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In this article, we’ll be discussing bass guitar companies that have forged their legacies in the guitar world, in some cases over multiple decades and even centuries.

First, of foremost I want to point out that choosing the best bass guitar brand is highly subjective and will often depend on a number of factors including how much you want to spend and what style of music you play.

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The top brands usually have models that fall into all price ranges and musical styles. A good starting point is to review the top bass guitar brands and then explain the price points. Let’s take a look at the top bass guitar brands and after that, I’ll answer some of the most frequently asked questions players have.

Here Are the Best Bass Guitar Brands

16. Kiesel

Kiesel Bass Guitar Brand Example

Kiesel builds high-quality guitars, basses, and other musical gear, but you won’t find their instruments at your local music store. Kiesel only sells direct to the buyer, and each of their instruments is custom-tailored to the needs and wants of the musician.

Like their guitars, Carvin basses are now under the umbrella of the Kiesel brand name. This is actually a return to their roots, not so much a change in the brand. You can still expect the same excellence from Kiesel-branded instruments as always found in Carvin.

You might think custom instruments are going to be pretty expensive, but Kiesel’s prices are actually quite reasonable. You pick the model of the bass you want, then choose the woods it will be built from and the color and finish, as well as the pickups, electronics options, and hardware. It’s all then custom-built just for you in their California factory.

15. Washburn

Washburn Bass Guitar Company Example

Washburn has been around for over 125 years, and they’ve sure had their ups and downs during that time. In the Washburn bass lineup today you’ll find their high-end Stu Hamm signature model, but Washburn also makes some great intermediate instruments for reasonable prices.

The Washburn Taurus series starts with the basic T12 model and moves up to the higher-quality T24 and T25. Even the T24 can be found for around half a grand, but it looks like a much more expensive instrument. For the bassist on a budget, the Taurus T24 (the T25 is the 5-string version) is worth checking out.

14. Steinberger

Steinberger Bass Guitar Brand Example

Even non-musicians have probably noticed those cool little guitars and basses that look like boxes and have no headstocks. Well, those unique instruments are called Steinbergers. The old L-series Steinbergers were built using synthetic materials, not traditional wood. Today, Steinberger is owned by Gibson.

The Synapse is their flagship model at this point in time, and even though it looks similar to the traditional Steinberger design, it uses a combination of graphite and real wood. The Spirit is a similar instrument that can be had for a much lower cost, but still has the same Steinberger look.

13. Hofner

Hofner Bass Guitar Brand Example

I’ll cut right to the chase here and tell you that much of Hofner’s popularity is thanks to Paul McCartney. He used one throughout his career, and the violin-shaped model is often referred to as the Beatle bass.

So is Hofner a good choice? Well, it was good enough for Paul McCartney. The shape is unique, and it has a classic look to it. The body is hollow which helps it get its unique sound. It features two Hofner staple nickel pickups.

The high-quality model is nearly $3,000. Hofner also makes a lower-priced model call the 10x cheaper Ignition series. Owners are giving the budget model 5 stars, saying that quality control is high. Hofner makes a solid product and would be a great choice for a bassist that also loves the Beatles.

12. Squier

Squier Bass Guitar Brand Example

Squier is Fender’s little brother, so to speak. They are owned by Fender, and most Squier guitars are low-cost versions of Fender instruments. This means a beginning player can start with a Fender-style Precision or Jazz Bass at a reasonable price.

I always recommend the Squier Affinity Series Jazz Bass for beginners. They are the most affordable Squiers, and they sound great. There are only a handful of high-quality, budget-friendly instruments that I think are smart choices for beginners and this is one of them.

Squier is Fender’s brand that caters more to beginners. It allows you to get that Fender look and feel without the higher price tag. Some players scoff at Squier as being lower quality, but they have stepped it up.

You can find Squier basses in the 200 to $500 price range. The same models that are available as Fender are available as Squier. The J Bass and P Bass are available, and so is the PJ bass.

But Squier also makes some gear that’s good enough for veteran musicians, such as the Classic Vibe and Vintage Modified series, which cost just a bit more and are great values for the money.

Among my favorite Squier basses, and one I’ve been playing for a few years now is the Vintage Modified ’70s Jazz Bass. It has a feel and sound of a more expensive instrument, but a price tag that works for beginners.

The Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass has impressed veteran bassists with its sound and build quality, but this is a guitar that’s priced for beginner and intermediate players! Before you think about a Standard Fender Jazz Bass, take a close look at the Squier Vintage Modified Series.

Squier has always done a great job of presenting a quality instrument for an affordable price. Squier starter packs are available for newbie bassists too, and they include a Squier bass, a Fender amp, and all the other accessories a beginner needs to get started.

If you are a bass newbie, or a guitar player looking for an easy and affordable way to start playing bass, a Squier by Fender Starter Pack is hard to beat.

11. Gibson

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When you hear the name Gibson you probably think of guitars. Gibson is a major guitar manufacturer. Everyone knows about Les Paul, but not everyone knows that Gibson also makes basses. No wonder, as their Les Pauls, Explorers, SGs, and Fly Vs are some of the most coveted instruments in the music world. Gibson has a few different line ups including the SG bass, the Thunderbird bass, and the EB. While Gibson isn’t quite as popular among low-enders, the basses they make are as incredible as their guitars.

The best-known low-ender in the Gibson lineup may be the Thunderbird, employed for years by Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue. It’s a hot-looking instrument, modeled after the Gibson Firebird guitar shape. Yes, they even make a Les Paul bass, with the same mahogany body and maple cap that their guitars are famous for. If you have the cash, Gibson might be right up your alley.

The SG has a shorter scale that makes navigating the neck feel a bit easier. It also has dual humbucking pickups for a big sound. These pickups pair with volume and tone knobs that allow you to dial in the perfect tone for the song.

The pricing on Gibson bass guitars ranges from $1000 to $3000. Again, not beginner friendly unless you are a beginner with deep pockets. If you happen to fall in love with a Gibson bass but find the price too high, you could go for an Epiphone. This is Gibson’s lower-priced brand. With Epiphone, you will find the same looks but with much cheaper pricing. While not as high quality as Gibson, they receive rave reviews from their owners. It allows you to get the Gibson look and feel without the price.

10. Peavey

Peavey Guitar Brand

Peavey is a company that does just about everything well when it comes to musical equipment. They make some of the best high-gain guitar amps in the world, and produce loud, bulletproof, reliable bass amps and PA gear. They do bass guitars well too, and these days their offerings are aimed more at working-class and up-and-coming musicians. That’s good because that’s most of us! Check out the Millennium, Milestone, PDX, and Grind series, as well as their starter packs if you happen to be a newbie. Peavey gear is always tough, and always worth the asking price.

9. Ibanez

Ibanez Logo on a Bass Guitar

Another major bass maker is Ibanez. They have been making good basses for decades, and their model lineup is massive! Ibanez guitars are loved by metal guys. Their basses have their share of worshippers in the metal crowd too, but their reputation also reaches out into other genres, most notably jazz.

Ibanez is a Japanese company that started decades ago making quality copies of American instruments but has since evolved into an instrument manufacturer with some great gear under their brand name.

