HELP a guitarist in need of a sub-600$ bass guitar!

Musicman112

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Hello!

I'm planning to get an electric bass to use in home recording and teaching my wife to play a little. I have played bass quite a lot but I'm generally a guitar nerd and not so familiar with what brands makes the best-bang-for-the-buck-basses. I'm thinking up to 600 dollars maximum and I'm grateful for tips, both new and used. Also, if you got a suggestion for a good amp, I would make me most pleased!

Thanks!
 

ldizzle

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A mim jazz or P bass will get you a long way. $300/400 used?

The ibanez with barts are supposedly great for the money as well and light.

Musicman made a SUB series which would get you in the stingrayish tones below your budget.

I bought my German warwick active 5er for $600 locally totally beat up and missing a tuning machine. But I think this was a 1 off grab. Insanely toneful bass.

Amp at home... I personally just use a BDDI into my interface and save the neighbors.

Good luck!
 
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olejason

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It is impossible to say without knowing what kind of music you want to play, what kind of tones you want, etc. It is kind of like asking "what guitar should I buy?"... there is generally more to it than that :p For home recording an amp is not necessary unless you just want one.
 

cardinal

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These are all good suggestions. IME a German Warwick will blow away everything in that price range. Particularly an ash-bodied Corvette should generally do well in just about any genre.
 

Musicman112

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It is impossible to say without knowing what kind of music you want to play, what kind of tones you want, etc. It is kind of like asking "what guitar should I buy?"... there is generally more to it than that :p For home recording an amp is not necessary unless you just want one.
Yes, of course;) I'm thinking as allround as possible, 4 string and no need for active pickups. I would be playing mostly pop, jazz and maybe fusion with it. So somewhere in this area...:cool:
 

lostpoet2

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My Squier classic vibe precision bass gets a ton of playing time at my house.

I would also highly recommend the entire G&L Tribute series of basses.
 

CharlyG

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I got a Tbird, Longhorn, and Traveler. They were all under $400. look to the left.... That whole setup, including the Rumble V3 115 combo, is right around $1000.

The Longhorn and the T-bird(not the one in the pic, I sold the 5 string) are used.... The Rumble and the Traveler are new.

I forgot to change my avatar for the T-bird IV... have to take a pic this weekend.
 
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duaneflowers

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I picked up a used Epiphone Les Paul Deluxe for pretty much the same reasons... and since I'm pretty much a Les Paul guy for guitar, I acclimated pretty quickly. I guess it all depends on what floats your boat though.
 

202dy

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With a six hundred dollar budget for guitar alone it will be difficult to make a mistake. Most bass guitars will do all of the things you want. It will mainly come down to ergonomics.

  • How does the neck feel in her hand?
  • Is the weight acceptable on a strap?
  • Is the balance such that she can reach first position with ease.
In addition:

  • Used is always the best bang for the buck.
  • A good carcass can always have electronics upgrades performed. A bad carcass isn't worth upgrading.
  • Budget and equal amount for the an amp.
Lastly, for most people, looks and finish are important. Buy something she likes.

Go ye forth and shop!
 
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My Squier V bass is 10 lbs. Incredibly heavy, but sounds great. I bought a padded leather Levy's wide strap. Some basses NEED one.

I didn't buy used, and Sweetwater did an outstanding set-up which you don't always get when buying used. It's all about the price you can find and the quality of the actual instrument. I bought mine blind, I only picked out the actual bass from their Guitar Gallery. That made a big difference, picking out the same bass I would receive.
 

CharlyG

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The Longhorn is light and cool looking if you can find a good deal...and surprisingly has a nice tonal variety. It can approach a Rick tone with rounds...I am using Pressurewounds which hits all my tonal sweet spots!
 

ColonelForbin

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  • A good carcass can always have electronics upgrades performed. A bad carcass isn't worth upgrading.
This ^ !!! If the bass plays and feels well; good weight, good frets, good neck - cosmetic blemishes aside - the electronics can always be upgraded, and the options there are plentiful.
 
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sears

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Take your time, read the Talkbass classifieds. I almost bought a modded, well-played 96 American Deluxe Precision for around that much. I didn't, because I really wanted a more vintage style P.
 




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