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  • #16
    +1 for the Yammys! Make great basses you should get a good deal on a used one, and there wouldn't be a lot to worry about; they are solid as a rock, durable, well made. love em!

    p.s. get a 5 string
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    • #17
      Some good deals all the time on CL for Ibanez Sound gear series

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      • #18
        The super ferrite pickup on the old Peavey T-20 is pretty sweet. Those basses can be found for cheap and are pretty darn good. Very similar to a P bass but with a little more oomph.
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        • #19
          another vote for the cheap-o yamaha basses here. i bought one 8 years ago as a "first bass" with intentions to buy something better eventually. it plays and sounds so well that i still haven't gotten a new bass. (though i did rip the jazz bass pickup out and swiped the selector pot for use on a guitar)
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          • #20
            I have two Bronco Basses now. You can get them for mad cheap (often <$100 used), and they have a really deep tone if you put flats on them and change the pickups, to a Hot Rail or Red Sensor something like that. They are also easy to play for guitarists, so I think they're a very good choice.
            Electrics: Fender '73 Mustang RI, Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino, Gibson 60s Tribute Les Paul Studio, Daisy Rock Retro-H Deluxe, Squier Hello Kitty Strat x2Acoustics: Taylor 316CE-LTD, Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QITBasses: Squier Badtz Maru Bronco Bass, Aria CSB-300, Fender Mustang Bass RIAmps: Vox TB18C1, Vox Pathfinder 210, Peavey Transtube Envoy, Ampeg Micro VR StackMy Band: http://mittensband.com

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            • #21
              classic vibe the best!

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              • #22
                classic vibe the best!


                I know a setup goes a LONG way but yeah... a smaller local shop has one of the 51 Precision CVs (I think that's what it's called... with the one single coil pickup) and MAN is that thing nice. It's been fully set up, level, crown, dress... they have one just like it at Guitar Center and it's decent, but it feels new and kinda rigid. The other one is just super sweet. If I had any need for a third bass, it's absolutely the first one I'd buy.
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                • #23
                  Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass = Killer everything for $349 (or even less used)
                  Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass = all the above for $299
                  Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass = the greatest bass treat for $299. You Must try One
                  Squier Classic Vibe P Bass, fiesta red = why pay $1299 for the Fender version?

                  These basses Smoke!! And you would be a fool not to try one before you settle for something else.


                  Truth.

                  "No one ever goes to heaven deservingly
                  and no one ever goes to hell unwillingly."
                  -CS Lewis

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                  • #24
                    For me, the best basses in the low-price range are Ibanez and Yamaha. Squiers aren't bad either.
                    Guitars: 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)Pedal Chain: BBE Green Screamer -> MXR Distortion III -> Boss CE-5 -> EH Stereo Pulsar -> Boss DD-20 -> BBE Boosta GrandeAmps: Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5SoundCloud

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                    • #25
                      Thanks, all! I'm off to the music stores this week to check out your suggestions...

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