Danooj
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#1
Ok, I have a budget of £180. And as well as bass I will also need a practise amp, so what would you guys recomend? I'm sorry for the such low price but its all I got to spare.
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as far as i can find, the 'standard' starter packs from both squier and ibanez are a little over your budget ~£220, perhaps you could check ebay? you're more than likely going to get a better deal used
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Aria IGB 68 - currently going for just over £100 with less than an hour to go, Rrp ~ £450.

Very nice bass
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ebay is a good place to look. I got a Peavey Milestone III bass on there a few years ago for about £70, someone else on here found one recently for even less. They're a good solid bass, you won't find much better for the money.

As for amps, don't have much experience with bass amps but again, on ebay I got a Marshall B65 a few months ago for £50. Doubt it would be gigworthy, but it seems like a solid practice amp.
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well, if you have to buy a bass just wait...with only that little money you will buy a shitty bass that will not keep strings well tuned and things like that. what i suggest is an ibanez or a squier. about the amp, if you have a cheap bass the amp is not that important....just go to the shop and buy a 15 watt bass amp......dont buy cheap thing because you just waste money. wait till you got some more bucks (excuse my spelling i am not english)
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Where are you located? Can you go used? My whole rig cost me about $100. I got the guitar used from someone I knew who was desperate for cash and the amp on clearance at Guitar Center. Bass is Aria Pro II and amp is Acoustic 10w, paid $50 each for them.
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I'd be wary of buying used amps on Ebay as our guitarist found out to his cost.

I bought a bass that was supposed to be in mint condition from Ebay, it turned out to be irreparably damaged, Ebay were of no help whatsoever.
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Quote by tommygun99
well, if you have to buy a bass just wait...with only that little money you will buy a shitty bass that will not keep strings well tuned and things like that. what i suggest is an ibanez or a squier. about the amp, if you have a cheap bass the amp is not that important....just go to the shop and buy a 15 watt bass amp......dont buy cheap thing because you just waste money. wait till you got some more bucks (excuse my spelling i am not english)


Actually a cheap bass can sound quite good through a decent amp setup as does my Fender Affinity Jazz Bass 5, whereas a cheap amp will sound cheap whatever Bass is put through it
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I have had extremely good experience with the Silvertone LB11 starter pack. It's only $199 USD and comes with the bass and amp, along with some other crappy accessories. I've been playing for 10 years and I still use the thing today (alongside another bass, but the point still stands).
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Quote by John Swift
I'd be wary of buying used amps on Ebay as our guitarist found out to his cost.

I bought a bass that was supposed to be in mint condition from Ebay, it turned out to be irreparably damaged, Ebay were of no help whatsoever.

I've bought & sold about 50 guitars using ebay over the past 10-11 ish years. Never had a problem
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I've bought & sold about 50 guitars using ebay over the past 10-11 ish years. Never had a problem


Lucky you. The two peavey Classic 30s our guitarist bought on Ebay had a very short lifespan.
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I've bought three basses on eBay and only had a minor problem with one of them. It arrived with a rusty string and a couple of rusty screws. It was one of those really cheap starter things to learn on though bought just because at the time my first bass was too heavy to play for long. So I wasn't too bothered. As long as you check feedback and bass reviews, double and triple check the description before clicking, use Paypal which has built in protection and don't buy from someone who's never sold before you should be fine.

+1 to used though. There are some very good deals around. If I'd had your budget specifically when I bought my Ibanez a few months ago, I'd have still had £120 left over to get an amp with and probably would have grabbed a larger used amp from eBay to go with it.
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Quote by John Swift
Lucky you. The two peavey Classic 30s our guitarist bought on Ebay had a very short lifespan.

Not so much a case of lucky me, it's more like unlucky him.

For every transaction that goes wrong on ebay there are thousands where people get exactly what they wanted.

Even when everything isn't as it appeared to be on the description, ebay always favours the buyer so if he did genuinely get faulty kit that was falsely advertised he should have got his money back by processing a return through ebay's complaints procedures.
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Quote by Danooj
Ok, I have a budget of £180. And as well as bass I will also need a practise amp, so what would you guys recomend? I'm sorry for the such low price but its all I got to spare.

I would recommend you stretch that budget to get an Ibanez Jumpstart kit.

