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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / best P bass avail for purchase today...less than $2,000.



Feb 20th, 2018 01:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hi, Looking for suggestions on the best P bass to purchase today for $2 grand or less?

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Feb 20th, 2018 02:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Here you go!

You can thank me later.

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Feb 20th, 2018 02:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

These are worth a look...

EBMM Cutlass

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Feb 20th, 2018 03:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

The best thing to remember is that there is no "best". There are way too many choices and way too many player preferences. Fender alone has so many variations, that I don't think there is a best.

With all the CNC building techniques these days, now is the best time in history to buy an instrument. It is pretty hard to get stuck with a clunker.

To me what would be "best" for you is entirely what is available with your preference of neck (wood? wide or narrow? fingerboard radius?) and pickup preferences (varying vintage to modern "hot"). Add in to that the "look" you want and the color. Also, are you wanting a more inexpensive but good working bass or do you want a more nicely finished boutique instrument.

Check out Fenders, G&L, Lakland. I've not played one, but I've heard the EBMM Cutlass mention above is a nice instrument. If you can, you really need to try out a bunch of precisions or precision-style instruments and see what you personally like.

Don't be afraid to look at used stuff. It's a good way to get a more expensive instrument for a more reasonable amount of money.

Good luck in your hunt!


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Feb 20th, 2018 04:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

I agree with themaestro.

In particular you'll want to pay attention to how the neck feels. It took me years to determine that I'm happiest with a 7.25 radius Jazz-type neck, which a few of my basses including my '76 P have (it's an oddball). Many people love a 9.5; I do not. An awful lot of the options and variables are purely subjective.



Feb 20th, 2018 07:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

Also, if you are looking for a vintage-ish sound. The AV 62 RI P bass is another great choice. The main diff being the the 62 has the slab rosewood board VS the 63 has the curve rosewood board. Both great, the 62 would be a used P as they are no longer in production.



The Plankster of Love
Feb 20th, 2018 09:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Don't forget Nash Guitars.



Do'in the 5 string thing!
Feb 21st, 2018 11:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

My 2 cents worth - you might look at one of the small independents that have popped up. Two in particular, Hammersmith Custom Basses, and Gammas Custom Basses, are worth a look. I recently had a custom P4 built by Hammersmith and it's the best sounding bass I've ever owned, and that's quite a few! I really wanted a Pbass that Fender didn't make, and I can't afford the likes of Sadowsky and Mike Lull. This was a great alternative and I'm very pleased.

L. Nedmundo


Feb 21st, 2018 05:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

I agree with themaestro and dg27. I love Fender, but these days I prefer G&L, largely because of the incredible array of options for finish, nut width, fretboard radius, etc. For example, I've learned I strongly prefer flat fretboards, and G&L offers 12" as an option. (I have three G&L basses, all with 12" radius boards. Love them.) The quality is outstanding, and the frets are Plek-levelled at the factory (same with Lakland Skylines, btw).

If you want a more traditional P-bass tone, the LB-100 is the ticket, while the SB-1 and SB-2 (P/J) have MFD split-coil pickups with more output and deep lows than a traditional P-bass. I have an SB-2, and it's fantastic, but I'd prefer the minimalism of an SB-1 or LB-100.

Also, in the used market you could find a Mike Lull P4 within your budget. IMO, they don't get any better. I've played a few Mike Lull basses, and they've all been beautifully built, lightweight tone monsters.

(This message was last edited by L. Nedmundo at 07:38 PM, Feb 21st, 2018)



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Feb 21st, 2018 07:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'd have to go for something like this one and spend the rest on something else like a new amp and accessories.

50s Precision Bass 2-Color Sunburst Maple Fretboard

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