#1
So I picked up bass a little over a year ago on top of my guitar playing and I was looking for an upgrade from my Ibanez GSR200. Would a standard precision bass be a good bass to buy?
#2
Any kind of bass would be a good bass to buy.
It depends on what genre of music you mostly play, your budget, and any preferences on a bass (pickup configuration, scale length, body wood, type of bass, etc)
#3
Like the above, what genre's do you play?

A P bass is really nice, but remember it only has one pick-up, so if you want to be dynamic with your tone maybe something with two pick-up (like the jazz bass) will be a better choice. If you wanna play heavy stuff maybe it'd be smart to look into active pick-ups or humbucker pick-ups like a Stingray.
#4
Sorry I forgot to mention that. I don't play too much metal. I play a bit of everything and I'm in a garage rock band so I don't think the fact that it only has one pickup would matter
#5
P basses are more versatile then a lot of people think.
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In the end, the only question is: what bass would Jesus play?

I think he's a Fender Jazz guy.
#6
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P basses are more versatile then a lot of people think.

P basses are the pinnacle of simple versatility.

A Precision can sit well in the mix and be at home in any kind of music. It may be a bit of a one trick pony but its a very good trick that'll do the job 99.9% of the time. The Fender Standard Precision (MIM) is a good bass, and definately an upgrade from an Ibanez GSR200, but you'll find it's a much much better value if you buy one used. If you're buying new, consider a Squier Classic Vibe Precision, the quality is comparable to the MIM Standard and it's significantly cheaper.

By the way, what kind of budget do you have to work with?
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#7
Yeah I've heard good things about those. My budget is around $600 which is about the price of the standard p bass. I'd be willing to buy used too
#8
600 bucks might get you a used MIA P bass standard.
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In the end, the only question is: what bass would Jesus play?

I think he's a Fender Jazz guy.
#9
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600 bucks might get you a used MIA P bass standard.

He'd have to get real lucky for an American Standard. Maybe a Highway One or American Special though, and it's definitely used MIJ territory on CL.
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#10
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He'd have to get real lucky for an American Standard. Maybe a Highway One or American Special though, and it's definitely used MIJ territory on CL.

Theres a few on GC's used section, granted most are MIJ Muistangs or Jags.

In all honesty I'd rather have an older Highway 1 Jazz since they have better hardware (badass bridges)
Quote by FatalGear41
In the end, the only question is: what bass would Jesus play?

I think he's a Fender Jazz guy.
#11
the 60's cv p bass may sound sometimes better than some of the mim's so it's clearly a best buy in this range
#12
I got my SR-400 off of Homie Discount, its ok but the electrics went out after 15 years this weekend and now I am buying an Ursa 2 from Rondo. But I have had the Squier P-Bass and it was nice, so was the Epiphone P-Bass I had.

I would have to say the Ibanez was slightly nicer just cause its a more expensive bass even though I got it used, but I really liked he squier, which I had about 7 years ago, when I won it for free out of box. But I can get the Ursa for the same price, so that is my logic in getting it instead of the Squier.