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JayCartay
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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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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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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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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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JayCartay
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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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Quote by GaryBillington
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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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-Milestone-III-Bass-Guitar-Good-Condition-/290778849815?pt=UK_Musical_Instruments_Guitars_CV&hash=item43b3c52217
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PEAVEY-MILESTONE-III-BASS-GUITAR-/221130070912?pt=UK_Musical_Instruments_Guitars_CV&hash=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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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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Quote by GAPendragon
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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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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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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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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Quote by _ThePanda_
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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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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Quote by eddiehimself
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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Quote by Ziphoblat
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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Quote by GAPendragon
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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Cheers for that. I think I'll bid for the Milestone III. Couldn't care less about cosmetic damage.


No problem.

Do you need an amp or are you connecting it straight to a computer?
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Quote by JayCartay
Cheers for that. I think I'll bid for the Milestone III. Couldn't care less about cosmetic damage.

Good choice - I've always been happy with mine
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No problem.

Do you need an amp or are you connecting it straight to a computer?


I'll connect straight to the computer I think. If an OK amp comes up cheap maybe I'd get it but not really sure I need one?
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I'll connect straight to the computer I think.

I hope you don't mean you're intending to plug it directly into your computers mic input?

That's not a good idea, that input isn't designed for the kind of connection you'd be putting into it.

If you want to connect your bass to your computer for recording, you'll need the appropriate type of interface - there's a sticky thread in the recordings forum that will tell you what you need to know in order to get the best kit for your budget.
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I hope you don't mean you're intending to plug it directly into your computers mic input?

That's not a good idea, that input isn't designed for the kind of connection you'd be putting into it.

If you want to connect your bass to your computer for recording, you'll need the appropriate type of interface - there's a sticky thread in the recordings forum that will tell you what you need to know in order to get the best kit for your budget.

Second paragraph of TS's first post he says he's going straight into an interface.
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I've got an M-Audio USB interface, so fear not. I appreciate a lot of people probably don't realise they need that initially.
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Good, you should be fine then.
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That Peavey looks like it might have some kind of gouge on the back of the neck in one of the pics..... Probably wouldn't be a problem though, I guess. I asked him if he has any buy it now price in mind just in case he'd take a cheap deal now without me having to wait for it to end.
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Second paragraph of TS's first post he says he's going straight into an interface.
Didn't re-read that far back!

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I've got an M-Audio USB interface, so fear not. I appreciate a lot of people probably don't realise they need that initially.
Cool

Over in the recordings forum we get at least one thread a day from people thinking they can plug straight in with a 3.5mm adapter
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Quote by JayCartay
I'll connect straight to the computer I think. If an OK amp comes up cheap maybe I'd get it but not really sure I need one?


No, not really. The best bass sounds are usually a result of DI. You'll only ever get a "better" bass sound if you have a really expensive amp to mic up or something, and even then it's not necessarily going to sound better than a DI. If you're just recording with it, it should be fine. My amp set-up cost me over £1k but I still only use it at gigs, and find I much prefer practising with my bass run into my interface through headphones.
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Amp & stand as well for that price? Congratulations!!




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I'm very pleased. Messaged the seller to see when I can pick up. It's a bloody bargain
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Pretty good, well done.
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Cheers I'm working on something at the moment on Cubase and this will help me complete it. It's the first full song I've recorded on there (or will be!). I'm still learning the ropes but starting to get the hang of the basics.

Just can't wait to get the bass and get to grips with it now.

Any recommendations on which strings to put on it? I use Ernie Ball Skinny Top Heavy Bottom on the guitar or the equivalent D'Addarios when available.
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Use Rotosounds. They're made in England, not imported, so they're usually a bit cheaper over here than other equally good brands. Great tone and QC, and in my opinion feel a lot nicer on the hands when fresh than most other brands.
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Quote by Ziphoblat
Use Rotosounds. They're made in England, not imported, so they're usually a bit cheaper over here than other equally good brands. Great tone and QC, and in my opinion feel a lot nicer on the hands when fresh than most other brands.


Cheers, any particular gauge I should look at? Think Green Day, Foos, Blink, AVA type sounds. Not that anything I have written yet sounds like any decent band
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Just wanted to point out that damaged bass on eBay is now up to £51! Makes me feel even better

Off to pick her up tonight.
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I saw that had it on my watch list from when I sent the question.

I usually go for medium gauge myself, or maybe slightly on the heavier side of medium sometimes depending what the options are at the time and Foo Fighters stuff sounds fine on those to me. It doesn't sound bad on my one set of heavy gauge halfrounds either though.

Good luck with the pickup.
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