Hi everybody. I was talking today with a guy who told me that he's going to take electric bass classes with me at the university. He's a newbie and asked me THE question: "What's the best bass?" I told him: "That question can't be answered. There are so many variables involved on that. The first thing to consider is the budget. Maybe I can tell you which bass is the best within a price range" -still difficult but possible-. And he told me: "I'm not going to tell you that budget isn't a problem. It's limited, but the thing is: I want a GOOD bass. I mean, think of the minimum for a bass to be considered a good instrument. I'll see if it fits my budget or not". That conversation really made me think. One of the first options for a newbie who has a limited budget is an SX, but let's face it: SXs aren't good instruments. They're good because of the price but they aren't plain good (one of my students has one and well...). So I'm throwing the question here: Which bass(es) do you think meets the "absolute minimums" to be considered a good bass? My opinions on this (and please tell me if you think I'm wrong) are that such instrument (4 or 5 string fretted - not sixers) is around US$800 new and I'm randomly thinking of names like MusicMan S.U.B., Yamaha RBX, a MIA standard Fender, Peavey Cirrus BXP, Ibanez Soundgears, Carvins with standard options... I agree that it's a hard to answer question. What I feel like a Samick may feel like a Fodera to others, but anyway I'd like to have a list of plain good basses to recommend. Think of an instrument that is not "the best" but you can live happily with it for a long time (practicing and gigging) without thinking of modding it. Thank you in advance for your input!