Of all the series, the SR is the most popular. They have a unique body shape that sits nicely in your lap for relaxed sessions. The finishes on Ibanez basses are unique, featuring a woody look with great detail. The main standout feature of Ibanez basses to me is their tonal capabilities. You can cover a lot of styles with the electronics that Ibanez is putting in their basses.

Their Soundgear and BTB lines are known for fast necks and versatile electronics, as well as some truly beautiful woods and finishes. In recent years Ibanez has introduced some serious upgrades to its Soundgear lineup, with innovative electronics, tonewoods, hardware, and body styles.

Beginners should check out the GSR200. It’s one of the best starter bass guitars you are going to find, especially for players who are into metal and hard rock. If you are new to this, the GSR200 is a great first instrument. Although not at a top spot on this list, Ibanez is still one of the best bass guitar brands out there and I have multiple Ibanez guitars that I love.

8. Spector

Spector Bass Guitar

Spector is an American company that probably isn’t very well known even to guitar players, but holds an esteemed position in the minds of most bassists. Spectors are loved for their deep, warm, woody tone and beautiful finishes. Musicians in genres as diverse as metal and jazz rely on Spector for their sound.

The NS is the classic Spector model, with roots going back several decades. They put out some other high-quality USA-made and Euro models as well. Spector basses can be a little expensive though, so they also feature a new budget-friendly model called the Performer that’s perfect for mid-level musicians.

7. Schecter

Schecter Bass Guitar Brand

Another solid choice for a bass guitar would be anything by Schecter. To me, they look akin the Ibanez and Yamaha basses. They feature the same electronics configurations. Preamps with EQ for getting a wide variety of tones. The body shape is similar but has a wider base.

Schecter guitars are some of the best deals in the music world. They are also among the top basses for metal and hard rock. You can find appointments in a Schecter instrument that you’d expect to see in an instrument costing hundreds of dollars more. There are many models to choose from, but you may want to start with the Stiletto Series. Schecter has a wide price range, with some great basses coming in around $500.

It’s hard to imagine how Schecter fits features like EMG pickups, active EQs, and a figured maple tops for such a low cost. If the Stiletto design doesn’t do it for you, there are plenty of other Schecter basses that might.

This is a guitar company that continues to impress by presenting amazing gear that seems like it should cost way more than it does. They offer affordable instruments with the sound and quality to succeed onstage or in the studio. Particularly if you are into rock music, Schecter is hard to pass up.

Some notable acts that use either Schecter guitars or basses are Modest Mouse, Danzig, Kendrick Lamar, Avenged Sevenfold, The Cure, Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inch Nails, Motley Crue, Marilyn Manson, and many more.

6. Lakland

Lakland Bass Guitar

Lakland is an American company, a relative newcomer. But in a short time, Lakland basses have gained a tremendous following and a reputation for outstanding sound and quality.

If you’re a fan of the Fender Jazz and Precision or Music Man styles you’ll probably see something you like in the Lakland lineup. Though they’re worth the cost, they are a bit pricey, so for more than ten years now, Lakland has been producing its Skyline series of more affordable basses. In the Skyline lineup, you’ll see some of the same classic designs as their USA series.

5. Warwick

Warwick Guitar Brand Example

Warwick is a German company well deserving of being put at the top of any list of top bass guitar builders. Their Corvette, Streamer, and Thumb models, along with the rest of their German-made instruments, are worth the cost if you can swing it.

These are incredible instruments featuring exotic tonewoods and gorgeous finishes. Personally, the Warwick Corvette is probably the finest bass I ever owned. If you are serious about your music and you have a few spare coins laying around, I highly recommend it.

If cost is an issue, you’ll also find lower-priced Warwicks in their Rockbass line that makes it possible for almost anyone to own a real Warwick. Once you play one, you might be hooked on the Warwick growl for the rest of your life!

4. Yamaha

Yamaha Bass Guitar

Another giant in the bass world is Yamaha. They’ve been making bass guitars since before I was alive. Their basses remind me of Ibanez. The bodies and finishes are of similar shape and look. Yamaha makes all kinds of musical gear like guitars, pianos, drums, and even xylophones, but their basses are particularly well-received.

They put out some outstanding options for beginners like the RBX170, but don’t think that means they can’t do quality high-end gear as well. Their TRBX basses are comparable with the best in the business and feature high-end components and building techniques.

No matter where you stand as a musician, from newbie just starting out to veteran looking for boutique-quality gear, Yamaha has an instrument that will fit your needs. Only a handful of the manufacturers in this listing can say that.

They make bass guitars with nearly every kind of pickup configuration. The BB series has the P bass/J bass pickup combo I mentioned above. They also feature active or passive modes. Preamps with EQ’s are common as well. Like Ibanez, Yamaha makes basses that cover a wide range of styles. This makes them a brand to consider when shopping for a bass guitar.

A great thing about Yamaha is they have a variety of models from $300 up to $3,000.

3. Music Man

Music Man Bass Guitar Brand Example

Another high-quality bass brand is Music Man by Ernie Ball. Music Man basses just have a different vibe than many other instruments. The company is part of Ernie Ball Inc., and their StingRay is their flagship, but other great models include the Sabre, Sterling, and super-funky-looking Bongo.

Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers played a Stingray for a large part of his career. These are high-quality basses. They feature an 18-volt preamp and 3 band EQ to allow you to dial in a wide variety of tones.

Where many basses have single-coil pickups, Music Man stands out for their use of big, fat humbucking pickups. Like on the guitar, these pickups present a beefier tone and help cancel unwanted noise. Some bassists swear by the StingRay and Music Man. Others find it’s not their thing. But pretty much everyone agrees that they are unique, high-quality instruments.

High quality comes at a high price. Most of the Music Man basses ring up at about $2000. This is not a beginner price point. I recommend beginners choose a brand that offers an entry-level priced model.

2. Rickenbacker

Rickenbacker Bass Head Example

Founded in 1931, Rickenbacker is a veteran in the bass guitar space. The look of a Rickenbacker is iconic. No other bass looks this way. Rickenbacker is another example of a company that has shaped the sound of rock music over the decades. Though they are not as numerous or well-known as Fender instruments, Rickenbacker basses have found their way into the hands of musicians like Paul McCartney, Geddy Lee, John Entwistle, and Lemmy Kilmister. Rickenbacker is like Music Man in that their basses are expensive.

The 4003 is their flagship model, an evolution of the original 4001, and features a classic design complete with a chrome-covered bridge pickup. While this bass might not appeal to the younger crowd, most seasoned musicians know that Rickenbackers are tone machines worth every penny of the asking price. Rickenbacker 4000-Series bass guitars are classics, and for many players, this is a brand that deserves to be at the top of the list.

One unique thing that Rickenbacker does is something they call Rick-O-Sound. This is two output jacks on the bass. One is your regular mono jack. The other outputs both pickups as a separate signal. This opens up all kinds of sound possibilities. For example, you can put effects on one signal and run the other clean. You could also send them to different amps or pan them left and right.

They do not offer any lower-priced models. Most models ring in around $2000.

