#1
What's the best P bass (preferably fender) I can get for $300 or less? Also, what do you think of mexican and Japan P basses?
#2
I suppose you might conceivably be able to get a used Mexican P-bass for less than $300. The Japanese basses are generally older models from the 70s and 80s, as well as certain more specialist basses. They are considered to be higher quality than the Mexican models, so if you can find an older Japanese bass for around the price of a used Mexican bass, it might be worth considering. It's always a bit of a lottery with Fender basses though sadly.
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#3
Do you think a P bass would be good for hard rock? Like foo fighters, smashing pumpkins etc?
#4
Quote by 457undead
Do you think a P bass would be good for hard rock? Like foo fighters, smashing pumpkins etc?


Definitely. A P-Bass is actually a very versatile instrument with a "built-in" tone that fits in pretty much everywhere. I play hard rock and metal with my USA P-Bass and it's my favourite by far. I would recommend steel roundwound strings or nickel-plated steel to really make one sing for hard rock.
#5
Quote by Toadsmacker
Definitely. A P-Bass is actually a very versatile instrument with a "built-in" tone that fits in pretty much everywhere. I play hard rock and metal with my USA P-Bass and it's my favourite by far. I would recommend steel roundwound strings or nickel-plated steel to really make one sing for hard rock.


Very true. And you should have absolutely no problem finding a used Mexi P Bass for under $300!
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#6
But I heard that the Mexican P basses are bad, and I like my fender 7150m pure nickel bass strings
Last edited by 457undead at Mar 3, 2014,
#7
Quote by 457undead
But I heard that the Mexican P basses are bad, and I like my fender 7150m pure nickel bass strings

I had a Mexi 5 string J bass for years before I sold it (just wanted something else) Are they American fenders? No. Are they a step above the best Squire? Easily. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a Mexican made Fender.
Keep your strings, too. Shouldn't make a ton of difference.
Harmony: Stratocaster
Alvarez: F-200
Schecter: Omen 6
Fender: BXR-60
Dean: Metalman Z Bass (Betty)
Egnator: Tweaker 15
Pearl: Maximum
ESP/LTD: EXP-300
Custom: Harley Quinn Bass
Custom: TK-421 Explorer
A steadily growing supply of pedals
#8
Do you think a mexican P bass would be better than the bass I currently have? Ibanez GSR 190

#9
Quote by ryanbwags
Are they a step above the best Squire? Easily.

Nooope.

The Vintage Modified and Classic Vibe series Squiers are better than Mexican standard Fenders, I've had enough of both to know. The Squiers come with better bridges, better pickups, more interesting finishes and far more variety. Currently (correct me if I'm wrong) Squiers are made in the Cor-Tek factory along with nearly every other bass guitar under 700 pounds (Ibanez, G&L, etc) and that factory produces some top quality stuff. Of the 6 VM/CV/Deluxe Squiers I've had, all were top notch quality and sounded great. Of the 2 Mexican Fenders I've had, both were crap; even with upgrades they still sounded nowhere near as good as the Squiers. The workmanship was crap (sharp frets, crappy paint, etc) and the pickups output was feeble.

If you want my opinion, get a Classic Vibe Precision and add a Badass Bridge III with the money saved, maybe a Fender headstock decal too (if you care about that sort of thing.)

BTW: A precision shape neck is completely different to an Ibanez SR neck, make sure to try before you buy, you might find it uncomfortable to play.
Last edited by Spaz91 at Mar 3, 2014,
#11
Quote by 457undead
Now, who's word do I take... Lol

I've got numbers on my side.

HOnestly though, play them in a shop and compare them. Remember to take into account the extra bits you could buy if you bought a cheaper model.
#12
Quote by Spaz91
I've got numbers on my side.

HOnestly though, play them in a shop and compare them. Remember to take into account the extra bits you could buy if you bought a cheaper model.

Geez, no need to be rude about it.

I should have said comparably priced Squires, maybe. Some of those Affinity and Classic vibes cost more than the Mexis.
Harmony: Stratocaster
Alvarez: F-200
Schecter: Omen 6
Fender: BXR-60
Dean: Metalman Z Bass (Betty)
Egnator: Tweaker 15
Pearl: Maximum
ESP/LTD: EXP-300
Custom: Harley Quinn Bass
Custom: TK-421 Explorer
A steadily growing supply of pedals
Last edited by ryanbwags at Mar 3, 2014,
#13
Quote by ryanbwags
Geez, no need to be rude about it.

I should have said comparably priced Squires, maybe. Some of those Affinity and Classic vibes cost more than the MIM Standard series.

I never meant to be rude in any way, sorry if it came across that way.

Which Squiers are more expensive? Here there's a clear 200 pound gap.
#14
Oops, Should have looked at your location.
You can get MIM Fenders for under $500 US in the States. The Classic Vibes and some of the Affinities are closer to $600.
Harmony: Stratocaster
Alvarez: F-200
Schecter: Omen 6
Fender: BXR-60
Dean: Metalman Z Bass (Betty)
Egnator: Tweaker 15
Pearl: Maximum
ESP/LTD: EXP-300
Custom: Harley Quinn Bass
Custom: TK-421 Explorer
A steadily growing supply of pedals
#15
Quote by 457undead
Do you think a mexican P bass would be better than the bass I currently have? Ibanez GSR 190




Do you think a squier or a Mexican p bass would be better than this bass?
#16
I would think yes. However, final feel, sound and playability are up to you. Seeing as that Ibanez is a sub-$200 starter bass, I would keep it around to tinker on, or as a backup.
The Ibanez does have the added versatility of that J style pickup on the bridge.

