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Not that I'm against mid range or expensive instruments (a pair of Yamaha TRBs and a 78 Precision), But also
I'm a believer that's is HOW you play rather than what you play ON. So,,,,,,,,,,

What is the best bass you know under £120 ($240). I suppose we should include 2nd hand here, since the scuffs don't always matter. Excluded are the one offs like: precision in a skip (it does
happen).

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Peaveys seem to go for no money and are good bits of kit. I bought a new Johnson on ebay, asked the guy to put his ear against them and send me the one that sounded loudest. It had poo hardware, but a good enough chunk of wood and a thick neck I liked. Westone Tunders are a classic, saw one go for £38, but most go for more.

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Ignore all of the above and go look at Thomann. Their own brand 'Harley Benton' basses are extraordinarily good value. I've gigged mine solidly for 3 years with no hassle and just a dodgy pot to show for it! And by solidly, i Mean on average twice a week, not including practices and rehearsals. Trust me on this.

To hear examples of it in action, [url="http://www.myspace.com/gummybabies"]clicky one[/url] and [url="http://www.myspace.com/ukunderthethumb"]clicky two[/url]. Both are old bands of mine which I used my harley 5er for! Check out the crunch on Gummy Babies track 'Stepping Stone'. Who needs a warwick!?

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the harley bentons are great, awsomely powerful pickups!

if we include 2nd hand, the OLP would be tops for me. when i had mine i would regularly gig it instead of the Shuker for a bit of a change, not quite on the same level (!) but more than good enough to gig with, great in fact!

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late 80s/early90s 2nd bass collections - the properSGC Nanyo. Absolutely no resale value for some reason, but these were quality basses at the time. The 5s have an amazing flat neck profileand are unbelieveably light.

I mean look at these. OK, it's £200, but it's five string and one of the higher spec models with translucent finish

[url="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Bass-Collections-SGC-Nanyo-SB325-Active-5-String-Bass_W0QQitemZ250165500444QQihZ015QQcategoryZ4713QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem"]Bass Collection 5[/url]

[url="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Bass-Collection-SGC-Nanyo-SB325-Active-5-String-Bass_W0QQitemZ150162224726QQihZ005QQcategoryZ4713QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem"]Example 2[/url]

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I picked up a clear plexiglass Wesley 5 string on eBay for £55.

It looked really cool and for the price it was fantastic. Since then I gave it a decent set of strings, shimmed the bolt-on neck, given the frets a once over, made a new nut and I've just finished shielding all the electronics. The fingerboard took about 2 hours to clean it was so bad !!

Looks great and sounds pretty good too !!

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[quote name='theosd' post='61688' date='Sep 17 2007, 02:07 PM']Ignore all of the above and go look at Thomann. Their own brand 'Harley Benton' basses are extraordinarily good value. I've gigged mine solidly for 3 years with no hassle and just a dodgy pot to show for it! And by solidly, i Mean on average twice a week, not including practices and rehearsals. Trust me on this.

To hear examples of it in action, [url="http://www.myspace.com/gummybabies"]clicky one[/url] and [url="http://www.myspace.com/ukunderthethumb"]clicky two[/url]. Both are old bands of mine which I used my harley 5er for! Check out the crunch on Gummy Babies track 'Stepping Stone'. Who needs a warwick!?[/quote]

wow! what a sound on stepping stone! which harley benton are you playing?

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[quote name='paul, the' post='63852' date='Sep 21 2007, 10:35 PM'][url="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Mania-VTB-4BS-thru-neck-active-Bass-guitar-TKL-case_W0QQitemZ230172707130"]This[/url] will be a good buy.[/quote]
I know - I JUST BOUGHT IT ! :) :huh: :huh: :huh:

Gotta wait 'till the cheque clears before I can get me hands on it, though.

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[quote name='Oxblood' post='64086' date='Sep 22 2007, 05:19 PM']I know - I JUST BOUGHT IT ! :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh:

Gotta wait 'till the cheque clears before I can get me hands on it, though.[/quote]

Nice one Ken! Sorry if I brought unwanted attention.

Let us know how she goes.


Oh BTW, what does it mean when the 'Bias' in a valve amp is a class A or B...? :)

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[quote name='OutToPlayJazz' post='61928' date='Sep 17 2007, 09:51 PM']If it's new, shop around for the natural maple Squier Vintage Modified Jazz... But otherwise, anything used that fits :) Look for a Hohner Jack Custom with the active circuit for one suggestion, or the B2A stick bass.[/quote]

Strangely, I own both a B2A (V) and a Squier 70's VMJ. Both are very good instruments for the money. Neither was over £250.
My vote goes for second hand.
I bought an Ibanez EDB600 for £80 just recently. I still haven't put it down! Excellent for £80. A few dings, but it's really tough and feels very solid.

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Lucky old me picked up a yamaha rbx 270 for £25 in Cash Converters last week. Body was badly scratched - but otherwise fine, so I've rubbed it down and waxed it, shileded the cavity, put on new strings and set it up - it's pretty darn good - even paying full price. It's selling to a mates daughter next week - another one rescuede from the trash!!

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[quote name='King Tut' post='64543' date='Sep 23 2007, 11:00 PM']Lucky old me picked up a yamaha rbx 270 for £25 in Cash Converters last week. Body was badly scratched - but otherwise fine, so I've rubbed it down and waxed it, shileded the cavity, put on new strings and set it up - it's pretty darn good - even paying full price. It's selling to a mates daughter next week - another one rescuede from the trash!![/quote]


nice one

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