Best cheap cheap cheap bass for recording

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  1. Ecadad

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    I'm moving for a year and I won't be able to bring most of my musical gear, just my most used acoustic and an electric guitar. I want to purchase a very cheap (under $300) bass for recording with. No gigging or anything, just recording DI. I'm very happy to buy used. I plan on selling or giving it away at the end of this year, I just need it to lay down bassic lines for what I record this year before I come back to my usual equipment.

    What bass for under $300, preferably closer to $200, new or used, do you suggest?


    Has anyone tried a Xaviere bass or have an opinion on one as opposed to a Squire?
     
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    My wife bought a used Jay Turser "hofner knock off" a couple of years ago off craigslist, to use as a knock around bass for when she doesn't want to risk her Conklin Sidewinder 5 string. Surprizingly a good sounding bass and it plays well! And, it came with a nice gig bag, nice chords, and a little Fender bass amp. All for the rock bottom price of 125 bucks! Guy bought it years ago wanting to learn how to play, tried for 6 months and put it all in the closet for the next 20 years... until my wife bought it ;) So... hope this helps.
     
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    I don't know the current cost of one but when I needed one for the same reason I just picked up a Squier J-Bass. Sounded great, has held up well and wasn't expensive. I love the J-Bass!
     
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    My friend has one of these and it sounds fantastic! I might look into one
     
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    Do you happen to know what model? I have a hard time figuring out all the different series from Squire
     
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    Don't know what "sound" you'll be going for, but, whatever you get, I would put a set of flatwounds on it, for THAT sound. ;)
     
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    I have flats on my Hofner and I love it to death... but it's not as versatile as what I would need in a single recording bass. It's great when I have 3 basses at my disposal, but for having a single bass I'll have to stick with rounds.
     
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    What kind of music?
     
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    I do a lot of different genres. Indie, alt, rock, folk, country, pop, disco, hip hop, electronica...

    For reference, my usual basses are a Warwick streamer (essentially a J Bass in tone and pickup configuration, passive pups), a P Bass, and a Hofner Violin bass.
     
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    If you can find one out there in the used marker, a Peavey Fury is a pretty good US made P-bass copy. I have one but it's loaned out to a relative who plays it in church.

    Another used one would be the Squier Standard P-Bass. They were discontinued recently.

    One the new side, the Squier CV and Contemporary models are nice but slightly over your budget new.
     
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    The Rogue BB clone goes on sale at GC/MF on a regular basis. They were $150 over Labor Day.

    The Squier Bronco is a fun bass, that is often found used for less than $100 used. There is a CV Mustang coming out @ Black Friday, its just over budget but BF promotions might make it doable.

    For a full scale instrument the Affinty P- bass is hard to beat.
     
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    Oh yeah! I mean't to mention that my wife's knock off Hofner came with flats already on it, plus an extra set of strings still in the package! So, you can certainly find a deal out there. If you already play a Hof, you need to check out the Tursers... it might be right up your alley.
     
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    A few years ago I bought a Squier vintage modified Jaguar bass for recording for about $150 from Amazon. It has a short scale, with a P-bass split pickup and J-bass bridge. It plays really well with a thin neck; fretwork was good; I like the short scale as a guitar player - no complaints about playability. It works Ok for recording but the electronics seem pretty weak overall. I'm not doing much recording now but if I did, I'd be tempted to upgrade the pickups for a richer tone and put some brighter strings on it. Then it would be a player. That particular model isn't available anymore but probably other low-end Squiers would be comparable.

    Maybe you would do better spending $300 out of the gate than I did spending $150 and then wishing for $150 in upgrades.
     
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    I have a Douglas violin bass from Rondo that was about $149 new, but I don't see any on their site at the moment. It's virtually identical to an Epiphone Viola bass, but half the price. The round wound strings it comes with are crap. I had flats on it for a while, but I actually like it better with D'Addario rounds on it, medium scale. It has a woody, acoustic sort of sound and records well direct. You can hear it on this track:

    https://guitarsophist.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/funkyonechordjam-newcomp.mp3
     
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    I've played some used Furys in the stores and they always seem super solid. I'll keep an eye out.
     
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    We bought an Ibanez Mikro for my wife and the small size would be great if you're traveling light. They make a fiver for under $200 with J-style pickups.
     
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    I'm a little weary of getting a shortscale bass as my only bass... good to know that the Affinity is a good choice
     
  18. Mike Simpson

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    When I was looking for the same thing I bought a used MIM bass, I can always sell it for what I paid for it. Find a nice used MIM P or J whichever you like. I bought a used MIM J bass for $200 or $250 and eventually also bought a nicer used 51 P-bass.


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    The whole 1st page of Amazon is full size bass guitars under 200$.
    Just search, Bass Guitars.
     
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    The Ibanez GSR200 did the trick for me!
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