1. Fender

Fender Logo on a Bass Guitar

We’ll cap off this list with one most legendary gear makers in the world. Fender bass guitars have been mainstays in just about every genre of music for the past half a century. Fender is generally known for passive, four-string instruments, although they do have some five-string and active instruments in their lineup. Fender makes great basses. The Jazz Bass and Precision bass are iconic in the music world. There is also the Mustang bass, but it’s not as popular.

Mostly, when you’re thinking of Fender you’re thinking about the Jazz and Precision Bass. Both are high-quality, American-made instruments, and in many ways, they have set the bar in the industry over the past 50 years. Different models of Jazz and Precision basses are available at prices from $500 to $2000. You can’t go wrong with any of them.

The difference between a J bass and a P bass lies in the neck width at the nut, the body shape, and the pickups. The P bass has more of a low-end growl, in your face tone. The J bass has a brighter tone with a more mid-range growl. If you can’t decide between the two, Duff McKagan’s signature model is a good choice. It has both jazz bass and precision bass pickups.

If you don’t have the cash for an American version, or if you’d just rather ease into the Fender thing, they also have some budget-friendly Player Series” models of the Precision and Jazz that are made in their Mexico facilities.

These instruments took the place of the Standard Series, which was beloved by bassists for their value and performance. With a few minor upgrades, the Player Series looks and sounds even better. They are good enough for gigging and recording but come in at a fraction of the price of their American-made counterparts.

The American Original Series of guitars and basses are high-quality instruments with innovative design tweaks and high-performance components. Of course, they still maintain that classic look and feel the Fender Jazz and Precision made famous. If you are thinking about a high-level bass the American Original Series is worth a look.

Notable players that have played Fender basses over the years include Flea, Sting, John Paul Jones, Roger Waters, Duff McKagan, Mike Dirnt, and Nate Mendel. Overall, Fender is in my opinion the best bass guitar brand of all time.

How to Avoid Buying the Wrong Guitar

When you decide it is time to get a new bass or your first bass for that matter, there are some things you need to determine beforehand. The way a certain bass is going to fit you will largely depend on your specific needs, what you find important, and what style of playing you prefer. Generally, there are three things you want to pay attention to:

Comfort: how the bass feels when holding it, standing up, or sitting

The number of strings: is it a four, five, or a six-string, and which is best suited for your style of playing

Type of electronics: which electronics it has, and what set of pickups

All of these are important for several reasons. However, before we even get into any of that, we need to talk about your budget.


Setting a budget is a crucial step when purchasing a bass guitar, or any other instrument for that matter. The best advice I or anyone else can give you is to buy the best model you can afford.

The reasons for this are many. More expensive bass guitars usually hold their value for much longer, so your investment is somewhat secure. A lot of newcomers are on the fence about putting their entire budget towards a guitar. That is completely reasonable, but here’s why you should. Even as a beginner, investing in a more expensive bass guitar will benefit you in the long run. A good bass will be a great learning tool, but will also serve you well as you grow your skill and evolve as a bassist. Work within the limits of your budget, but always go for the upper limit.


Much like with every other instrument, comfort is a box you need to check if you even want to think about being good on a specific bass guitar. A comfortable bass will feel like an extension of your body, but an uncomfortable one will quickly turn into a torture device.

What dictates comfort? Body style and neck profile.

Some basses have larger bodies, which is fine for the majority of people. However, some bass players find those larger bodies too cumbersome. The neck profile is another major factor. Depending on the size of your hands, you might want a wider or narrower neck. Thicker or thinner it is up to you. There are all kinds of profiles available, and you definitely need to find the one you are most comfortable playing.

How Many Strings Do You Need?

Bass guitars are traditionally a four-string instrument. With that said, there are five-string basses, six-string bass, and even 12-string bass guitars. If you are just starting out, it’s best to stick with the four-string models. Those extra strings are extending the capabilities of your instrument, but they also require a bit more effort to get used to.

On the other hand, this choice also depends on the type of music you are playing. Some heavier stuff like deathcore and similar genres will benefit from that extra string or two. The choice is completely up to you, but just remember, you can play everything on a four-string bass.


As for tonewoods, with bass, the world is your oyster. In terms of pushing instrument design-forward, bass manufacturers have been early adopters of alternative tonewoods to the ash/alder/mahogany paradigm. Of course, you’ll find these here, too, but also more exotic choices such as ovangkol, Bubinga, and panga panga. Each tonewood has its own frequency response.

Which of these basses is right for you, only you can answer that, but the only question you need ask yourself when you pick it up and play it is, ‘Does it make me want to play it all the time?’ That’s what we are all looking for, a bass that makes you want to play it.

Passive or Active

Electronics on bass guitars can be divided into two major categories. You have your passive systems and active ones. Passive basses are standard. They require no additional power source to work and are more expressive than their active counterparts. On the other hand, active systems have a much stronger output and come with circuits which include proper EQs. Neither of these is better than the other. Rather, they both have their place and purpose.

The general rule of thumb is to go with active basses if you’re into more aggressive genres of music and stick with passive when subtle details count.

What’s the difference? Well put simply, passive basses have no onboard preamp and so their output is generated 100 percent by their pickups. The controls on a passive bass can only attenuate the master tone and volume of the instrument. The active bass has an onboard preamp, typically powered by a 9V or 18V battery. This preamp boosts the pickup’s signal and the bass’s EQ can be used to cut or boost frequencies. You’ll typically have a 2- or 3-band EQ that gives you a little more control over your tones.

There are other differences, too. The onboard preamp of active basses can compress your tone slightly, whereas those dynamics remain up for grab on a passive bass. As to which is better, there is no right or wrong answer; whatever sounds best to you is best, and that’s all there is.

Which Bass to Choose?

In this article, I tried to focus on the best bass guitars for intermediate players. I also included some high-end brands as well as some beginner gear.

Some players find a bass they love when they first start out and stick with it for life. Others hunt for that perfect tone for their whole careers. Make sure you check out the manufacturers’ websites for the most up-to-date information on their gear. It’s pretty obvious from this article that there are a ton of different basses out there to choose from, so how do you decide which one is right for you?

My advice is to do the research. There is no substitute for knowledge when it comes to making an informed decision. Learn as much as you can about an instrument before taking the plunge. Think about your goals. A bass with a great reputation may not necessarily be the right one for you. Know what you expect out of your bass before making a purchase. Play and listen. There is no shortcut. Trust your own ears and hands more than what you hear or read from others. And, as you grow as a musician, your tastes will change, and you might find out that the bass you loved yesterday isn’t cutting it today.

Thankfully, we have many options, and the best bass guitar brands are constantly pushing the limits of the instrument.

Worst Bass Guitar Brands to Avoid

Bass guitar brands to avoid would be anything that prices in the “too good to be true” range. You know the feeling, you are browsing the web and keep seeing a great looking bass for $79. It even has decent reviews! With musical instruments, you get what you pay for. You’d be better off going with something in the $200 range from Yamaha, Ibanez, or Squire than to buy a no-name bass.

Wrap Up:

Some of the best bass guitars in the world are made by the manufacturers who also create the finest electric guitars. Others are built by companies that specialize only in gear for bass players. Just like in any other industry, some of these companies are better than others, and, some focus on certain genres or styles of music. If you play bass or are thinking about it, it’s important to know who is who.

