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Need recommendations for inexpensive P style bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Geni758, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. Geni758


    Nov 15, 2013
    South Jersey
    I would like to get an inexpensive P style bass with a jazz style neck. I would like to spend no more than $200.

    So far I'm looking at Squier, Peavey, Ibanez and Fernandes. Are there other brands/models that you guys would recommend?
  2. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    SX / Rondo? They seem to have stuff in the sub-$200 range. They get a lot of love here on TB
  3. shaginwagin


    Apr 2, 2012
    SX at rondomusic.com
  4. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    Made In America Peavey Fury! The best P bass you'll find for under $600. And they normally go for $150 - 200.
  5. Muziekschuur


    May 25, 2009
    Bach Jaybird (tsjechisch based company)
  6. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Eastwood Guitars, CHC Guitars, GHS strings
    The Squier STD series Precision has a J style neck and PJ pickups. Great basses for the money. I keep buying them, and then people keep buying them from me ! overall a good value. This is the one I currently have that I got for a great price...

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  7. Definetly a Peavey Fury. Massive P tone, Made in America with a J sized neck. I got mine for $130.00 and easily worth 3 times that in value, tone and playability.
  8. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    This. :bassist:
  9. FourBanger


    Sep 2, 2012
    SE Como
    Don't ignore my post. Dean Hillsboro 09. Basic P tone with the thinner neck you want and better wood and hardware than the others mentioned. $200. Done.
  10. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    To be a little more specific, it's called a Precision Bass Special. Sadly they've been discontinued, along with the rest of the Squier Standard line. Nowadays they're a bit rare, but finding a used one isn't impossible. They usually go for somewhere between $200 and $250.

    Personally, I really dig mine…love it to pieces, in fact. Then again, it was my pewter P-Bass Special that tipped me over into I'm-gonna-buy-a-bass-mode, so I am a bit biased. :D

  11. Luke S Mouse

    Luke S Mouse

    Jun 5, 2009
    I'm a third vote for SX. Check out and see if they have any specials and pull the trigger on that bad boy!
  12. TwoRivers

    TwoRivers Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2012
    Las Cruces, NM
    Another vote for the American made Peavey Fury here. Can't say enough good about this bass!
  13. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab ACME,QSC,Fame/Hondo/Greco user & BOSE Abuser Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2004
    South Texas
    SX or Peavey vote.
  14. petey293


    Dec 30, 2013
    Rapid City, SD
    Those Peaveys really are great for what they're going for nowadays. I played a Forum, which is similar to the Fury with the addition of a J pickup, and I loved it
  15. oldcatfish


    Jan 8, 2011
    Um...no. The Dean is worth consideration, but definitely not better wood and hardware than a Peavey USA Fury. And the higher priced SX P's are very nice too.
  16. FourBanger


    Sep 2, 2012
    SE Como
    I was not considering used instruments in my advice.
  17. philvanv

    philvanv Gerbil Turds, Kitsap County Turd Core

    Jul 2, 2012
    and at the bottom it says thank you, and now you can shag off
    I thought I saw a used Gamma in the classifieds I highly recommend you look and buy if its a P even if its a J....even if its used.
  18. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Hard to beat an SX if you're looking for new.
  19. oldrookie


    May 15, 2007
    Avon, IN
    Another very happy Peavey Fury owner here. Great bass.
    Did a custom refinish on mine.

    I've owned a couple of SX basses (like the blue one in the picture,) and I like them, but the Peavey gear stays.

    The Fury is an '89 and I have an '83 Foundation. The neck is marginally thicker on the Fury, but it is closer to the jazz neck that you said you wanted than any of the SX basses I have owned.

    Careful shopping at local pawnshops and I have less than $200 invested in both basses. Can't believe the quality bass you get with the old Peavey gear. Not a fan of the made-overseas Peavey stuff, but the older USA stuff rings the bell.

    Can't go wrong