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Rock bass in the $200-$450 range

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BlakeMoney, Nov 28, 2013.

  1. BlakeMoney


    Nov 28, 2013
    Looking to upgrade to my second bass, my band plays rock but I also want to play some funk. Willing to spend from $200 to $450
  2. jj4001


    Dec 27, 2010
    Providence, RI
    Squier VM or CV Precision or Jazz. Great instruments within the price range.
  3. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Sterling SUB in the $250-300 range, good for rock and funk and you get to save a few bucks.
  4. pudgychef

    pudgychef Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2005
    Chongqing, China
    +1 to the CV/VM Squiers or the SUB -

    In your price range you could easily get a used ATK - great rock/funk bass
    a used USA Made SUB from the original MusicMan SUB line...GC usually has a couple or more on their site - killer basses (ime, imho, ymmv)
  5. McFarlin


    Oct 27, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Getting a lot of mileage out of my Squier VM Jazz. You can pick up a used piece for $175-225. Best budget bass I have encountered and I get a lot of tone compliments. Works for most rock-oriented work I have done lately. I like it almost as much as my custom piece that cost 10x more. Can get a pretty gnarly tone from it with the right technique, and a warm/smooth/fat sound from all neck pickup. Good pickups in this thing.
    Easy fingertapping & slap.
    Not my preference for fast runs & prog. stuff.
    Bridge certainly isnt the best, tuners are okay
  6. Malak the Mad

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

    I finally drank the TalkBass Kool-Aid and got a Squier Classic Vibe Jazz. Now I know why there's so much love for them 'round these parts.

    But wait! There's more!!

    Ever since the summer I had a burning question on my mind; "What has Best Buy had done with all their overstock when they finally closed up their Musical Instruments department?" I even called a number of stores across the nation to see if they had anything worthwhile left. They all said they'd shipped whatever was left back to Distribution. Well, someone here on TB answered my question.

    "They put their overstock up on their eBay page at a significantly reduced price!"

    So, I'm officially recommending the aforementioned Classic Vibe Jazz. Smooth tones, and yet growly/snarly depending on the attack you play with (even before I put some light .40-.100 Elixirs on it).