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Old 09-26-2012, 08:16 AM   #1
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Suggest a cheap bass for recording?

Hi folks,

I want to find a cheap Bass for recording. I'm in the UK, so for those across the pond, anything upto $200 used or preferably under $150. I'd like to stay under 100 GBP if possible but will go over if needed.

I plan to plug directly into my interface and just add some basic bass to my tracks. It's not meant to be studio quality recording or anything, just something to complete my demos.

Any ideas on the best I can get for this very low budget?
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:01 AM   #2
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I did this a few years ago & got a Peavey bass for around 70, 'real' bassists who've played it seemed pretty impressed with it & it's been fine for what I've needed it for with enough tonal variance from the two pickups to create different noises for different songs
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:28 AM   #3
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I just traded something for a Barracuda P-bass copy. Its not too bad. I'm pretty sure they're about $100 USD used. Try going to a pawn shop and see what they got
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:42 AM   #4
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I've seen Squiers sell used for around and sometimes less than $100 before. Personally I wouldn't buy a copy if the original is available for the same price. I bought a cheaper copy to learn on once and it was not a good idea. It needed so much work done despite being brand new and sounded rather rattley even with the ridiculously high action that it came with. I'm still trying to sell it now.

The most popular beginner / low budget suggestions seem to be Peavey, Ibanez, Yamaha and Squier. I can't speak for Yamaha or Squier basses first hand since I've never tried them myself, but Peavey and Ibanez are very good. I picked up my Ibanez for 60 and my Peavey for I think about 120, both with hard cases. Peaveys can be found for less than I paid though. Mine was just about 3 months off of being brand new when I bought it and in perfect condition.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:36 PM   #5
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Awesome. I'm open to Ibanez guitars as I already own a couple of Roadstar II's :-)

I've seen a couple of GRS180/190's on eBay today...
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:13 PM   #6
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I did this a few years ago & got a Peavey bass for around 70, 'real' bassists who've played it seemed pretty impressed with it & it's been fine for what I've needed it for with enough tonal variance from the two pickups to create different noises for different songs


+1. Bulletproof, and very cheap used.
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:30 PM   #7
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Just double checked now I'm back home. The model of my guitar is a Peavey Milestone III.

Here's links to a couple currently on ebay:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Peavey-Mi...=item43b3c52217
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PEAVEY-MI...=item337c611b80

Apparently the second will need "some work" on it, but he doesn't say what so I'd be wary about bidding on that one, but the first one looks good.

I also did a quick check on the completed listings, again only 2, one finished at 49 the other at 90.
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:38 PM   #8
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Sent a question to ask what kind of work needs doing on the second one. If it's something minor it might still be worth looking at. Zodiacs are good too, I love mine. There's a Fury listed too currently at 40 with 6 postage. : CLICK Needs a new string tree though. If you're anywhere near Birmingham there's also this Tiger which finishes in 3 hours with a hard case, tab book and tuner. It starts at 80 and there are no bids so far.
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:54 PM   #9
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Sent a question to ask what kind of work needs doing on the second one. If it's something minor it might still be worth looking at. Zodiacs are good too, I love mine. There's a Fury listed too currently at 40 with 6 postage. : CLICK Needs a new string tree though. If you're anywhere near Birmingham there's also this Tiger which finishes in 3 hours with a hard case, tab book and tuner. It starts at 80 and there are no bids so far.


That fury looks almost identical to the Millennium 5 AC BXP. Nice signature quote btw
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:23 PM   #10
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Cheers for that, much appreciated. I actually bid on the Tiger but I wasn't keen to pay over 85 really for something that will only be used occasionally. I'll keep an eye on those others
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:19 PM   #11
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If you're going to use it for recording and only plan on having one bass, I'd save a little more and go with an LTD Vintage-204. I bought mine for $300 new and it is absolutely killer at everything it does. It's a P/J bass for one, so you've got wider tonal options between the single-coil and humbucker. The factory setup is great, the neck is excellent, the fret-work is great, and it sounds great. It's superior to a lot of basses several times its price if you ask me. Trust me, I bought it strictly for recording, but now I actually am a decent bassist as well because this axe just makes me want to play bass. It's that good.