Figuring things out isn’t always easy so you need to do a little research to uncover which companies make exactly what you need for your style and budget. This is where I come in to help you out.

Chris from Guitar Lobby

Christopher D. Schiebel

My name is Chris and I’ve had a passion for music and guitars for as long as I can remember. I started this website with some of my friends who are musicians, music teachers, gear heads, and music enthusiasts so we could provide high-quality guitar and music-related content.

I’ve been playing guitar since I was 13 years old and am an avid collector. Amps, pedals, guitars, bass, drums, microphones, studio, and recording gear, I love it all.

I was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. My background is in Electrical Engineering, earning a Bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University. With my engineering experience, I’ve developed as a designer of guitar amplifiers and effects. A true passion of mine, I’ve designed, built, and repaired a wide range of guitar amps and electronics. Here at the Guitar Lobby, our aim is to share our passion for Music and gear with the rest of the music community.

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Rene Worst

Rene Worst, an internationally known and well respected bass player, has established himself as one of the most influential and leading jazz voices in North America for several decades. He attended the UBC School of Music and Douglas College jazz program and was voted Bassist of the Year by the BC CARAS Tribute to West Coast Music for the 4 years that the awards were given. Rene was co-leader of the now-legendary fusion band Skywalk with six CD’s to their credit. He has toured Canada with jazz legends Chet Baker, Gene Bertoncini and Joe Pass and on the international scene, has toured the former Soviet Union with Paul Horn. He is also the bassist with Brazilian band Novo Tempo and multi-disciplinary ensemble Crossing Borders, both bands having toured extensively throughout the US & Canada; he is a virtuoso on both string and electric basses. Rene Worst has recorded and performed with numerous jazz greats, including Jack Sheldon, Tommy Banks, Herb Ellis, Freddie Hubbard, Ernestine Anderson, John Faddis, Don Thompson to name a few and has recorded and produced 7 CDs for musical partner, Jennifer Scott, one of the top jazz artists in Canada, including the highly acclaimed “ Emotional Girl“. He has also been featured as a session player on recordings by Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Bowie, Aerosmith and Poison, to name a few. Rene has released a duo album with pianist Miles Black called “Two” – it has received much critical acclaim. Rene’s studio works include jingles, album projects, and movie scores. As a noted producer, Rene has helmed recordings for Sandy Foster, Megan Fanning, Skywalk, & Crossing Borders. This current year, Rene has released the Jennifer Scott CD “Storybook” as bassist and producer and was featured on new releases by Keith Bennett and Hans Staymer. As well he released a second duo CD, “El Escorial”, with pianist Miles Black.

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The worst vintage bass guitar in the world

Waste of time - not even funny. I wasted maybe 30 seconds before shutting it down.

As to "worst bass guitar"? Probably ( actually pretty definitely) not. Bad, yes. Worst, well, I've seen worse although I don't wanna think about it, really.

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Originally Posted by John Eppstein➡️

Waste of time - not even funny. I wasted maybe 30 seconds before shutting it down.

As to "worst bass guitar"? Probably ( actually pretty definitely) not. Bad, yes. Worst, well, I've seen worse although I don't wanna think about it, really.

Lighten up a bit. ffs it's not to be taken that seriously.

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🎧 15 years

I guess I'm the only one who thinks vintage means something other then old.

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If the bass playing heard in that video is from that bass it is not the worst old bass in the world.

Gotta love the extended 4th string, punctuated by the auto-wha kicking in.
That was a climactic moment in the film.


Originally Posted by noah330➡️

I guess I'm the only one who thinks vintage means something other then old.

Damn it Noah, you beat me to it!

No, you're not the only one.


Originally Posted by kennybro➡️

Gotta love the extended 4th string...

... and all of them wound counterclockwise.


Originally Posted by Brent Hahn➡️

... and all of them wound counterclockwise.

Points for consistency

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Originally Posted by kennybro➡️

Gotta love the extended 4th string, punctuated by the auto-wha kicking in.
That was a climactic moment in the film.

I definitely felt the tension there, thankfully relieved by the auto-wah.

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Informal definition of Vintage
a. A group or collection of people or things sharing certain characteristics.
b. A year or period of origin: a car of 1942 vintage.
c. Length of existence; age.

Vintage does equal time everywhere BUT the guitar world.

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The bass player I played with this past Saturday night had one of the worst bass sounds I have ever heard.


Originally Posted by rolandjuno6➡️

The bass player I played with this past Saturday night had one of the worst bass sounds I have ever heard.

That's always fun. I had a guy sit in a while back who we fired after the first set. Paid in full, get the hell out.

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Dude, that is one sad luck instrument. It looks as if it were hewn with a battle ax.

I watched the entire video, mostly because I studied Russian and enjoyed hearing the guy's Slavic accent.

Still, the bass is a train wreck. Where is the freaking nut!?

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At My Worst Pink Sweat$


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Intro: ||C|Am|Dm|G|Verse 1 Can I call you |Cbaby? Can you be my |Amfriend? Can you be my |Dmlover up until the very |Gend? Let me show you |Clove, oh, I don't |Ampretend Stick by my |Dmside even when the world is givin' |Gin, yeah Pre-Chorus Oh, oh, oh, |Cdon't Don't you |Amworry I'll be |Dmthere, whenever you |Gwant me Chorus I need some|Cbody who can love me at my |Amworst No, I'm not |Dmperfect, but I hope you see my |Gworth 'Cause it's only |Cyou, nobody new, I put you |Amfirst And for |Dmyou, girl, I swear I'll do the |Gworst Instrumental: ||C|Am|Dm|G|Verse 2 If you stay for|Cever, let me hold your|Am hand I can fill those |Dmplaces in your heart no else |Gcan Let me show you |Clove, oh, I don't Pre|Amtend, yeah I'll be right |Dmhere, baby, you know I'll sink |Gor swim Pre-Chorus Oh, oh, oh, |Cdon't Don't you |Amworry I'll be |Dmthere, whenever you |Gwant me Chorus I need some|Cbody who can love me at my |Amworst No, I'm not |Dmperfect, but I hope you see my |Gworth, yeah 'Cause it's only |Cyou, nobody new, I put you |Amfirst (put you first) And for |Dmyou, girl, I swear I'll do the |Gworst Instrumental: ||C|Am|Dm|G| (x2) Outro: I need some|Cbody who can love me at my |Amworst No, I'm not |Dmperfect, but I hope you see my |Gworth 'Cause it's only |Cyou, nobody new, I put you |Amfirst And for |Dmyou, girl, I swear I'll do the |Gworst

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Bass guitar worst


Post by mcnewsxp
Post by Boom
Post by David Axt

Post by mk10
You actually think that the acoustic 370 is a terrible bass amp?? I
definitely have to disagree with you on that one. That amp is a direct
descendant of the almighty 360/361 (think Jaco and John Paul Jones). I'm
not sure if the one that you used was simply bad, or if you played it
through a crappy cab, but a 370 coupled to two acoustic 301 folded horn
cabs (each housing an 18" rear mounted Cerwin Vega) sounds absolutely

Actually I don't remember what number it was. I borrowed it for a gig about
25 years ago. I do remember that it had a graphic eq and just sounded
terrible. I don't remember what cabinet I played it through. It was in
pretty shabby shape so maybe it was not working correctly. BTW, I used an
Ibanez 4001 clone at the time.
I'm with David on the Acoustics. Our choir director had a 370/301 and
I hated it too. Very brittle, very transistor-y. And a guy I used to
do gigs with and we'd share amps depending on who was headlining had a
360/361 and I hated it, too. Only thing it had was lots of loud. And
quite frankly, I didn't particularly care for Jaco's tone through
them. His tone turned me off him for the longest time. I'm a tube
man and the SVT was more my thing.
i saw jaco several times and i never understood what he liked about the
as clean as his sound was on records seems odd that he'd go for mud live.
i owned used for a bit myself and could never get a clean punchy tone to
come through those transisters.
my worst amp was a big fat trainer.
you knew there was bass in the room but you could never tell where it was
coming from.
Ah, now I am beginning to get the picture.

