I want to get a Jazz bass on a budget. Suggestions?

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  1. Glowing Tubes

    Glowing Tubes Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm going to take up the bass for recording and maybe even playing out.
    Ive seen several decent looking Fender and Squire jazz basses. Want to keep this cheap, under $400 if possible.
    What are some of my better options for a jazz bass at this price point?

    Thanks
     
  2. omahaaudio

    omahaaudio Senior Member

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    You should be able to find a decent MIM Fender Jazz bass s/h for around $400. Check the Guitar Center website along with EBay, Reverb and, of course, the TGP Emporium.
     
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    In my opinion, the Squier CV Jazz is consistently the best jazz bass out of the entire Fender/Squier family. Even if funds were unlimited, I can't see any reason for buying anything else. It'll handle live or recording tasks with ease, and look great doing so.
     
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  5. Wibcs39

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    I just bought a used MIM Jazz bass for 300 with a hard case which I think was a fair deal.

    I hear good things about the Squier CV series. I haven't played a Squier CV bass. However, I am a guitarist mainly and despite the rave reviews, the CV guitars I have played felt cheap and plastic-y compared to Fender branded MIM instruments. Just my opinion...I am sure they are worth checking out!
     
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    Do look at Squier Vintage Modified j-basses, too. New about $300. Pay close attention to the neck, it seems to be the most variable aspect of these basses, and you may have to look at a few before you find "the one". I had a VM Fretless j-bass for a while that was great.
     
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    You should also check out the G&L Tribute line. I just got a supercheap JB-2 and I love it! I used to play a Squier VM Jazz with the Duncan Designed pickups. To my ears, the Tribute smokes it in every way. The only thing that might put you off is that it has a P-bass shaped body. But, it is worth checking out.
     
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    I'd go for a used MIM Standard Jazz (should be around $300) over any of the Squiers, but the Squiers are pretty decent too.
     
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    the best cheap bass i played was a Squier Jazz bass. It had that weird plastic (??) fingerboard.

    Edit: this one

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  10. georgestrings

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    Peavey MIA Foundation - surprising build quality for a bass that can be had for $200 or so... There are several on GC's used gear pages right now...


    - georgestrings
     
  11. Glowing Tubes

    Glowing Tubes Gold Supporting Member

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    I will have to search and compare.


    I like the look of that.

    I. Looking for a Jazz bass, just prefer the look over Peavey.

    I will have to look at the G&L though, like their guitars.
     
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    Vintage Modified and Classic Vibe Fenders are great. Used Mexican Standards and Deluxes, G&L Tributes... all are great for the sub $400 range.
     
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    I got a new Fender MIM FSR Jazz from Guitar Center over Xmas when they had their "$100 off $499+" promotion running. So it cost me $399 brand new. If you look around you can find some good deals, both new and used.
     
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    Inexpensive Jazz basses are out there if you're patient.

    I found good deals here and on Craigslist.
    I bought a white Squier Custom Classic Vibe Jazz Bass for $120 two years ago.
    And I bought my white Fender MIM Jazz Bass for $175. Both needed a little TLC, but after a little elbow grease and a good setup, they are both good instruments.

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