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The MIM Jazz Basses are quite good...

 

If you are looking for REAL cheap and still good quality, the Squier PBass are quite good and so cheap they're almost disposable. I bought one when I first started playing bass and it really got me hooked!

 

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Yeah, the MIM basses are pretty good. I had one I liked a while back, & I hear the newer ones are better. Inconsistent, so try a bunch. Depending on what you mean by "cheap," I really REALLY like the Fender stuff coming out of Japan.

 

I've also had good luck with entry-level Yamaha basses.

 

There was a recent thread on Godin basses, & from what people said it sounds like you get WAY more bass than you pay for there.

 

And do a search. This question comes up twice a week.

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most stores don't carry them, but jackson c20's are excellent for the money

 

i got mine in 2001 for $220 and it sounds better than the mim's to me

 

it has a p and j p/u plus tone, so check it out

 

the neck is the main construction difference, so consider that too

 

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My only real gripe with MIM Jazzes are that I don't feel comfortable slapping on some of them. I just can't stand how close the strings are to eachother. This is probably because I play an OLP MM2 right now, which has great (and I mean GREAT!) string spacing. I would like to say that MIM Jazzes (the good ones anyway) play finger excellently, and I just can't get enough of that low-end goodness.

 

Oh yeah, my OLP MM2 (something like 250) is nice save the crappy wires. It's basically a Squier version of an Ernie Ball bass. But for versatility, I'd go Yamaha.

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The entry level Milestone Peavey basses are really good too. Mine was <300 samolians, Canadian $ that is. Don't get me wrong, they're super cheap & are prone to neck problems, and some hardware problems too, but that aside, you definitely get more than you pay for.

 

You can get a good range of sounds out of it, they're super reliable, not really much to go wrong with 'em! The neck on the J at least is fast fast fast! They're kinda purty too. They also come in P or J configurations, so there's some choice.

 

Good luck bass hunting!

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The Ibenez Soundgear basses sound pretty good, and are fairly inexpensive.

You can always look for a higher quality used bass from Fender, Ibenez, Yamaha, ect.

Back in the early Nineties I had a couple of Aria Pro's that sounded really good.

Schecter's stuff is really good, and cheap. The quality is way better than you'd expect from Korea, and I'd say above par with anything near their price(I played a Tele bodied, dual humbucker w/ coiltaps, glued-in neck guitar, with a quilted maple top that looked and sounded un-believable, and it LISTED for only $650.).

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I wonder if you can go wrong nowadays. Used to be that Sears and others sold hundred-dollar guitars & basses that were absolute garbage. Nowadays, $160 or more from a music superstore or online dealer will get you a bass that plays well, sounds good, feels good, and lasts. Will it be the super-bass of your dreams? Maybe not. Will it be a professional-level instrument that you'll be able to use for many years? You bet.

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I would consider the Ibanez GSR200 (or GSR190 - same thing different color headstock) That was my first bass (the 190) and I love it... I am redoing it completely now....

 

My gf has the entry yamaha BB series. I really like it. It hasa nice tone, and it plays decently, although the Ibanez played alot better. It has 2 J pups in it, so you dont get as much low as you would with a p/j configuration. But for $220(?, i forgot how much) you cant go wrong.

 

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p.s. I'd rather use the ibanez though. Try a low price Soundgear (SGR) model too.

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Originally posted by Da LadY In Tha Pink Dress:

My only real gripe with MIM Jazzes are that I don't feel comfortable slapping on some of them. I just can't stand how close the strings are to each other.

Once you get used to the narrower spacing of J-basses you'll find that they're just as easy to slap on. Plus when it comes to fat slap sounds nothing is quite a good as a J-bass IMO.

 

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Jeebus, Peavey just came out with a new Millenium series Bass that's about $200 from Musician's Friend. I purchased one basically because i've always wanted the Millenium but they were about $500 and i could'nt afford one. It's really an awesome playing Bass, it has two Jazz pickups, and a Maple Quilt top, I love it!! As far as quality, it blows the other low priced Basses away!! Comes in some cool colors too!!
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First of all, define inexpensive. For some people, $200 is an inexpensive bass, for others, $500-$999 is inexpensive. And of course there's a slight difference in quality between the two.

 

Washburn, Rogue, Ibanez and Yamaha all make decent low-end basses. OLP makes a Music-Man type cheaper bass. Fender has the Squire series. All means cheaper woods and components but same basic styles and whatnot. Just make sure you really test it out in the store.

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Lawnmower beat me to it! I was going to say OLP. I love the five string MM style bass. Great bass as it is, and very upgradeable (I'd just change the pickup, and get a prewired kit from Seymour Duncan).

 

For the money, I'd buy two (perferably the elm bodied one), and have one refinished in see thru teal green, defretted, and have the fretboard prepped for roundwound strings. That would be a killer fretless for the money.

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I've never owned one for an extended period of time (I returned a couple), but I've always been impressed with Ibanez's budget models. They tend to be VERY consistent from instrument to instrument (which is rare with budget models), playable, and they sound good.
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Originally posted by C.Alexander Claber:

Originally posted by Da LadY In Tha Pink Dress:

My only real gripe with MIM Jazzes are that I don't feel comfortable slapping on some of them. I just can't stand how close the strings are to each other.

Once you get used to the narrower spacing of J-basses you'll find that they're just as easy to slap on. Plus when it comes to fat slap sounds nothing is quite a good as a J-bass IMO.

 

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