See if you agree with me on this.

My best sound with the Acoustic 371 was when I was playing my Fender
Jazz Bass fitted with very heavy flatwound strings. For that style of
bass playing, it was almost "dry", but bottomy at the same time. No
boom, no mud, no echoey sound. You could almost cut the bass out of the
air with a knife.

When my sound moved more toward a strong midrange/trebly sound, I was
using a modified Telecaster bass, a Gibson Ripper and a Rickenbacker
4001. The Tele had a great sound with Rotosound roundwound strings, but
sounded muddy through the 371. The Gibson was kind of in between the
sound of the Jazz with flatwounds (I was using stock flatwound Gibson
strings) and that of the Telecaster with roundwounds. The Ric sounded
horrible through the 371 until I added an additional Acoustic 450 head
and a 6x10 enclosure for the high end. I shudder to think of how good
that setup would have sounded with roundwound strings.

The folded horn 18" would reproduce highs, but they were not the best
sounding highs you could get. Other amps could go lower, such as the
SVT, but it wasn't that much lower to make it worth lugging around that
SVT head. I was fairly strong back then, but lugging that Ampeg SVT head
any distance and ensuring its safety was a humbling experience. A friend
of mine had an Ampeg 2x15 folded horn enclosure. Talk about monstrous
low end!

Running the Ric 4001 stereo with the front pickup going to the 371 and
the bridge pickup going to the 450/6x10 setup was pure bliss. Especially
when flanging the high end, or running it through a Mutron III envelope

For classic bass, I still like the 371 for many styles of music. But not
for the treblier side, unless you are using a separate system for

Ed Cregger
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How We Reviewed the Basses

Choosing the Contenders

We scoured the web for hours creating a list of every single bass guitar we could find under $500, ending up with a list of about 200 basses yep — 200 😯.

In order to get from 200 basses down to 7 contenders for the shootout, we needed a lot of tricks. Here’s how we did that…

1. Known Brands Only. We started by eliminating basses from companies with no reputation as bass builders, and basses that didn’t have any reviews to be found anywhere online. While we’re interested to review basses from “unknowns” in the future, it’s safest as a beginner to stick to the popular brands so that’s what we did.

2. Four Strings. We decided to stick to four string basses. Beginners will have an easier time learning on a four string bass, and then trying out a five or six string bass later on if they’re inclined to do so.

3. Standard Scale Length. For the most part, we stuck to standard 34” scale length basses (one 35” bass snuck in there), which are suitable for many people but not all. If your hands are particularly small, it’s worth checking out short-scale basses (which we’ll review in the future).

4. Two Pickups. We limited our choices to basses with two pickups. Single pickup basses have their place in the world, but my opinion as a teacher is that two pickup basses are better for most beginners because they offer more tone options, so that students can explore a wider variety of tones as they “find their sound” and explore different styles of music.

From there, we still had way too many basses to tackle at once, so we used a combination of looking at reviews, popularity, brand reputation, plus more than a little bit of professional intuition, to choose our short list of seven basses for the showdown.


As much as humanly possible, we wanted to remove personal bias from these reviews. To do this, I blindfolded my two bass playing buddies so they wouldn’t know what bass they were playing until the end of the review. All three of us are experienced in a wide variety of musical styles, which gave us a basis to judge tone and feel in different instruments.

We approached this review process with genuine curiosity and desire to bring you the best possible recommendations for beginner basses. We aren’t paid by or affiliated with any of the brands we reviewed, and I told my reviewers not to pull any punches.

To make the group test even fairer, we took all seven basses to our bass tech Kent Fossgreen, the go-to guy for instrument and amp repair in the area (and also my dad!). First we inspected construction quality and factory setup.

We then put brand new strings on all the basses and did setups so that differences in setup wouldn’t affect our reviewers’ ratings.

In the review room, we monitored the basses out of my TC Electronic RH450 amplifier with RS210 cabinet with the same flat EQ settings for every bass. Again, the only tonal/EQ tweaks that happened at any point in the review process were on the basses themselves.

For the audio you’ll hear on the video reviews I recorded all of our test basses direct into my Audient iD14 digital audio interface running into Logic Pro. In order to give you the best sense possible of the actual “dry” sound of these basses I used no compression or EQ at any point. This is not how bass is usually recorded so keep in mind that all these basses would sound better if the signal was processed in the usual ways.


Our four review criteria were Playability, Tone, Comfort, and Versatility. Here’s what those terms mean as I explained them to my blindfolded reviewers:

1. Playability. This focused primarily on the neck of the bass – how comfortable it felt to move around, how the string spacing felt, thoughts about upper fret access, string tension, and if any glaring issues came up like sharp fret edges or dead spots.

2. Tone. We explored the tones we could get by sticking with standard fingerstyle technique and changing the knob settings on the bass. This rating came from overall impression of the tone of the instrument, the quality of the pickups/electronics as perceived by our ears, and if we could imagine actually using the bass on a gig.

3. Comfort. This criteria had the least influence in the overall rating. I asked my reviewers how the bass felt on their body in terms of weight and balance.

4. Versatility. I had reviewers try out a variety of techniques on the bass like picking and slapping to determine if those techniques were physically comfortable to perform, and also if the bass responded with some good sounding tones.

We also examined each bass for construction quality with our bass tech, but since none of the basses had glaring issues this wasn’t factored into the rating system. We did include interesting tech info in the Tech Corner for each bass though.

The overall rating for each bass is an aggregate of all three reviewers ratings.

General Tech Notes

All of our basses shipped in good condition with a playable setup. Our bass tech Kent said in regards to the setups and quality control we observed, “You could buy any of these basses confidently online.” Basses made in Indonesia came with slightly higher setups than basses coming from China, but they were very playable across the board.

One consistent issue we noticed is that basses with closed gear tuners had loose tuner bushings.

They had probably only been hand-tightened in the factory, which may have been done on purpose to avoid issues when basses are shipped around the world. You should be aware of this so that you can grab a hex wrench and tighten those bushings up when you get your bass, otherwise your tuners might flop around or fall apart.

