About 10-12 years ago I had rotator cuff surgery and for quite a while during recovery, playing my regular basses was impossible. A friend of mine loaned me an Ibanez Mikro bass guitar, and I was able to play all my gigs and not cancel any. It was super easy to play, sounded great, and the intonation was perfect. I was sad to return it, and wouldn't hesitate to buy one and gig with it. They're around $100 on the used market.I really want to try playing bass guitar and because my budget sucks right now, I'm looking at the cheap "off brand" basses thinking that if it doesn't hold my interest, I have little to lose. I've heard enough of "You'll get what you pay for..." and I get it. But I've learned quite a bit from working on previous lesser expensive guitars and think I can do just as well with my own labor to tweak, cleanup, & setup a new, inexpensive model bass, or maybe a beat-up used bass if I'm lucky to find one cheap enough!
So, how bad are the low-budget basses now-a-days? ....any that stand out? I've read & seen videos where so may brag about the better quality $100 cheapos that, unlike the old days, are a hell of a lot better than years ago.
Am I totally wasting my time? Or are opinions really useless because those that can afford more expensive guitars will automatically criticize the inexpenive models, and the $100 owners wil always up-play the comparison to expensive models?