Cheap bass for guitar player

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by KC, Nov 15, 2018.

  1. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Washburn XB-100. I had two but gave one to a friend for his son to play. Normally they have a P-bass pickup only, I modded this one with two Jazz pickups and a Strat 5-way switch for the usual mayhem. It gets really down low when I want it. 'been workin' on the Quack though ;)

    I got this one for $40 and the Jazz pickups were $6 each. The other one I got for $35 and a free Strat-like-object with it, that after a fret level it does as well as my MIM.

    Washburn is made by Samick which makes 80% of the import guitars for everyone. So other brands you might grab are probably Samick-made too.


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    Royal Blood plays Bass as a lead guitar using an octave (up) pedal.

     
  2. Boomhauer

    Boomhauer Friend of Leo's

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    If I may be so bold, I went into the shop last fall 100% certain I was going to buy a Squier Bronco bass. The guitar guru, a friend of my cousin, gently suggested that I maybe spend a few bucks more on an entry-level Ibanez. I picked it up, plugged it in, and was immediately hooked...I've never had a guitar draw me in and make me want to play it as much as that Ibanez. To this day, I have a hard time putting it down! It's wonderful in its simplicity; 1 pickup and 2 knobs. To compare the Ibanez to the Bronco is night and day...Yes, the Bronc is brash and loud, cool in its own right, but I couldn't shake the cheap feeling. The Ibanez felt completely different; it felt like an instrument over a toy, it felt warm and powerful.
     
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    Rondo music. Looks just like a Fender. 200 dollars. And great quality. ursa2rnctashna5.jpg ursa2mncashna5.jpg ursa2ctmnash3ts5.jpg
     
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  4. Gene O.

    Gene O. Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    I just picked a TMB-100 (because of the recommendations here) and so far I’m happy. It arrived set up perfectly - plays very easy (important for a non-bassist) and perfectly intonated. Sounds very good (to my old ears). Only issue is the saddle on the E string rattles, but that can be fixed easily.
     
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  5. Zepfan

    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

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    Squier Bass VI.
     
  6. Frank'n'censed

    Frank'n'censed Doctor of Teleocity

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    SX used to be a stupid good deal for your money...not sure about today?
     
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    They used to be all over guitar shops, don't see them anywhere now..
     
  8. Martinp

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    for my money, it's either the yamaha trbx, or the Ibanez soundgear, for $199. both solid instruments, with a a PJ setup.
     
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    Get the Digitech Drop! It will make any of your guitars sound like a bass!
     
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    I love my cheap Indonesian made Hofner Violin bass. They are surprisingly well made and have that sound which may or may not suit your musical style. I wanted to get away from the typical Fender punch for a rounder plumby sound that sits really well especially with acoustic guitar/drum mixes.

    Definitely worth auditioning and should be available used within your budget.......I'd recommend costing in a set of LaBella flats to complete the vibe.
     
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  11. KC

    KC Friend of Leo's

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    went with the Squier VM Jaguar SS, had a short scale bass a while ago & thought it recorded well, will report when it gets here. The TMB was a close second. thanks, fellas, for all your help.
     
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    Every guitar player should have a bass. I bought a Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Short-Scale and enjoyed noodling on it. I got the itch to learn to play fretless and was planning on pulling the frets, but then found an Ibanez SR370EF at a local shop and they offered me a great trade-in for the Squier, so I upgraded. I had to start learning to play long-scale, which has affected my muscle memory; I picked up a guitar and tried to fret the headstock. I really like tape-wound strings and the active EQ of the Ibanez can make the bass sound wildly different. I learned the hard way you can't leave them plugged in!
     
  14. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    Good choice - truth be told all basses sound pretty much fine unless you're doing something fancy and unusual with them. For a root-5 thing with an occasional walkdown in a rock or country context, I doubt anyone can tell the difference between a $150 Basswood Squier and a 5k Petrified Koa Sadowski. And I say that as a Lakland owner....
     
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    Cant beat a squier bass! Can be had for cheap and work well.
     
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    I just did a deal with a friend of mine to buy his old Squier Precision bass. I already had a P style bass, but it was a very cheap 1980s no name model and I'd left it in my loft for 15 years...it is now like a banana, with action measured in inches not mm. :cry:

    Only had chance for a decent play of the Squier tonight and did some recording direct into a multitracker I have...sounds great (well the tone I mean as my playing needs more practice). I lowered the action a touch and set the intonation up, now it's spot on. I'm sure more expensive ones might be nicer to play, but this will certainly do for me.
     
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    Consider a used Yamaha BB of some kind. Many do great Fender tones and the quality is very high for the dollar. Used they can be pretty cheap. My BB415 is a killer PJ bass.
     
  18. The Angry Possum

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    Fender Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass Indonesia. Bought mine shipped w case for $225 used on Reverb.
     
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  19. Dismalhead

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    I've got the same bass. How do you like it? IMO it is the ultimate "guitarist's" bass.

    I swapped out the pickups for a used '05 American P-Bass pickup ($30 on EBay) and a Fender stacked-humbucker Jazz Bass pickup that I got for another $30 on closeout. Sounds TONS better now; holds up fine side-by-side with high end basses.
     
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