Epiphone/Tobias Toby Deluxe IV

Reviewed at $229


VERDICT Did this bass live up to the Michael Tobias name? In our opinion, not so much. The only sounds that really impressed us from this bass were the aggressive rock sounds. For anything else, keep looking.

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Epiphone/Tobias Toby Deluxe IV Full Review

The first thing you might wonder about this bass is “why is the name so complicated?” Here’s the deal: Michael Tobias has been a respected bass luthier for decades. After a couple years of collaboration with Gibson/Epiphone in the early 90’s, he left to make basses on his own under the name MTD (Michael Tobias Design), but Gibson still owns the “Tobias” name.

So this bass is made in the style of Michael Tobias, which set our expectations high, having had the pleasure of playing some of his custom instruments. Let’s find out if it merits the Tobias name!

Tech Corner

This bass needed a little more setup than the others, but it set up nicely. The 9V battery for the active EQ didn’t have its own compartment, instead it was designed to fit into a clip in the main compartment. However, the battery had come loose from the clip when we opened up the bass, which would cause rattling inside the body of the bass.

Playability 8/10

I love the 24 fret neck and it feels easy to use the high frets, although the neck is a little thicker than I like. The string spacing is a little wider than I need but that could be good for a beginner.

Tone 5/10

This bass’s default tone is thin with a ton of top end coming from the tone knob. Most of the tones we explored really needed the active bass boost to sound good, which isn’t my favorite – I’d rather the bass sound good “plain.” On the other hand, this was our favorite bass boost knob out of all the basses we tried, it had a nice focused sound. My favorite tones from this bass were with the tone maxed and some bass boost, provided some solid aggressive rock options. I couldn’t get a quacky funk sound I liked, I just couldn’t stand the brittleness of this bridge pickup.

Comfort 6/10

The weight of this bass felt fine to all of us, and the neck balance was good.

Versatility 6/10

I had a huge problem slapping on this bass because the bridge protruded in a way that dug into my arm unpleasantly. This may not affect all players depending on arm length and technique, but for me this alone makes the bass not even an option. Ben and Gio didn’t experience that issue with the bridge, so they enjoyed the slap tones more than I did.


ModelToby Deluxe IV
Manufacturer Websitehttp://www.epiphone.com/…
Active or passiveActive (bass boost)
Scale length34″
Weight7.8lb / 3.54kg
Number of frets24
Body woodRadiata
Neck woodHard maple
Fingerboard woodRosewood
Fingerboard radius12″
PickupsTobias TBR™ Dual Rail Humbucker x2
Knob functionsMaster volume, Pickup blend, Passive tone, Active bass boost


Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar

Reviewed at $249


VERDICT Squier makes some really solid entry-level instruments, but this Jaguar has a couple issues. Gio described the active bass boost as a “doom knob” that could be really dangerous on your first gig if not handled carefully, and I totally agree.

This bass had a wide spread in the ratings between the three of us. Despite the bass boost issue, Gio liked it a lot more than Ben and I did, which he readily admits may be because a higher-end Fender Jaguar is one of the basses he plays regularly so this bass felt very familiar.

It’s not the worst beginner bass you could choose, but let’s keep looking and see if we can find something better.

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Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar

Squier, Fender’s budget line of instruments, has been a standby of the beginner bass market for a long time. Having played the higher priced Fender Jaguar in the past, I was curious to try out the less expensive Squier model and see if it would reproduce the classic Fender sounds we wanted. Let’s find out!

Tech Corner

The Jaguar came with the action a little high, but the intonation was good and the factory strings were nice and fresh.

Playability 7/10

I had fun playing this bass even though the way it feels isn’t really what I like in general. It’s got a relatively thick Fender neck, and you’ve got the typical Fender problem of a huge neck block and bad upper fret access, which is a problem for my playing style. But personal preference aside there, the neck feels good to move around (except those top frets). There seems to be a dead spot on the G string at the 6th fret.

Tone 6/10

All three of us agreed that the neck pickup was much more exciting than the bridge pickup, lending some classic Fender Precision-style tones. We found some nice warm vintage soul tones from the neck pickup with the tone rolled down. Again, the bass sounds a little thin without the active bass boost, and the bridge pickup lacked the “quack” and “punch” we wanted.

Comfort 5/10

Fenders/Squiers always feel a little heavy and clunky to me, and the headstocks are so bulky that the neck tends to dip quite a bit, and I found this to be true with this particular Squier Jaguar too.

Versatility 7/10

Fingerstyle, slapping, and picking all felt great on this bass physically, and there were a couple solid tones to be found with each technique.


SeriesSquier Vintage Modified
ModelVintage Modified Jaguar
Manufacturer Websitehttp://shop.fender.com/…
Active or passiveActive (bass boost)
Scale length34″ (864 mm)
Number of frets20
Body woodBasswood
Neck woodMaple
Fingerboard woodRosewood
Fingerboard radius9.5″ (241 mm)
PickupsNeck: Vintage style Precision bass, Bridge: Standard Jazz bass
Knob functionsNeck volume, Bridge volume, Passive tone, Active bass boost


Cort Action 4 PJ

Reviewed at $199


VERDICT Is this lesser known bass worth checking out? Yes, definitely. We were all really pleasantly surprised by this bass. It wasn’t the best bass we played, but for the money you would be hard pressed to find a better instrument. We’re very interested to try out Cort’s more expensive offerings later down the line.

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Cort Action Full Review

Cort came to our attention thanks to jazz bassist Jeff Berlin, who in 2014 became the first big name bassist to endorse Cort instruments. While we were focusing on more popular brands for these reviews, we had a feeling Cort would be worth throwing in the mix.

The Cort Action is also one of the less expensive basses in our review group. So how will the cheaper, least well-known bass stack up against the big names?

Tech Corner

The factory setup was great out of the box, with no buzz even though the trussrod was flat. Maybe the best out of the box setup we saw. We did have to bottom out the E string on the bridge while dialing in the action, which indicates less setup flexibility than we’d like.

Playability 8/10

I love the 24-fret neck on a bass this inexpensive. That said, I wish the cutaway went deeper so I could access the top two frets more comfortably. As it is I have to cram my hand in there a little bit which limits my mobility and ability to play chords up there. I also wish the neck was narrower at the lower frets. But overall, we’re pretty impressed with the neck and playability of this bass.

Tone 6/10

I don’t know if the sparkly pink finish was getting to my head, but there was something I just really liked about this bass’s tone that sounded “sweet” or “earnest.” The bass does seem to be missing some high end – the tone knob doesn’t get very bright, so it’s hard to find crystal clarity for harmonics, and also the upper mids and treble for an aggressive rock sound. For general use, I would keep the tone all the way up, and roll it off for tubby vintage sounds.

Since this is a passive instrument, there aren’t many tone options, but what tones there are sound good.

Comfort 8/10

This bass feels nice and light, and the neck balances well and doesn’t drop.

Versatility 7/10

Fingerstyle and slap both felt great on this bass. While using a pick, I noticed that the corners on the neck pickup were a little sharp when my hand hit them from that particular angle – not dangerously so, just uncomfortable. If this was your bass, you could probably sand them down to be smooth though.


