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under $200 "idgaf" bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by nikolozj, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. nikolozj


    Dec 15, 2011
    hey all, I'm looking for cheap bass that won't fall apart right out of box to use it on crowded jams, where I can just put it in the corner and not worry much.

    2 models that I've been looking at are squier bronco bass and Epiphone EB0. Price for the new epi is over 200 but you can get used one for under 200

    any other thoughts? :help:

  2. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Yeah... the fact that I had no idea what "IDGAF" means.

  3. nikolozj


    Dec 15, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2017
  4. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    Squier Affinity PJ series is under $200 and will serve you well.
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  5. MobileHolmes

    MobileHolmes I used to be BassoP

    Nov 4, 2006
    Used low end Ibanez maybe? or a Squire. Also used.
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  6. nikolozj


    Dec 15, 2011
    I like the fact that bronco and EB0 are short scale, that makes everything easier
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  7. Ibanez Mikro is a short scale that would also work, the examples I've seen are a bit better in fit & finish than the Broncos I've owned.
  8. Mister Boh

    Mister Boh

    Oct 23, 2016
    Annapolis, MD
    Used all the way. I would scour Craigslist in the surrounding areas and just take the best deal for something (a real instrument) you can leave unattended in a corner. Give it your best attempt at a set-up and you're good to go.
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  9. felis


    Jul 31, 2013
    Midwest, USA
    Mikro and Squier Jaguar SS are the first two I thought of.

    You probably can find any of them used to save a few bucks.
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  10. nikolozj


    Dec 15, 2011
    Oh, and those Jaguars are Vintage Modified. I heard VM series are decent quality compared to other squier crap.
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  11. used Yamaha is your best bang for buck
  12. I have the short scale jag, should have thought to recommend it, it's much nicer than the Bronco.
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  13. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    There are a bunch of Dean basses at $199. Good quality for the price.
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  14. TheSeagoats


    May 21, 2015
    SX basses are a good way to go too. I've upgraded the parts on mine but the build quality was solid out of the box.
  15. nikolozj


    Dec 15, 2011
    better in what ways?

    I never had SX bass, but I had SX guitar and got rid of it. The reason was inconsistent frets. It was impossible to set the intonation, because they don't put frets in the right spots.
  16. BusyFingers


    Nov 26, 2016
    Ibanez Talman
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  17. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    my mikros sound better than my bronco did, although the bronco was a fun bass to play.

    if not a mikro, how about a short scale jag? i love mine.
  18. Used Ibanez is probably going to be the easiest to find quick and plentiful if i had to guess.

    I don't like most of the other suggestions besides Yamaha & SX. Although playing a Squier is a great way to demonstrate 'idgaf'.
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  19. TL23NC


    May 22, 2015
    Raleigh NC
    +1 the BB series is cheap used and of great quality
  20. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    squier Affinity - $99 used in pawn shops.

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