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Cheaper bass guitars

Post by Mr Bass Man » Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:28 pm

I was in a music shop recently just browsing at things I can’t afford to buy (as we all do no doubt). One of the guys working in the shop insisted I try this amp – it was a fender 300w 2x10 combo “Grab any bass off the rack” he said.
I grabbed a GL Tribute p style bass – had 1 split p/u and 1 jazz p/u, volume / tone
Well this was one of the nicest basses I’ve played – it was so light and easy to move around the fret board, the amp sounded ok too, but this bass just blew me away… for a cheaper Indonesian made bass (think it was under $600 from memory) it was really nice…
Of course they offered me a special 15% off ‘New Years sale’ discount, but my finances aren’t the best at the moment.

Has anyone else tried a ‘cheaper’ bass / amp and been surprised at how good it feels / sounds?
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Post by T-Dub » Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:36 pm

Mr Bass Man wrote:I was in a music shop recently just browsing at things I can’t afford to buy (as we all do no doubt). One of the guys working in the shop insisted I try this amp – it was a fender 300w 2x10 combo “Grab any bass off the rack” he said.
I grabbed a GL Tribute p style bass – had 1 split p/u and 1 jazz p/u, volume / tone
Well this was one of the nicest basses I’ve played – it was so light and easy to move around the fret board, the amp sounded ok too, but this bass just blew me away… for a cheaper Indonesian made bass (think it was under $600 from memory) it was really nice…
Of course they offered me a special 15% off ‘New Years sale’ discount, but my finances aren’t the best at the moment.

Has anyone else tried a ‘cheaper’ bass / amp and been surprised at how good it feels / sounds?
I had a similar experience with a G & L Tribute Jazz. It sounded awesome! Loud and crunchy. Played reasonably nicely too.

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Re: Cheaper bass guitars

Post by Dan » Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:53 pm

The Sterling Ray 35 I had was an absolute killer, slightly more midrange in price but honestly better than any US musicman I've ever played....at a quarter the price!

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Post by joppo » Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:27 pm

The Squier Classic Vibe and Vintage Modified series are the same price range ($600-700) and are really great basses. I've got a VM fretless jazz and it is an awesome bass

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Re: Cheaper bass guitars

Post by foal30 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:42 am

cheaper basses are of a lot higher quality than say 20 years ago.
the overall standard is a lot higher

I tried an Ibanez ATK about 5 years ago and it played OK and sounded acceptable. I not heard an Ibanez I'd liked since the original Roadster with halfwounds late'80's.

heard some pretty positive stuff about the Korean made MTD gear.
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Re: Cheaper bass guitars

Post by makatak » Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:31 pm

Some of the best players ive had were " cheaper " Basses, for me its all about the setup/strings/shielding etc . Some people just cant play well, no matter how " expensive " the Bass is .

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Re: Cheaper bass guitars

Post by brando28 » Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:59 pm

I tried a friends Peavy fury T-20 from the early eighties (I think), Awesome tone and great feel all for $250 off TM, a good cheaper P style bass.

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