ModelAction 4 PJ
Manufacturer Websitehttp://www.cortguitars.com/…
Active or passivePassive
Scale length34″
Number of frets24
Body woodAgathis
Neck woodCanadian hard maple
Fingerboard woodRosewood
Fingerboard radius15.75″ (400 mm)
PickupsPowersound PSEB4-4/F & PSEB1-4/R
Knob functionsNeck volume, Bridge volume, Tone


Ibanez Gio GSR200

Reviewed at $199


VERDICT Despite its popularity and favorable reviews elsewhere online, the resounding chorus from all our pro bassist reviewers is that this bass sucks. Don’t buy it.

My one regret with selecting basses for these reviews is that I would love to hear the cheapest bass in the Ibanez SR line up against the Yamaha TRBX304 we look at later, they’re at the same price point and have a lot in common. The Ibanez SRs I’ve played are much better basses than this GSR200.

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Ibanez Gio GSR200 Full Review

Ibanez is one of the most popular bass guitar manufacturers, and this is one of the most popular beginner basses we could find – does it deserve the spotlight? Let’s see what happens.

Tech Corner

The Ibanez came with a decent setup, no buzz, and the factory strings were okay. It set up really well. We hated the flimsy chrome plastic knobs. On the plus side, the headstock has a slick little trussrod cover that flips open by hand, no tools required.

Playability 6/10

This bass felt pretty average to play. The neck was playable and there was decent access all the way to the 22nd fret. The neck feels a little wider and thicker than I personally like.

Tone 3/10

This bass had an obnoxious active bass boost knob that added a ton of gain and boominess. I couldn’t get any of the funky punchiness I wanted out of the bridge pickup even when I plucked right over it. Overall the bass sounded dull even with the passive tone maxed.

Comfort 6/10


Versatility 6/10

Plucking, slapping, and picking all felt fine on this bass physically, but again the tones were really lacking all around.


Manufacturer Websitehttp://www.ibanez.com/…
Active or passiveActive (bass boost)
Scale length34″
Number of frets22
Body woodPoplar
Neck woodMaple
Fingerboard woodRosewood
Fingerboard radius12″
PickupsStd. P neck pickup, Std. J bridge pickup
Knob functionsNeck volume, Bridge volume, Passive tone, Active bass boost


Dean Edge 10 PJ

Reviewed at $239


VERDICT Despite all the positive reviews elsewhere, this bass did not fare well in our tests. All of three of us agreed – only buy this bass if you just care about looks and have matching white shoes.

Otherwise, look elsewhere. With the huge disparity between this bass’s user reviews and our experience with it here, I have to guess that most bass reviews are written by beginners who aren’t qualified to comment on the differences between instruments and how they stack up to professional quality instruments.

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Dean Edge 10 PJ Full Review

The Dean Edge 10 PJ has very positive user reviews. Will it withstand the test of three pro bass players?

Tech Corner

This bass came to us with no buzz and playable action, but the intonation was a hair off on the A and D strings. The pickups had a surprisingly high output volume, which later proved to be an issue when trying to record this bass. There were subtle paint lines on the finish on the back of bass. The bridge saddles were already up against the bridge so we weren’t able to lower the action as much as desired.

Playability 4/10

This bass only has 22 frets, but the top two felt hard to reach around the cutaway. We didn’t really like the overall feel, which we ascribe to some combination of the setup, string tension, and neck.

Tone 2/10

Bummer. Overall this bass sounded boomy and undefined. The electronics were confusing at first since they didn’t match the manufacturer’s description. I couldn’t get a single sound I really liked. The bridge pickup is in a really strange position, almost three inches from the bridge, where most bridge pickups are one or two inches from the bridge, which resulted in a lack of satisfying “quack” and “punch” that we expect from a bridge pickup.

Comfort 6/10

This one felt a little heavy. The neck balance was good.

Versatility 4/10

The space between the fingerboard and neck pickup felt too tight for me to be comfortable slapping, particularly for doing index finger pops on the lower strings. It was hard to find a spot for the pick too, making this bass the most difficult physically to pick and slap that we’ve seen.


ModelEdge 10 PJ
Manufacturer Websitehttp://www.deanguitars.com/…
Active or passiveActive (bass boost)
Scale length35″
Number of frets22
Body woodBasswood
Neck woodMaple
Fingerboard woodRosewood
Fingerboard radius16″
PickupsDMT Design P, DMT Design J
Knob functionsNeck volume, Neck tone, Bridge volume, Bridge tone


Yamaha TRBX304

Reviewed at $350


VERDICT Do you get what you pay for? For the most part, the answer is yes. The electronics in this bass operate at higher standard than any other bass we looked at. To quote our bass tech Kent, “The Yamaha is a really nice modern bass, it’s got a lot of really great features for an entry level bass. The fit and finish is really nice, the hardware’s good… a step above everything else we’ve looked at. I’m pretty impressed. You definitely get what you pay for”

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Yamaha TRBX304 Full Review

Do you get what you pay for with beginner basses? We’re gonna find out by reviewing the Yamaha TRBX304, which is the most expensive bass we’ll look at in this review series.

We’d like to thank Loud and Clear Music in Cotati, CA for providing this bass to us for our reviews. If you’re in the area, go in there and check out their ever-changing selection of new and consignment basses and other instruments.

Let’s check out the TRBX304 and find out if spending a little more on a bass pays off.

Tech Corner

The factory setup came with a little buzz on the G string, but we were able to adjust it out with no problems. The trussrod actually didn’t need any tweaking, maybe because the five piece neck is more stable than the solid maple necks. The Yamaha has higher quality hardware overall than we’ve seen on the other basses.

Playability 7/10

I felt really comfortable on this neck. I love the 24 frets but I wish the cutaway went deeper so I could reach all the frets without changing my technique. There was something about the string tension that Gio and I didn’t like, it maybe felt a little floppier than we wanted, but this might be resolved by setting the action a little higher.

Tone 8/10

This is where the extra money you pay for this bass goes. Better electronics means more versatility and better functioning knobs. Since the electronics in this bass are of a higher quality than we’ve looked at in the other basses in this series, any issues we had are more subtle.

Overall the tones coming out of this instrument sounded very modern and somehow metallic to me, which matched the look of the bass. Even with the bass boosted a bit and the treble all the way down, I couldn’t quite find the thumpy tubby sound I would want for Motown or soul. The neck pickup had a great growl to it. The bridge pickup is solid and has more low end than the cheaper bridge pickups, but like every other bridge pickup we looked at in these reviews it’s still not quite giving me the punch that I want.

While I liked the 5-way EQ selector at first, my enthusiasm waned over time. It felt a little too complex for beginner use, and I didn’t love the EQ curves. The slap setting felt a little boomy, and the solo setting had a nice gain boost but added extra low end I didn’t want.

Those issues aside, all three of us gave this good marks for tone. There were lots of usable tones, and the knobs responded well to our tweaks.

Comfort 8/10

Solid. Bonus point for the thumb rests on the pickups!

Versatility 9/10

Fingers, pick and slap were all easy to perform on this bass, and each had some good tones. I especially liked slapping on it, either with just the neck pickup or with both pickups balanced, it had a good modern sound.