Edit: I am not knocking your bass by calling it a "starter". My Harley Quinn bass was my starter. Many upgrades and paint coats ago, it started as a $200 no name bass. To this day, it's still one of my go to basses.
Harmony: Stratocaster
Alvarez: F-200
Schecter: Omen 6
Fender: BXR-60
Dean: Metalman Z Bass (Betty)
Egnator: Tweaker 15
Pearl: Maximum
ESP/LTD: EXP-300
Custom: Harley Quinn Bass
Custom: TK-421 Explorer
A steadily growing supply of pedals
Last edited by ryanbwags at Mar 3, 2014,
#17
Quote by ryanbwags
Oops, Should have looked at your location.
You can get MIM Fenders for under $500 US in the States. The Classic Vibes and some of the Affinities are closer to $600.

The most expensive Squiers (Classic Vibes) retail new for $380, an Affinity costs $180-$200 new. There is not a Squier in production that retails for even close to $600. A new MIM Fender costs $580-$600. Used they generally hover around the $300 mark depending on the model. You seriously need to recheck your numbers.


TS, the GSR 190 you have is a fine starter bass, but it's the bottom line of Ibanez's basses. A Squier Affinity or Deluxe would be comparable, but if you go for a Squier Classic Vibe or Vintage Modified P Bass, or a Mexican Fender P it'd be a step up. As with all bass recommendations though, this is just the internet and we can only point you in the right direction. The best thing for you to do is to play them in a store yourself (in fact play everything you can in your price range) and pick the bass you like best.
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#18
So would you reccomend a squire or mexican P bass tostitos? And is there a certain model?
#19
Quote by Tostitos
The most expensive Squiers (Classic Vibes) retail new for $380, an Affinity costs $180-$200 new. There is not a Squier in production that retails for even close to $600. A new MIM Fender costs $580-$600. Used they generally hover around the $300 mark depending on the model. You seriously need to recheck your numbers.


TS, the GSR 190 you have is a fine starter bass, but it's the bottom line of Ibanez's basses. A Squier Affinity or Deluxe would be comparable, but if you go for a Squier Classic Vibe or Vintage Modified P Bass, or a Mexican Fender P it'd be a step up. As with all bass recommendations though, this is just the internet and we can only point you in the right direction. The best thing for you to do is to play them in a store yourself (in fact play everything you can in your price range) and pick the bass you like best.


Looking at non-squires. My bad. Point is, a used Mexi should be under $300.
Harmony: Stratocaster
Alvarez: F-200
Schecter: Omen 6
Fender: BXR-60
Dean: Metalman Z Bass (Betty)
Egnator: Tweaker 15
Pearl: Maximum
ESP/LTD: EXP-300
Custom: Harley Quinn Bass
Custom: TK-421 Explorer
A steadily growing supply of pedals
#21
You mean that bass is less than half your budget? Yes, that is the squire. Keep looking for better. It might mot be much of an upgrade over the Ibanez.
Harmony: Stratocaster
Alvarez: F-200
Schecter: Omen 6
Fender: BXR-60
Dean: Metalman Z Bass (Betty)
Egnator: Tweaker 15
Pearl: Maximum
ESP/LTD: EXP-300
Custom: Harley Quinn Bass
Custom: TK-421 Explorer
A steadily growing supply of pedals
#23
Quote by 457undead
So would you reccomend a squire or mexican P bass tostitos? And is there a certain model?

Either a Squier or a MIM Fender would do just fine. Avoid the Affinity line of Squiers, they're the bottom of the barrel. Vintage Modified P Basses are pretty good, IMO the Classic Vibe's are better but they're a little more expensive and have a glossy finish on the back of the neck you may or may not like. MIM Fenders are fine (I still have fond memories of mine) as long as you don't pay too much for one. With those, more recent years of production tend to more consistent, but with any MIM you should try before you buy.
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#24
Quote by 457undead

Looks good to me. Can you go play it first to make sure you like it?
Harmony: Stratocaster
Alvarez: F-200
Schecter: Omen 6
Fender: BXR-60
Dean: Metalman Z Bass (Betty)
Egnator: Tweaker 15
Pearl: Maximum
ESP/LTD: EXP-300
Custom: Harley Quinn Bass
Custom: TK-421 Explorer
A steadily growing supply of pedals
#25
Quote by 457undead
Do you think a squier or a Mexican p bass would be better than this bass?


I'm not so sure, I also have a 190 and several higher end basses and the Ibanez holds it's own. Squier VM is probably your best bet.
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#28
Play the classic Precision aka "Telebasses" before you buy. I love P basses, but wasn't really happy with the tone or playability of the artist series you posted. There is also a few dead harmonics ( its not a defect but just how the bass is made) on that series as well.
#29
What don't you like about your Ibanez? So far it sounds like you want a new instrument for the hell of it.
You will find gems and dogs from every make/model/country of manufacture. There's no guarantee you won't order an American Fender and find you don't like it as much as your Ibanez.

Get your Ibanez set up by someone who knows what they're doing and then decide if you want a new bass.
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#30
Well the ibanez is a starter bass/cheaply made and after playing for over two years I think it's time I get something different since I am serious about playing.
#31
'Because I ought to' isn't the best reason to buy a new bass guitar (though gods know I've used it enough times.)

If you genuinely think it will break during a live show then that's a better reason, if you don't like the sound or look of it then that's even better because it highlights what you actually want in your new bass.

Go to a shop and play a CV Squier alongside a M.Fender Standard and see which floats your boat.