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Unread 01-14-2012, 05:26 PM   #1
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Best sounding cheap bass (less than $200)

Hey guys,

I have been playing guitar for about 10 years on and off now (actually learned using CGR's lessons page back in 2001!). Now, I am wanting to play with recording....mainly starting off by recording one man covers of songs.

I just got an M-Audio Fast Track Pro and some Sennheiser headphones for Christmas for recording. Now in addition to a cheap apartment friendly electric drum set, I am wanting to get a cheap bass. I am not a bass player by any means (or drum player either), but I can play these well enough at least to create backup music for my guitar playing. Wouldn't be bad to improve my skills on those instruments either

So the bass doesn't need to be fancy, or new (I imagine used would be the best route)...just have decent sound! Any under $200 recommendations?

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Unread 01-14-2012, 07:38 PM   #2
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You should be able to find a nice used Squier for around 200, but I'd look around on craigslist and see what pops up on there.
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You should be able to find a nice used Squier for around 200, but I'd look around on craigslist and see what pops up on there.
Heck, I wouldn't spend more than $150 on anything that wasn't a VM from Squier.
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An old USA Peavey foundation or some of the T series Basses come up in that range. Warning, T series basses sound awesome but feel as if they are made of lead. I sold mine because it hurt my back.
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I just picked up a used Dean Edge 1 for our kids praise group for $125 with case shipped. It' a sweet playing and sounding bass. I've also had a Peavey Millenium bass that was quite nice. MF has one for $199 new. Also, I have played a few SX basses from Rondo Music and for the price, they are quite good. A used Squire should fill the bill too.
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These SX basses have a pretty good rep for bang-for-the-buck... I have one of their jazz copies as a back up to my more expensive main bass. I have had several students buy them, and I know a lotta guys gig with em...
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Unread 05-19-2012, 01:42 PM   #7
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I got my Squier VM Jazz Bass for $149. It needed new strings and the tone knob was missing but it was a good deal for me
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I got my Squier VM Jazz Bass for $149. It needed new strings and the tone knob was missing but it was a good deal for me
That is an excellent price for one of those as well.
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Yeah, only took like $10 to make it look brand new
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Unread 05-20-2012, 12:47 PM   #10
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Squier p bass is a good reliable bass i picked up a kit in September came with a little practice amp which i traded in to get a rumble 45 w. I have only been playing since september the church was looking for a back up bass player and i had always wanted to play. Boy is it a lot difrent than playing trumpet in highschool good luck finding written music for bass the best you can hope for is tab then again just because it sais g doesn,t tell you which g on which string. This is really forcing me to to stretch and be humble.

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Unread 05-21-2012, 02:28 AM   #11
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written music?

C'mon Paul, we're bassists!!

half of us can't even read writin let alone understand all those little dots & squiggles!

and isn't stave a medical term for a sprain?

as to a decent cheap bass, dunno if they have them stateside but I had a westfield for years and it was beautiful looking played sweet as honey and sounded good too!
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I got my Squier VM Jazz Bass for $149. It needed new strings and the tone knob was missing but it was a good deal for me
I'd have to go with this.
You can usually find a used Squier VM Jazz or Precision for about $200. They're excellent for the money. I love my VM Jazz and I'm considering to get a VM Jaguar.
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