Less Expensive Bass Guitars

The Myth Of Less Expensive Bass Guitars

Many times I talk to younger Bass Players, Who are at least just a little frustrated about the quality of Bass Guitar they can afford to play or buy.

Many times these players believe they could play much better if they could afford a higher quality Bass Guitar. Usually these conclusions come from a time when they had a chance to play a high quality or expensive Bass someone let them try out.

And sometimes this may be true, Especially if their bass they currently have is really bad, Either because of shoddy craftsmanship, or damaged in some way.

And I agree trying to play a inferior bass guitar is very disappointing. But it does not have to be that way. I know by personal experience Very high quality well made Bass Guitars can be had at very affordable prices brand new.

I have been looking around alot, Its something I do. Cant help myself. We dont want to get into that part here, But  I do want to discuss what I know for a fact.

There are at least a hand full of companies that build and sell very well made bass`s at a price many would not  believe, Why ? Because many people just do not think of high quality well made Bass Guitars that sells brand new for less than 300 bucks. Im here to prove they do exsist.

The first Bass Guitar model im thinking about has been around forever, And i`ll admit they have had their ups and downs. But right now they are way up. Infact many top name pro musicians prefer this line of instruments over any other no matter the price.

The Basss Im talking about right now are The Squire Afinity  series Jazz Bass 5. These instruments are very well made, Will hold up to the rigors of a pro musician, Night after Night and look great doing it. And get this they sell for under 300 bucks fully loaded. In fact to better prove my point this one shown below is on sale right now for i think 229.00 american dollars. This I Found at Sam Ash music this instrument seller has been around forever, Very well trusted and stand up behind what they choose to sell.

And there are even more I`m going to show you another one from Sam Ash just because thats where we are right now.

This one is made by another great Bass Builder known for the best necks in the business that is non other than Ibanez. Here is the model they call the Talman Series it sells new from Sam Ash for 299.00 A great bass, Any Bass Player no matter the experience level would enjoy playing

I Mean just look at this thing its beautiful, I Know I would play that bass and love doing it.

Hope you learned something by this short article today and remember if you are looking for a less expensive bass guitar something that will enhance your playing not drag you down, It Can be done easy!

 

Here is another example from the Squire line this is the Vintage Modified Fretless P Bass it sells new for about 300 bucks its a great bass as your main bass or if you have been wanting to explore fretless but have held off because of the cost of buying a second bass.squire vintage fretless

Here is a perfect chance to make that jump. And at about 300 bucks the landing wont be hard at all squire fretless back

close up squire fretless

Try out these brands go to Sam Ash  or your local music store try them out then buy cheap at Sam Ash. look see just what they have available I`m sure you will be pleasantly surprised. They are often running online only special sales you might save even more or get free shipping, Or maybe some other incentive . Worth A try

And Remember

Keep It Low   The Player

Decca Bass Guitar 1960s

decca bass

 

Here is a crazy looking old Decca bass guitar from the 1960’s. It was made in Japan and I suspect it was made by the same folks who made the Teisco Del Rey guitars and some other imports from that era.

decca in case

It features two pickups with rocker switches and controls for volume and tone. It has a plastic guard and a chrome control plate.

decca head stock

As you can see the finish shows some small scratches, nicks and dings but nothing terrible. There is a section of missing binding on the bass side of the fingerboard from the nut to the 5th fret or so (see photos).decca side

 

One tuner is changed. The neck is REALLY chunky but still comfortable and the small frets are in good shape. Both pickups work and have good output.

decca back

The bass plays and sounds good for an early import, and it definitely looks cool. So while it may not replace your Fender or other more modern bass it’s still fun to play and eye catching.

decca 1960 bass

It comes in the black chipboard case you see in the photos. The case is Very worn but is The Original Case .

The Precision Bass Guitar

When we think Bass guitar probably no other bass enters our mind more than that ole standby the American Fender Precision Bass Guitar,

After all this iconic instrument is what started all of us bass players wanting to Thump Those strings.

Although many of us might not know it, The American Precision Bass Guitar was in fact the very first electric bass guitar you could hold like a guitar and play the bass notes in key and in tune with the rest of the band.

It was 1951 and Leo Fender brought his new baby out in the public,. At that time options for bass players consisted of  usually sharing a very expensive upright bass viola that was huge to lug around, And so expensive that sometimes 3 to 4 bands shared the same instrument.

We all know this could not be very productive for the Bass Player or the band as a whole. And after listening to several Musicians especially bass players Leo Fender decided to do something about it.

It did not happen overnight , After  much experimenting over about 1.5 years finally in 1951 it was born The Fender Precision Bass Guitar.

The first version of the Precision Bass Guitar was crafted to match the look of Fenders ever growing popular Telecaster 6 String electric Guitar.

But then in 1954 the New look Fender Precision Bass Guitar arrived, This new look sported Contoured edges, To make it fit closer to the body and be more comfortable to play.

Then in 1957 the Stratocaster electric guitar came out, And the new look Fender Precision Bass was introduced that resembled the new guitar model stratocaster.

This new look had a rounder neck, A Aluminum Gold Anodized pick guard was put on with 10 screws. Also at this time the single split pickup was added This pickup which resembled two pickups with staggered pole pieces is still standard equipment on today’s P Bass`s.

In 1959 a glued-on rosewood fingerboard featuring “clay”-style dot position markers replaced the 1-piece maple neck and remained standard.

Until In 1966/67, when the Fender company began to offer a option of, A laminated maple fingerboard capped on a maple neck.

Rosewood fingerboards were then made of a thin veneered Material , round-laminated piece of wood and pearloid dot markers replaced the “clay”-style inlays introduced in 1959.

In 1960 the aluminum pick guard was replaced with a 13-screw celluloid design having 3 or 4 layers of black, white, mint green,

Aged white pearloid or brown “tortoise-shell”). In that same year  Just nine short years after The Precision Bass  made its appearance the newly designed Fender Jazz Bass was released.

The rest is History

And Today I want to look at a couple of these iconic instruments that had a very big role in changing the way music sounds today.

 

 Fender Precision Bass 1978 

BLACK 76 P BASS

A black 1978 Fender Precision Bass.

ALL ORIGINAL P BASS

 

This bass is all original. The action is amazingly good due to a straight neck with good neck angle. Bass weighs 10lbs-4oz.1976 P BASS

Comes with the original case and key. There is a small crack on the pickguard near the input jack as well as some lacquer checking on the back.

76 P BASS BACK

And A Little dusty

 Fender P Bass 1976 

76 precision bass guitar

76 pbass in case

Fender P Bass as pictured Serial # 703204

head stock

pbass back

There You Go a little info on the American Precision Bass Guitar Go Play One Today

 

*(*!*)*    The Player

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Spector USA NS-4 bass.

Spector USA NS-4 bass. 4-string neck-thru. Dual EMG 35DC humbuckers. 18-volt tone control circuit. Beautiful quilted maple natural finish. Incredible slap sound. Near mint condition. Everything original. OHSC. Top of the line Spector bass! $2350. (List $6499)

spector bass

spector bass front view

These are Great Bass`s but they come with a hefty price tag for the budding musician, Maybe even the pro musician. But what a sound and a joy to play,If you ever get a chance try one on and get that experience.

spector 4 string backside