As far as I'm concerned, Ibanez are the be all and end all of starter/budget bass.
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There are used starter packs around too, some of which have hardly been used. Especially right after Christmas. For example: Black Ibanez with amp and lead, sold by a guy with 100% positive feedback. Though that one is collection only so you'd need to be nearby.
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Entry level Yamaha's are pretty solid too. But I think they might be a little pricier than the Ibanez ones.
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Just a suggestion here. A Washburn T14 4 string bass new. It's around 130-140 quid as far as I know. With the remaining cash you should be able to get a decent practise amp from eBay or more likely from gumtree. With gumtree check your local listings and there should be something there that you can try before buying, so you don't get taken for a mug. If its a bit further away then try get a lift from someone and you don't have to worry about carrying it back. Peavey are great for low prices. Good luck man!
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Careful with Gumtree though. Their moderation sucks and since it doesn't use Paypal or anything like it, there isn't really any protection.
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The Gumtree protection is going local and trying the stuff out. I bought my entire rig through Gumtree and everything is completely sound. Ibanez GSR200 - brilliant starter bass which I use for gigs regularly and Ashdown MAG 300 plus 410 cab. Previously bought an Ashdown Electric Blue 130 combo and, again, no problems because I met the sellers in person and I knew where they lived if anything went wrong! I know it's not the most desirable set-up in the world but it works brilliantly for me.
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Quote by RubberSoul54321
The Gumtree protection is going local and trying the stuff out. I bought my entire rig through Gumtree and everything is completely sound. Ibanez GSR200 - brilliant starter bass which I use for gigs regularly and Ashdown MAG 300 plus 410 cab. Previously bought an Ashdown Electric Blue 130 combo and, again, no problems because I met the sellers in person and I knew where they lived if anything went wrong! I know it's not the most desirable set-up in the world but it works brilliantly for me.



Precisely! You can personally check out the gear you're about to buy, just as you would at a shop or something. If you're younger then take an older friend or relative with you, if you don't feel comfortable. It'd help of course if you had a bass to take with you to play through the amp, if you're using gumtree to find an amp.
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You can do that with a lot of things, yes. What I meant is if you later find anything wrong which you didn't spot at that time, you don't have a way to get your money back if the seller is less than honest. I'm sure most sellers would refund, but it's harder to tell in advance when there's no visible feedback or other note about the reputation of that person. If you make sure you check everything, know enough about the items to make sure they're genuine etc. then you should be fine. But the site has disclaimers about things going wrong and the staff in my experience at least seem pretty inept and dismissive when they respond at all. I haven't had a transaction go wrong through it personally but I am extra careful when using it for these reasons.
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Quote by GaryBillington
ebay is a good place to look. I got a Peavey Milestone III bass on there a few years ago for about £70, someone else on here found one recently for even less. They're a good solid bass, you won't find much better for the money.

As for amps, don't have much experience with bass amps but again, on ebay I got a Marshall B65 a few months ago for £50. Doubt it would be gigworthy, but it seems like a solid practice amp.


That might have been me with the one I got for £56 with an amp, and stand, and case and strap!

Good solid instrument. Quite nice to play.
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Quote by JayCartay
That might have been me with the one I got for £56 with an amp, and stand, and case and strap!

Good solid instrument. Quite nice to play.

Yep

Just checked your threads, it was this one:
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1564924

Are you still happy with it?
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Yeah very happy, it's been great so far. It would benefit from better pickups but that goes for most off the shelf guitars. For what it is they're certainly not bad. The neck is pretty nice IMO and it feels solid enough that it could probably take some abuse.
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What about this it cost £107 GBP


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Does the ad specify model, year etc? I don't think I've seen a Fender go for that kind of price before. But then I haven't specifically looked.
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Quote by GAPendragon
Does the ad specify model, year etc? I don't think I've seen a Fender go for that kind of price before. But then I haven't specifically looked.


Fender jazz Bass 7th Apr 1965

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Quote by GAPendragon
Does the ad specify model, year etc? I don't think I've seen a Fender go for that kind of price before. But then I haven't specifically looked.

Methinks that was the joke.
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Quote by Spaz91
Methinks that was the joke.


Partly, the price is what I paid brand new in 1966 in Cyprus of all places where I was stationed in the British Army

Here's a shot of me with it in1974

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Even adjusting for inflation, that's a steal. I thonk £100 would translate to £1500 now, less than the reissues cost.

Luckily its not one of those "hey guys, I found this in my granddad's loft, is it worth anything" *brandishes 50s Les Paul Goldtop* stories, they're just unfair.
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I really need to stop replying to threads when half asleep
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Even adjusting for inflation, that's a steal. I thonk £100 would translate to £1500 now, less than the reissues cost.

Luckily its not one of those "hey guys, I found this in my granddad's loft, is it worth anything" *brandishes 50s Les Paul Goldtop* stories, they're just unfair.


In the UK they were £175 in 66, my trade in the army was musician so I was allowed to bring it back to the UK as "Tools of trade", as long as I kept it for two years no import duty was liable.

Just thought I'd post is as tongue in cheek for interest. I sold it for £3500 GBP some years ago.
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