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Quality for the money

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Matt, Mar 19, 2004.

  1. Matt


    Mar 15, 2004
    Hi everyone,
    My name is Matt and I am brand new here and basically brand new to the bass guitar. I have my dad's old Peavey T-20 FL fretless and a Peavey TKO 65 amp/head combo, I think that's what you would call it.
    My question is basically how good are some of the foreign made electric basses? I've read the KSD Proto J is really a great Korean made bass, but still kind of expensive compared to a Mexican made Fender Jazz. I like 70's rock mainly. I'd like to buy American, but do I really need to when I'm just starting out? My instructor highly recommends starting fretted and I'm thumping the fretless until I can find one.
    Who makes a good foreign made? I can spend $800 or $900, but $400 or $500 sounds better just starting out to me. I've been impulsive before. :confused:
    Thanks for any advice!
  2. Most MIM Fenders are good for the money. Some are better than others, so play all the ones you are interested in. I'll let someone else elaborate. Welcome to bass, by the way.
  3. AJ Love

    AJ Love

    Oct 8, 2002
    Madison WI USA
    a great deal for the $$ is a used USA Hamer Cruise 4 string with 2Tek bridge fr around $450 to $500... great basses! make sure to get the USA made version though
  4. dmaki


    Apr 29, 2000
    I would recommend going used. For $500-$700 you could get a nice American Fender or G&L. It all depends on what kind of tone you want to get and your preference on size/shape. I'd personally recommend a G&L L-2000, it has great tonal diversity, is solidly built, and will retain its value in case you ever want to sell it.
  5. bassplayer347

    bassplayer347 Guest

    Dec 24, 2003
  6. vacman


    Mar 8, 2004
    portland, or
    check out Carvin. just recieved mine last week and it is killer for the money I spent. $700. MIM fenders are good. play one because they are ALL different. Welcome to bass. just remember it aint the gear its the chops.... :)
    who played bass for Kool and the Gang?????
  7. Schwinn


    Dec 4, 2002
    Sarasota, FL
    Yeah, Carvins are good and I also suggest Lakland Skyline. You could get a 55-01 Skyline used for cheap and I think they are better quality than Fenders.
  8. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA

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