I work on rotation abroad - backwards and forwards to Africa every 4 weeks, I am a beginner and don't want to take my 'good' bass to work and back every 4 weeks on a plane.
My plan is to get a cheapy that I can practice on whilst away and (provided it survives the journey) leave it there, so I have been looking at Harley Benton basses, trying to decide whether I should get the JB-20 or push the boat out for the JB-75 (they seem to have stopped making the 4 string MB-4 stingray copy which I also fancied). I like the other HB cheap basses (PB, PJ) but am worried about the thicker necks making them more difficult to play.
I had originally thought I could pick up something beaten-up but still functional second hand, but to honest locally they are all more expensive than a new HB! Additionally I am a noob so I don't really know what I am doing and am quite likely to buy something horrible.
Currently working from home but might get remobilised in May / June so need something by then.
Only criteria is :
Good learner instrument
Will have a chance of surviving the journey
Style isn't super important
I am a competent(ish) solderer and have some electronics / DIY experience but would prefer to buy rather than build.
What do you guys think I should get, any recommendations?