Manufacturer Websitehttps://usa.yamaha.com/…
Active or passiveActive
Scale length34″
Number of frets24
Body woodSolid mahogany
Neck woodMaple and mahogany 5pc
Fingerboard woodRosewood
Fingerboard radius10″
Knob functionsMaster volume, Pickup blend, Bass boost/cut, Treble boost,cut, 5-way Performance EQ selector


Squier Vintage Modified Jazz

Reviewed at $349


VERDICT The verdict is in: this thing rocks. It’s built well, the electronics are nice and simple, and it gives you the sounds you want from a Jazz bass. Being a passive instrument, it doesn’t have as many tone options as we saw with the Yamaha TRBX304, but the sounds it has are great.

There was some disparity in our reviewing of this bass over the bridge pickup. My guess is that Ben and Gio would have both given higher ratings for tone if they could have heard my pickup height adjustment.

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Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Full Review

The Jazz bass is one of the classic designs upon which many other basses are based. But can you really get the Jazz bass sound at this low price? Let’s find out how the Squier Vintage Modified Jazz performs when we put it to the test.

Tech Corner

The Jazz bass came with good intonation and no buzz. The action was a little high but playable. The factory strings were live and even.

Playability 6/10

This was a lot of fun to play. It had the same dead spot as the Jaguar on the 6th fret of the G string. I liked the neck gloss, but we all hate the typical Fender issues – huge neck block, not enough frets, and bad upper fret access. I would give it four stars for how much I enjoyed it, but minus one star for the Fender problems and for the dead spot.

Tone 7/10

Like any passive Fender bass, the Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass only has a few tonal options, but they are great options. The neck pickup soloed with the tone down give that nice “tubular” sound that Gio described, and bringing the tone up gives it a nice growl and click for digging into some hard rock.

Gio and Ben both experienced some disappointment with the bridge pickup tone, feeling it was missing some punch and quack (as we experienced across the board in this series). I was curious to see if I could improve the sound of this bass, so I tried bringing the bridge pickup a hair closer to the strings. After that I was much happier with the punchiness and output of the pickup. It actually sounded pretty good by itself with the tone most of the way up, and I finally got the funky punch and quack I’d been looking for in all these basses.

Comfort 5/10

This bass was the heaviest in our review group, and the neck dipped substantially due to the bulky Fender headstock. No comfort issues otherwise.

Versatility 9/10

Pick, fingers and slap all felt and sounded great on this bass! I particularly enjoy the slap sounds out of either the solo neck pickup, or both pickups combined.


SeriesSquier Vintage Modified
ModelVintage Modified Jazz
Manufacturer Websitehttp://shop.fender.com/…
Active or passivePassive
Scale length34″
Number of frets20
Body woodBasswood
Neck woodMaple
Fingerboard woodRosewood
Fingerboard radius9.5″
PickupsFender-Designed Single-Coil Jazz Bass x2
Knob functionsNeck volume, Bridge volume, Tone


The Final Showdown

We’ve seen some great beginner basses, and some surprisingly lame ones. But which bass guitar punches above its weight to win the BassBuzz Beginner Bass award? Drum roll…


Overall Winner Yamaha TRBX304

The Yamaha TRBX304 had hands down the highest quality construction and electronics we looked at, and comes with a wide range of tones you can explore for different styles of music and bass playing.

Vintage Winner Squier Vintage Modified Jazz

While it was less versatile than the Yamaha, if you’re just looking for that classic growly-yet-refined sound of the Fender Jazz, you’ll get a wallet-friendly version of it with the Squier Vintage Modified Jazz. A simple, functional Fender-style bass with a few great sounds.

Budget Winner Cort Action 4 PJ

The Cort Action wasn’t the best bass we played, but for the price it was built well and had some cool features like a 24-fret neck. If you’re on a tight budget, this bass will perform as a beginner instrument no problem.

Some Pointers for Buying

Reviewing all these basses, having them setup, and having multiple reviewers play them was a big undertaking. What did we learn?

1. Active bass boosts — be wary. Me and my reviewers all share a concern about cheap active bass boosts. They have a HUGE effect on the output of the bass, so beginners need to be extremely careful about moving those knobs around on a gig where the bass is running through a house sound system. These basses also tended to sound thin without the bass boost, which makes me think these basses could have been better with higher quality passive pickups and no cheap/gimmicky active electronics. If you’re going for a bass under $300, you’re probably better off buying a passive instrument than getting a cheap bass boost “doom knob.”

2. Fret Access. We all love the classic tones you can get out of Fender basses, but really hate that huge block of wood at the neck joint and the terrible higher fret access. Fender needs to step it up in that area to attract players who like doing a lot of soloing, chords, tapping, and anything else that uses the upper register.

3. You Get What You Pay For. Based on what we saw with these seven basses, it seems to be largely true that “you get what you pay for.” The more expensive Yamaha TRBX304 had nicer, more versatile electronics than any of the other basses.

4. Look to Spend $200 Minimum. Based on these basses and past experience, I don’t think you should try to spend less that $200 on a new bass. If the electronics or construction were any cheaper in these basses, they would really suck. This is the lowest tier of basses that I would actually consider playing in public. If you’re trying to save money, buy a used bass from a well known brand, not a brand new bass from a company you’ve never heard of.

5. Different Strokes. With both Ben and Gio, the favorite they picked in the shootout was not the bass they had given the highest star rating in the individual reviews. This shows that pros pick basses primarily by feel, and all the analysis we do is helpful, but secondary.

Go Buy a Bass

Now you’ve got a good idea of the beginner basses that are available and what to look for hopefully you’re ready to buy a bass and start rocking. What are you waiting for?

P.S. If you’re looking for a quality practice amp for your shiny new bass, check out our amp reviews here.

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The 10 worst things about being a bass

19 July 2017, 15:40

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Can you hit a low C? Yes. Do you ever get the limelight, even when you really deserve it? No.

1. People pretend to be a bass, when they're actually a baritone

Can you guys reach a C2? No? Thought not.



2. People always think you play the bass guitar

No, I’m not in an edgy indie band. Yes, I can absolutely nail the bottom F2 in O Isis und Osiris.



3. You never get the lead role 

Because male operatic leads are ALWAYS tenors.



4. The end of every piece looks like this

It's impossible to escape that perfect cadence.

Bass ending

5. You NEVER get to stand at the front

Tbf, this does give you express permission to make snarky comments in the back row for the entire rehearsal.



6. You can never zone out and mime along

Because in rehearsal, you’re LITERALLY THE ONLY ONE THERE.



7. You forget how to sing along to the melody

"Why can't you just sing the tune and stop going 'doo dum dum' over everything?"



8. You are always drowned out by the tenors

Because they insist on belting out every note, whether the tune is theirs or not. *rage*



9. Evening gigs are your enemy

Can somebody please start scheduling gigs for 6.30am? Because that’s when our low notes sound really spicy.



10. You have a serious lack of role models

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Simon Keenlyside, Thomas Hampson... yes, they're kick-ass singers. But sadly for you, they're all baritones.

No matter what though, you will always have Bryn Terfel.

Lovely, loyal, bassy Bryn.

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