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Best cheap cheap cheap bass for recording

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by Ecadad, Sep 17, 2019.

  1. fendrguitplayr

    fendrguitplayr Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    If you don't mind used, you might find an Epiphone Viola for about $200. Kind of a Beatle bass type :

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  2. VintageSG

    VintageSG Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Ibanez Mikro for all round goodness. Epiphone EB-0 ( or EB-3 ) if Cream type wufflebass is on the agenda. Another Epiphone is the Tobias Deluxe IV. Kind of funky in its own right.
    Yamaha basses aren't to everyone's recipe, but I found them to be wonderful to play and a wide range of tones from mud to sparkle were easy to coax.
    You can't go wrong with a Squier P or J bass though. A P with a J pickup at the bridge is perhaps one of the best bass types out there.
     
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  4. Ecadad

    Ecadad Tele-Holic

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    Thanks for all the advice! I sure love basses.

    I found a Squire Affinity PJ new on sale so I pulled the trigger. Seems good enough for what I need
     
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  5. chris m.

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    P-Bass is probably on more albums than any other bass in history. Can't go wrong with a basic P-bass.
    I have a nice vintage ESP P-bass copy but have been thinking I should try flat wounds....

    That Ibanez sure looks nice, too. Hard to go wrong with Ibanez or Yamaha at any given price point, IMO.
     
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    Definately a P bass. Those record better than most. Even if they are a bit "not-exciting" on their own, in a mix they work out often better than many fancy basses. Fresh strings are a must when u buy a used bass or one that's been hanging around in transport or in a shop. And keep whiping down the strings the after you play. Used Squier, maybe a Harley Benton. They all need a setup to play right.
     
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    Awesome - I was going to suggest this. They are remarkably well made and the tone my son gets out of his is way better than the ceramic pickups from my 2008-2009 era MIM! All the basses you have home sound fantastic, but if you have to choose one, and only one, a PBass can cover the most ground for you. We played 4 Affinities before settling on one for my son and the first three were okay, but rather cheap feeling. The last was awesome - night and day! Turns out, although it looked mint, this one was used and properly set up by the previous owner - frets rolled and polished, flat wounds installed, but otherwise stock. This is the one we bought!

    (Oh - nothing against ceramic pickups - his are too I think - but properly adjusted height wise, his just sounds better - can't have that - the MIM is getting an upgrade ;) )
     
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    I have a squier bronco that was super cheap and plays great. Used was like$100.
     
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    My bass player has been gigging a knockoff '51 by Harley Benton.
    Plays great.
    Needed some electronics upgrades.
    I'm happy with my J-bass from Rondo for the rare occasions I play bass.
     
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    I'll second the Ibanez 200! Played it with round and flats love the sound and play-a-bility. Great neck, comes with a "bass boost" but I've found better tones without it. Have recorded direct and give it a thumbs up!

    KC
     
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    Whatizitman Friend of Leo's

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    Squire has basically two lines. The Infinity and Classic Vibe. Classic Vibes are a step up, and can be had used for reasonable prices. Lots of love on talkbass.

    Infinity PJ on sale for $160. Not my first choice. But if cheap, versatility, and playable is what you need. Probably not a bad deal.

    https://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass/squier-affinity-series-pj-bass-limited-edition
     
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    Gretsch Junior Jet II Bass. Fantastic tone and quality for only $299 new!
     
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    Another vote for a P-Bass. Squier makes good value instruments, and an used/upgraded one may well be a bargain.
     
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    I tried a lot of basses and was very impressed with the Ibanez GSR200. Great price. I ended up spending a lot more on a G&L Tribute Kiloton that felt like a match made in heaven, but the Ibanez was second favorite and beat out the Fender offerings for me.
     
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    Yamaha: good VFM
     
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    Secret to a good recording bass is "hum-free" and in tune.

    That's it

    I know a guy does radio/TV work for a living, mainly intros/jingles etc.

    He uses the $100 Harley Benton guitars/basses.
     
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