass2


    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Lots of most underrated BASSISTS polls of course, but how about basses?
    Granted, every axe has it's special qualities, but I'm talking about great solid pro basses, that hold down the fort as well as their more respected/common peers, but still don't get enough love.

    I will start with two I have owned/still own:
    Yamaha BB1200 and G&L L2500
  2. ROON


    Aug 5, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Any Ibanez or ESP/LTD bass.
  3. +10000 :)
  4. Cort Artisan series
  5. Mofo-Kang


    Aug 26, 2006
    Modesto, CA
    Yamaha BB414

  6. cigi


    Aug 22, 2006

    I just bought a Yamaha bbg4a and I was AMAZED by the quality.

    It is a really solid instrument that plays and sounds amazing. I can't believe they can make such instruments at those pices and have that little popularity.



    Cort has also great value/price ratio.

  7. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Yamaha TRB5P-II.

  8. GabeN


    Feb 27, 2006
    Chugiak, AK
    Peavey basses really don't get the recognition they deserve.
  9. whizack


    Oct 23, 2007
    Laguna Ocean basses, the few times I've picked them up their tone has always surprised me.
  10. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    I will say yamaha, I have a BB404 wich I paid $100 usd the neck feels just like my lakland DJ, and sounds amazing for a $100 bass, also weight is very light.

  11. RBrownBass

    RBrownBass Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    Peavey Foundation
    Yamaha BB404/405, BBN4/N5
    Spector NS-2A
    Lakland 55-01
    MTD Kingston Heir
    Kawai FII-B
    Tokai Jazz Sound

    All but the Peavey were built by Asians, which might explain their lack of respect on the Internet.
  12. ljazz


    Dec 10, 2002
    Cookeville, TN
    G&L SB1 & SB2

    Wicked basses.

  13. Cort RB-5 :hyper:


    & SX basses

  14. ljazz


    Dec 10, 2002
    Cookeville, TN

    That's because it doesn't have enough knobs.
  15. Famous Shamus

    Famous Shamus Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    I own two Signature basses and both are great sounding players. One I have plays and sounds as good as any American Fender J Bass; the other one I have is even better than the first (its the Limited Edition model) and is a step beyond in sound and playability.

    Before you ask Signature Bass is the name of the COmpany who put these basses out; not a signature bass from a particular artist;)

    Oh yeah, also the old ATK by Ibanez...very underrated
  16. El-Bob

    El-Bob Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
    i love my peavey millennium bxp-5, like ibanez and esp, it's better than just about anything in it's price range, and better than many basses costing more IMO. i love it.

    +1, any esp/ltd or ibanez i've played (this also goes for their g*****s) has been an overall better instrument in terms of sound, playability, and build quality, than most other instruments in the same, or higher price range.
  17. Carvins seem to get a bad rap around the internets and in my local area because, and I quote, 'a lot of christian bands use them'. A lot of people really pick on the electronics, but the new pre-amp and soapbars have fixed that issue, as far as I'm concerned. Playability on them is right up there with the big guys (Warrior's bolt-ons being a directly comparable offering, from what I've seen), and their prices are very hard to beat for the quality of product.

    That said, they do seem to be slipping a bit, some employees aren't being trained correctly and some orders are getting messed up (like my six string, but I love it anyway).
  18. SUNNyday r.

    SUNNyday r.

    Oct 17, 2006
    Bay Area
    Peavey Fury. Dillion. Danelectro Longhorn. Some of my own and favorites.
  19. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    Yamaha TRB4

  20. Jjango


    Nov 16, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Really? That's the first time I've ever heard that. The criticism I always hear is about "lackluster sounding electronics".

    The fact that so many gospel players play Ken Smiths doesn't seem to have given Smith basses a "bad rap".

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