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Obviously never tried those particular models, but I have played similar entry level guitars and was not impressed.

There are good cheap guitars out there, but I wouldn't expect these to be among them, packages like this are designed to be sold at general retail chains (places like Argos in the uk) to people who don't really know what they're looking for.

As a general rule, avoid any make of guitar which isn't available at specialist guitar stores.
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they'll be ok, I mean they'll probably be some of the worst basses u can get but by no means is that bad. Guitars are so commonly mass produced these days that even the cheapest are half descent and playable.

However i would definitely advise buying second hand and getting a much better bass for the same price.
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Years ago my brother got one of these extremely-entry level guitars off of eBay, much similar to what you have posted. I would venture to say they're ok. I mean, just ok. Nothing special at all, but not a complete waste of money. Just...so-so.

These instruments are ok to learn on and possibly experiment with (or if you're feeling particularly bored in the future, transform into a new beast entirely). I wouldn't use one to gig with. At best, these are an ok choice if you're not entirely sure you want to play bass and don't want to invest too much into it. Otherwise, I'd say hit up a music store and try out some Ibanez/Squier/Yamaha basses.
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Just by poking through Aussie eBay I found this. The Samick Greg Bennets are great value for money, they're pretty tanky and they sound decent too.
This Epiphone Accubass is a pretty decent deal.
Have you got an actual budget? I'm just fishing at the bottom of the barrel for suggestions at the moment.
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My only bass is some Suzuki P-Bass copy if that counts, plays pretty well after a good setup (when I got it the action was ridiculously high).
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I'd nab that Epi. I own one and once you get decent electronics and a good setup, they are great workhorse basses.

The earlier Epi AccuBasses are also solid maple.
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i got one of those ebay acoustic guitars a few years ago.
it was by far the cheapest guitar i had ever set eyes on, but it was still okay.
No intonation issues or anything, it was just made from cheap wood, had a sloppy paint job, and crappy strings.
For the price of what you posted, you could definatly shop around on ebay and find something nicer.
Lots of those old Hondo basses sell pretty cheaply andsince they were actually owned by the person selling it (as opposed to just some wholesaler) you can actualyy get some feedback on specifics about the bass and maybe even get them to post a youtube vid so you can hear a sample of how it sounds.
Also, B-stock basses should also be considered.
I got my bass b-stock on ebay for only 55bucks shipped.
It's not the best thing in the world but i defiantly like it :]
and last but not least you can't forget about rondomusic.com
for the same rice, you know you're getting a decent instrument and freom what i hear , they have a great retun policy too.
....well those are just some options to consider :]
that's just my two cents tho....
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The interesting thing is - the main reason for buying something so cheap is the amp included. It's kinda annoying that amps are 2/3s the price of the actual guitar. But I appreciate the feedback guys, especially the one with suggestions of cheap, good basses
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I'm not an expert in basses or bass brands - how would this one fair?

Also, there's a good deal for a 5 string bass, but if I'm a beginner is it detrimental to get a 5 string?

That's a guitar no a bass.
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Also, there's a good deal for a 5 string bass, but if I'm a beginner is it detrimental to get a 5 string?


No. You'll just have a few more lower notes to play with, and the neck and fingerboard will be just a bit wider. It's not a detriment at all to learn on a 5 string.
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If you're just starting out, a bargin bin bass will allow you to at least play, and for cheap. Designed for people who don't really care and/or will lose interest, they do the job.

Once you've got a feel, and want to continue, upgrade. There's no point getting an expensive bass that you may not care about in two weeks time.

For the record, my electric guitar was from eBay, and over five years later, it still works. Sure, I don't gig with it, but it does the job for me.
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