Your favorite cheap bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bass_Boi, Aug 22, 2003.

  1. Bass_Boi


    Aug 12, 2003
    what is your favorite cheap bass...the price limit is $500 so the bass cant cost more than that
  2. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Hohner B2ADB, it sells for $499 sometimes, so thats undeer 500.
  3. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    I've gotten a used Lakie 55-01 and a used Warmoth J/MM Jazz with Duncans and a J-Retro, both killer basses for under $500. Do they count?

  4. flywheel


    Jul 9, 2003
    Shawnee, KS
    Do you have any pics of that Warmoth? How did you manage to get a Lakland for under $500-- that's a steal isn't it???
  5. SX SPJ-62 Vintage Series 4-String Bass

    I love it.

  6. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    The 55-01 is the cheapest of the Korean-made Skylines, but still a very fine bass. $500 is good, but not ridiculous--the non-Deluxe ones usually run in the $500-600 range used.

    Here's my Warmoth, before the previous owner added the J-Retro preamp:


  7. cheezewiz


    Mar 27, 2002
  8. I think the growl in the Ibanez SR series makes them worth it.....either that or this used Squire Jazz bass I played at this local music store that honestly plays better than almost any Fender I have played..the only mods it had were in the pickups......this was a japanese squire,too.
  9. my little fretless Yamaha 4 string gets a pretty decent fretless tone for the price. i believe i bought it just under $300 new.
  10. Fender MIM Precision bass
  11. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Ibanez Roadstar
    (or any pre-Soundgear model)

    Can be had used for as little as $200, sometimes less.

    Here's a lefty.

  12. BassFiddle63


    Oct 4, 2002
    Late 70's earley 80's Ibanez Musician.
  13. kasbrey


    Aug 23, 2002
    Northampton UK
    '78 Aria Precision - Ash body, Maple neck. Light body and great tone for £200. Goes well with my '76 Fender P which cost me £240 which is also a killer example (but not as well made).
  14. jondog


    Mar 14, 2002
    NYC metro area
    I second SX

    I second pre-SGR Ibanez

    There's a lot of very good basses out there under $500!
  15. christle

    christle Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    My Squire P Special 4 string; made in Indonesia. Surprised the guys in the band with its excellent tone and playability.

    I traded it :bawl:
  16. Your a good person :)

    I would also like to add that my Ibanez GSR200 (which is now fretless) is a good bass for its money.
  17. Bass_Boi


    Aug 12, 2003

    ok now the price range will be $400