Recommend some “cheap” basses for me

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MateoG78, Jun 6, 2019.

  1. MateoG78


    Feb 3, 2019
    Hey TB. Been looking at some cheaper basses. I prefer cheaper ones more than more expensive basses.

    Recommend some good cheap basses
    that would be good for gigs and/or modifying. Preferably under $300 -$450 range. Active or passive, it doesn’t matter.
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  2. chea-pass


    Mar 9, 2016
    The Good Land
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  3. Bass Man Dan

    Bass Man Dan Endorsing Artist: Ned Flanders' Bass-a-Reeno

    Oct 20, 2017
    What type of music do you generally play? And I'm assuming 4 strings?
  4. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Try an Epiphone Embassy.
  5. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013
    Welcome! I second the Embassy vote!
  6. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    These 2 are for sale on TB and well within the OP's price range. I have no connection whatsoever to the sellers. The prices listed are incredible bargains. In a sane world, both of these would be in the $1,000+ range. I can't believe they didn't sell within the first hour of listing.

    Peavey Millennium 4 Plus

    Peavey Palaedium
  7. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    You can get a used MIM fender or CV squier for that budget. Obvious choice for modding since the parts are pretty much universal.

    Peavey is a close second.

    We can be more specific if you can be more specific :)
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  8. groove pump

    groove pump

    Oct 24, 2006
    Bananas-good option for modifying is the Yamaha RBX 170 with the P/J layout.

    I saw one in a shop a few years ago that had the pickups swapped out - maybe for Duncans or DiMarzios - and a nice heavier bridge. Cozy lighter weight, played easy, and sounded terrific. Went back the next day to get it (for only $150 IIRC) and of course it was already gone.
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  9. As a DC bass owner, I can assure: You can't go wrong with a Danelectro.
  10. chicoLow


    Aug 3, 2018
    Bronco, if you like short scale.
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  11. Wesley R

    Wesley R Gold Supporting Member

    Congratulations, you are in a wonderful price range. Some very decent machines can be had in that bracket.
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  12. mellowgerman

    mellowgerman Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    How about a used Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV Pro or an awesome Fender "parts" Precision bass? No mods necessary!
    * shameless plug * (see my classified links in my signature below ;))
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  13. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    can't go wrong with the studly LTD B-50 for a fraction of your price range. the list is endless.
  14. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
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  15. primusfan1989


    Jan 17, 2005
    new jersey
    Squire Classic Vibe series is one of the best series of instruments in that price range IMO
  16. DavC


    May 17, 2005
    Tallmadge , Ohio
    Used PARTS ... !! when built , mods are already finished ..!! you control parts and costs ..!

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  17. Ian McLaughlin

    Ian McLaughlin

    Aug 11, 2018
    What have you been looking at?
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  18. Riff Ranger

    Riff Ranger Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    Bigfoot Country
    Electra/Westone. Got both of these for what you're willing to pay for a single instrument (then modded the pointy one, bwahaha).
    Ibanez ATK. I got the 5 new back in 1995, and finally picked up the 4 to match a few weeks ago. Use that search function and read all about 'em. Welcome aboard.
  19. sikamikanico


    Mar 17, 2004
    Sight unseen, I’d only get a Yamaha in that price range. Maybe you can get a used Lakland Skyline at the top of your price range, but you’d most likely be a few $$ short.

    If buying in person, then simply get the best one you can find. See what’s available, read about them, try them, make your decision.

    One last thing: I’d generally suggest passive instruments. Chances are electronics are gonna be crap anyway. But they cost some $$, so the manufacturer probably cut another corner somewhere to keep the price low. In other words, chances are that a $300 passive bass > $300 active bass.
  20. JC Nelson

    JC Nelson Supporting Member

    May 30, 2015
    My number one player is an SX Jazz with a drop in Audere Jazz 3 Band pre. It plays and sounds amazing.
    Picked it up on Reverb for $150.