underrated basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Harpo, Feb 11, 2001.

  1. Harpo


    Feb 1, 2001
    Kings Park NY
    What do you folks think the most underrated bass is my vote is the G&L L-2000
  2. Yes, the L-2000 possibly, although I do seem to notice that people are starting to discover their value more and more lately.

    My other vote might be the Gibson Ripper from the '70s. Gibson made a lot of so-so basses before that so there have been a lot of prejudices against them. I think by the time the Ripper came along, a lot of folks had made up their minds that Gibson basses didn't sound all that great so I think the Ripper was overlooked. It didn't help that the Grabber and G-3 confused a lot of people since they all look similar - but IMO, the Ripper is a far better sounding bass than the other two and slightly better made.

    The Ripper is an incredibly warm, yet clear and punchy sounding bass, and a great deal on the vintage market.
  3. Harpo


    Feb 1, 2001
    Kings Park NY
    Hamer Cruise Bass with 2-tek bridge great value and build
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I think G&L are the ultimate, non-custom shop basses around. My vote gotta be for the Dean "Edge Q". They cost about $350 for the 4 string, they are available in 4-5-6 string versions, have EMG-HZ which sound very awesome, active pre-amps, GORGOUS quilted maple tops, black hardware, the necks feel great. They are very compatable w/the Spector "NS-2000 Q" series. I've played a bunch of em & thay sound alot better than alot of basses in the $300-$600 price range.

    <center><img src="http://www.deanguitars.com/gph/edge_q52.jpg"><img height=385 width=290 src="http://www.deanguitars.com/gph/edge_q6.jpg"></center>

    [Edited by Nino-Brown on 02-11-2001 at 06:12 PM]
  5. Harpo


    Feb 1, 2001
    Kings Park NY
    Hamer Cruise Bass with 2-tek bridge great value and build
  6. VictorLeMonteWooten


    Dec 6, 2000
    definately an american precison (they get some good credit, but there's never enough)
  7. jasmedia


    Feb 4, 2001
    The Precision and Jazz Deluxe Basses-people seem to look down on them because of their slightly different body shapes.These are great basses and undervalued in the used market.
  8. Early 80s Yamaha BB300, a hyper-quality P that was largely ignored. Only the black finish wasn't ugly. I hear they came with alder bodies, but the one that got my attention had a mahogany body, slick, fast maple/rosewood neck (20 frets, boo), and a wonderful pickup. Lot of magic there.

    And if anyone sees one of these in a local newspaper or pawn shop or music store at the typical $100 to $150 price range, all original, black, with nice frets and no neck dents and NO amateur repairs (overall condition VG or better), let me know (if you don't snap it up yourself).

    Willing to drive a decent distance from Yorktown, Virginia to look it over, else will have to take it on approval.
  9. Deynn

    Deynn Moderator Emeritus

    Aug 9, 2000
    Schecter basses are overlooked and underated...but LOTS of bass for the money...:)
  10. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    Toss-up between the Am Jazz Dlx and the Epi Casady Signature bass. They're both great basses that can be had for WAY less than they're worth on the used market.
  11. I've tried out a Hamer Jazz (I think it must have been a cruise, I don't think it had the 2tek bridge though..).. it was selling for 350 or so, and is one of the few basses to really amaze me as far as value goes.

    I really liked how it sounded, the neck felt incredibly similar to my Peavey (which is actually a good thing), but the bass didn't sound that much better to justify me buying it.

    I have to say that Peavey basses are underrated. I have never played a bad Peavey bass (I've never played one from a long time ago, either, but oh well). Before writing this I tried hard to come up with a bad Peavey experience, and I couldn't.
  12. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    Quick, someone get steamboat a Peavey T-40!!!!:eek: ;)

    That'll cure you...

    ...in all seriousness, I believe the newer Peavey basses (post '95) are highly underrated basses. They still suffer from their highly deserved reputation back in the 70's and 80's, but undeservedly so now. Same goes for their bass amplification stuff.
  13. IMO the most underrated basses are Washburns. The low end models are excellent value for money.
  14. MrGump


    Apr 20, 2000
    The G+L L-2000,I believe is underVALUED not underrated! I think most players know of the capabilities of this bass.The truly underrated basses are the early SB2 (two J type P/Us)Lynx,ElToro,and the king of underrated G+Ls the L-1000!
  15. Sorry, Andy, I cant agree. I used to sell Washburns, and every single one had the same 3 faults. A hump in the fingerboard at the 2nd and 3rd frets, a noisy and sizzly treble, and a woofy bass.
    Gard, I agree with you on the latest Peaveys. I'm not a Peavey fan, but their latest models are deserving of a better rap.
  16. Fine. I have owned two XB200s, and they were, for the low price, excellent. They didn't demonstrate any of the probs you refer to. Neither do the slightly more expensive but still dead cheap RB series.

    Cheapness is relative. The RB2000 here is 100 dollars LESS than a MIM Fender.
  17. Funkster


    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    G&L gets my vote but a honerable mention goes to the
    St Blues Bluesking they were made in the early 80's in Memphis Tenn and they were the best bass of that time.I have two of them...

    [Edited by Funkster on 02-12-2001 at 08:21 AM]
  18. chance6245


    Sep 25, 2000
    If people can get past the "coolness" of the name of the headstock they can walk away with a killer bass and money in their pocket versus one of the "cool" brands that want alot more for the same QA and features.

  19. darthspada


    Jan 20, 2001
    Lancaster, PA
    ELECTRA basses!!!!!!!! At least that's my opinion. I picked a used one up for $200 US. I'll never sell it, but I would at least triple my investment if I were to sell. Don't be fooled by the looks, I'll post a pic of mine soon. It's the playability and tone of the instrument that make it so incredible.
  20. Deynn

    Deynn Moderator Emeritus

    Aug 9, 2000
    Darth...I couldn't agree more about Electra basses. Here is a pic of my LP Custom.