What is your favorite P/J style bass for under $500?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by aparker82, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. aparker82


    Sep 19, 2012
    Mine would have to be a Fender Lyte, had a chance to buy one a couple years back and passed...wished I would have snagged it when I had the chance. Anyways, what's your favorite?
  2. Godin Freeway 4
  3. GK Growl

    GK Growl

    Dec 31, 2011
    I'm in love with my new Squier Precision Bass Standard (P/J), so much so I just bought another one. Before that, the only P/J I owned was a Fender Precision Bass Plus (Lace sensors, boner bass). Sounded OK but I always thought the Lace Sensors sounded very sterile.
  4. Thundar

    Thundar Living in sin at the Holiday Inn Supporting Member

    Spector NS2A or Yamaha BB
  5. Peavey Zodiac's.
  6. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    Ditto on the Squier. I am looking for a second one now. This is really an amazing instrument. However, I am a Peavey fan, and you have encouraged me to look for a Zodiac! the GAS never stops.
  7. aparker82


    Sep 19, 2012
    Do the squiers sounds as good as a lyte or better perhaps?
  8. Bobster


    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I'm very happy with my Fender Modern Player Jaguar. I did put a DP148 DiMarzio in the bridge position to go noiseless. I also went to stacked 62 style pots.

    Very well made instrument for not much cash, and my favorite P/J ever.

  9. rockscott


    Aug 28, 2010
    Modern player jaguar!
  10. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    I am very happy with my Squier VM Jaguar "Standard", but then again, you don't get much for under 500$ around here!
  11. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    My Faux Fender Squier. Completely tricked out. New tuners, Fender Bridge w/threaded saddles, Straploks, EMG active P/J with BTC & EMG concentric Volume/volume knob.
  12. MrPierre


    Oct 22, 2012
    I have an Ibanez Roadstar II (P-bass) from the early eighties that I absolutely love. Paid 175$ for it 5 years ago, it was my first bass.

    I'll play that bass until it dies on me before I get a modern Squier.
  13. JMac- Wiskerface Designs

    JMac- Wiskerface Designs Terror headcase dude

    Jul 8, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
  14. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    If I'd go out and buy one right now, I'd pick up an LTD Vintage 4
  15. kjpollo


    Mar 17, 2008
    I know the Yamaha BB's are under $500, but can you get an NS2A for that?
    Dont get me wrong I had one and I LOVED it, but I thought the used ones were a little above $500 lately.

    I'd also like to know if the OP wants active or passive. If he wants passive I recommend the Schecter Model T.
    Brand new they're $100 over budget but used ones can be had for less. I got mine new on Amazon a couple years ago for about $375 when they were doing one of those deals where they keep dropping the price everyday until a couple get sold and then the price goes back up.
    Its an excellent bass- I got the butterscotch finish- maple neck with rosewood FB, alder body, Duncan SPB-2 and SJB-2 pickups (the 'hot' version of that series) and it sounds tremendous!
  16. maxschrek

    maxschrek Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2006
    Chattanooga, TN.
    The original early 80's Hamer Cruisebasses, what's not to love about an all mahagony, set neck P/J Jass bass;).
  17. smogg


    Mar 27, 2007
    NPR, Florida
    I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
    Late '80's USA Peavey Foundation S. Best P/J I have ever owned or played. If I were to ever move back to a 4 string that is the bass I would seek out.
  18. Zoa


    Dec 28, 2009
    Yamaha BB
  19. aparker82


    Sep 19, 2012
    I've owned both active and passive and would be fine with either, just looking for something that plays well and has a great tone :)
  20. Groovy_Gravy


    Apr 26, 2012
    i have a squier p bass special, i use it live all the time!