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Opinions on Basses under $500

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pablopicaso, Aug 28, 2012.

  1. pablopicaso


    Aug 28, 2012
    I am looking for a bass under $500. Im looking at the Ibanez SR500 that I can get for around $400....I am not versed in Basses so I would love anyones opinion. I am not interested in the Fender products because of the heavy weight. I need a bass that is under 9 pounds. I am looking for a 4 string and not a 5 string.. Any Suggestions would be greatly appreciated..Pablo :meh:
  2. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    Given your concerns over weight and price range, I'd say an sr500 is a pretty solid choice - you can usually get 'em used, in very good condition for between $300-$400...

    I'll add that there are Fender P Basses under 9lbs, but you have to look for them...

    - georgestrings
  3. goldenglory18

    goldenglory18 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Amateur. Take my advice for its resale value.
    Under $500? Look for good, clean, used gear...
  4. thorper


    Jul 11, 2011
    I recently got a Toby Standard IV by Epiphone. Only $200. It's not the most perfectly crafted instrument, but it is light and I think it is very comfortable. For comparison my previous bass was a Squier Jaguar, which is much more of a slab.
  5. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Cary, Il
    IMHO, you can VERY RARELY go wrong with an Ibanez! If used works for you, I would look for a EB Musicman SUB, not the imports, but the real deal US made SUB. They are far and away the best basses that can be had on a regular basis for under $500, not sure about the 9 pounds though, I think mine is under 10 and it is definately lighter than my Stingray.
  6. gjbassist

    gjbassist Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2005
    Kansas City, MO
    The SR500 is a great bass for the money IMO. Used ones can be found for around $300. If you want new this weekend would be a good time to get one. GC and MF have the 15% off sale on Labor Day weekend.
  7. atomicdog


    Jun 18, 2011

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