In short, save the extra ~$100 and get a Vintage-204 - you won't regret it.
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:08 PM   #12
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The Squier VM line is quite superb, unless you live in an area where it costs over $400.
You can find a used VM Jaguar (P/J pickups) for $150-200 or a P-Bass/J-Bass for around the same price.

A Peavey Millenium BXP is a nice choice too. I've seen them for $150ish used.

I'm not a fan of Ibanez because they just feel cheap to me until you get to the ones that cost around $1k. (Personal opinion).

I'm not sure how they are for recording, but http://rondomusic.com has a nice, cheap selection of basses.
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:39 PM   #13
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I'm not sure how they are for recording, but http://rondomusic.com has a nice, cheap selection of basses.

In the US maybe, but TS stated in the second sentence of his post that he's in the UK, where after all the shipping fees and charges and all that nonsense they really aren't so cheap. Plus the Rondo return policy (the reason people feel safe buying them in the first place) doesn't extend to international sales.
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Ibanez SR300 or Peavey Millenium BXP.

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I'm not a fan of Ibanez because they just feel cheap to me until you get to the ones that cost around $1k. (Personal opinion).


I personally don't like Squiers because they feel cheap.... and I don't like their more expensive Fender counterparts either. (Personal Opinion)
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:06 AM   #15
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And what we've stumbled across here folks, is a peculiar phenomenon often referred to as subjectivity.

I probably wouldn't bother with Squier, the affinity stuff isn't great (in my experience). The Squier VM/CV stuff kicks seven shades of shit out of all the competition in the same price range, but if 80 is your budget then that price range is about 3x your budget.

Pre-owned is definitely the only way to go if you want something worth owning for that sort of money.
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And what we've stumbled across here folks, is a peculiar phenomenon often referred to as subjectivity.

That is true of any "what shall I buy" thread.
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That fury looks almost identical to the Millennium 5 AC BXP. Nice signature quote btw


So it does. And thanks. Can't really take credit for the wording though.

The seller of the white Milestone III says the work that's needed is cosmetic only and it's still at 9.99 with 13.95 postage with just over 5 days left. The finish is worn in one place probably where his arm/sleeve has rubbed and there's some pale grey writing around the bottom on the back. Not sure if that's a sticker or not. And there's a small mark on the back of the headstock but other than that it looks pretty good to me. And since the ad still says it needs work and he hasn't posted the question on the page he's probably less likely to get bids from other people.

Depending on where you're based since it has no case I'm still trying to shift my Lindo if you just want something really really basic. Might need new saddles though, they don't move very easily.
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And what we've stumbled across here folks, is a peculiar phenomenon often referred to as subjectivity.

I probably wouldn't bother with Squier, the affinity stuff isn't great (in my experience). The Squier VM/CV stuff kicks seven shades of shit out of all the competition in the same price range, but if 80 is your budget then that price range is about 3x your budget.

Pre-owned is definitely the only way to go if you want something worth owning for that sort of money.


Indeed. I could spend more but I'm not planning to get heavily into bass playing so it doesn't seem worth spending too much.
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So it does. And thanks. Can't really take credit for the wording though.


No well I just liked the fact that it was from my bass thread
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So it does. And thanks. Can't really take credit for the wording though.

The seller of the white Milestone III says the work that's needed is cosmetic only and it's still at 9.99 with 13.95 postage with just over 5 days left. The finish is worn in one place probably where his arm/sleeve has rubbed and there's some pale grey writing around the bottom on the back. Not sure if that's a sticker or not. And there's a small mark on the back of the headstock but other than that it looks pretty good to me. And since the ad still says it needs work and he hasn't posted the question on the page he's probably less likely to get bids from other people.

Depending on where you're based since it has no case I'm still trying to shift my Lindo if you just want something really really basic. Might need new saddles though, they don't move very easily.


Cheers for that. I think I'll bid for the Milestone III. Couldn't care less about cosmetic damage.
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