I needed an inexpensive bass but I needed something that sounded decent. I looked at a used Washburn but it was damaged, and the sound was not steady. I also looked at a 5-String Rogue, but it's lower end did not keep tone. This was the best solution for the price. Not much could be improved on this bass for the price point, although a brass bridge might improve the sound (but would probably drive the price up) This is an excellent value bass.
Model Year: 2008
Price: $129.00 CDN (new)
This bass is made in Indonesia. The body is Alder with a graphite reinforced maple neck. The fingerboard is rosewood, with 20 Medium Jumbo frets. 1 American Standard Precision Bass Alnico 5 Split Single-Coil Pickup. It has a black finish with a white pick guard. The bridge is a High Mass Vintage bridge. For the price the number of good quality features this bass offers is amazing. An excellent quality for price.
I find this bass to be the easiest bass I've played in a long time. The neck is very accessible. The bass keeps tune better than the Ibanez Soundgear 5 string I play. I find even when there is a significant humidity change the bass stays in tune with only a slight adjustment needed even after a week.
The bass has a nice balanced sound. It delivers a well rounded bottom end, and has decent sustain even into the higher frequencies. The bottom end notes are all clear and don't seem to mud out even on a poor quality amplifier.
I've only been playing this bass for a month, but it's ability to maintain tone and tune make it the most reliable bass I've played in a long time. The only other bass that I've played that maintained intonation and tune like this instrument, was a G&L Series A (my first bass)
Will be having bass looked at by a pro this week to see if I need to change pickups or any repairs .Will keep this bass till I Die gift from wife will be looking to up grade soon.
Model Year: 2002
Where Obtained: Private sale
Has 3sets of pickups on it not sure of brand .Could be my amp but having trouble getting a good deep thump from it get lots of feed back .
No magor flaws that I know of .
This bass is very good for a beginner/intermediate player or a well-rounded one that is short on some dough. I chose this one over a Yahama with P and J pickup combination because I prefered it's tone and it has somewhat of a vintagey tone like the Fender P-Basses. A good buy if you are in the right level. Although I love this bass, I would not buy it again if it was destroyed simply because I have advanced enough to be able to up my axe.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $200.00 CDN (new)
Where Obtained: Steve's Music Shop (Ottawa)
The Squier Standard Affinity Precision Bass is exactly what it sounds like: "Standard." It offers an alder body, C-Shape maple neck with a 20 odd fret rosewood fingerboard. It's a medium-ish scale bass. It's bridge is your standard 4 saddle bridge. In terms of pick-ups, it has 1 split single coil pickup with a volume control and a tone control. Again, "Standard" features, but they get the job done.
Overall for playing this is a good bass. I think it is more intended for the more beginner/intermediate bass player, but it does offer a playability that caters to all styles. It is not focused on one particular style and for that reason it is pretty versatile, although if you are looking to hone in on something specific, you should probably look elsewhere.
The sound quality of this bass is also good. There is a small amount of fretbuzz that seems to occur regularly on all models, but eventually it goes away. With the P style pickups it offers a fare tone that should suit a well-rounded players needs.
This bass is a beast. It survives an up and down climate, can be near drafts and it still holds true. I have seen one of these thrown 10 feet off a stage and survive without much damage (it was still playable). One thing to watch out for: it goes out of tune quickly if it is left sitting a while. Don't tune it one night, play, put it in it's stand and then expect it to be in tune the next night, because it won't.
Looked at other fenders and other 5 strings, the price for a five string and the sound was a good buy.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: mars music
5 string squire p bass
2 vol 1 tone control
finish metal flake green
Medium action, enough to keep the buzz out
Currently running through an amp with no effects. in the near future it will played through a house system.
musical styles are slow to fast, country to funk.
sound is more towards mid to light, although the 5th sting can provide a heavy bottom end depemding upon the amp used.
modifications being considered are going to a single vol and using the other control as a balance between the front and rear pick up.
There have been no problems after four months of playing 3 times a week, with sets from 45 minutes to an hour a half long.
My over all opinion of this bass is that it is a great
gigging machine. It takes a liken and keeps on tiken.
I was looking for a good sounding, nice playing but
most importantly for me reliable bass and I have
found it here.
Price: $0.00 canadian (new)
Where Obtained: sherwood music kitchener on.ca.
I'm not quite sure what all the woods are but it can
take a beating and sill look and play good
This bass plays great. I gig alot and don't ever have
time to adjust it, but it hasn't needed any adjusting
as far as I'm concerned. I have put this bass threw
over 1000 gigs since 1995 and it still plays like a
I love the way this bass sounds. It can have a nice
thick fat sound aswell as a thiner more punchy
sound just by adjusting the tone nob. I have a really
nice David Edan Traveler Plus amp so I'm sure that
helps, but I've played threw other amps and I still
have the control that I want. There is a large
spectrum of frequencies that I can squeez out of it
If you want an extreamly durable bass, I recomend
this bass. I call it my "Gig Pig" and trust me it has
earned the name.
To be honest I think this is a great bass for beginners. Its cheap, has a decent tone, and the p-bass neck is easy to get your fingers around when you are first learning. For more advanced players considering public performances I don't think I would reccomend it however.
Price: $269.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
This is a pretty standard beginners 4 string bass with 20 frets and passive pickups. The main advantage I found over beginners basses from other brands is that there are two volume controls (one mid and one bridge) instead of just one, giving slightly better sound control. Another thing I appreciated about this model is that left handed versions were in stock (obviously not a consideration for most of you...). Overall I think the extra couple of bucks to move up from the basic model was worth it.
Overall playability is pretty good. The dual volume controls allow particular registers to be emphasized well. I don't know if it's just my bass but the second and third frets jut out a bit, resulting in more frequent buzz than I have noticed on other basses I have picked up in stores.
Sound quality is nothing special, but this is a beginner instrument. It is diffucult to get a nice, warm, woody sound. I play mostly metal and hard rock so usually I just want a good solid low end which this bass seems to provide well. I have not noticed any major feedback/noise problems except for the two screwed up frets I mentioned above.
Durability could be better. As I mentioned, a couple of frets are out of place and the volume control knob broke off within two months of me owning it. Everything else seems fine. The head and nuts seem to hold tension well and I only seem to have to do major re-tuning if the temperature swings significantly.
Good fist bas to start with virtuatly indestructable and has a very good punchy sound
Model Year: 1999
Price: $160.00 UK Pounds
Where Obtained: Rick's Guitar Shack
Koreen bog standed p bass
colour is cream
one tone pot
Preitty poor neck not that smooth
god for achoring of the split P pickups though
Nice and meat deep tone considering it's koreen
good for sabbath and queen
Had it a while sill looks and sounds very good
has NEVER let me down
Neck is sold as a rock
This bass could be a bit better, but for 200 bucks, I am very satisfied with my purchase.
Model Year: 1999
Where Obtained: Ebay Auction
Made in Mexico with 20 frets. It has 1 tone and 1 volume control. It is equipped with 2 S/S pickups. It has a black finish with a precision body and non-locking tuners.
I use this bass all the time, and I have no problems with it.
The sound quality with my rms amp is pretty good, I play many types of music and they all sound good.
This Guitar is pretty reliable, the only negative aspect are the strap locks, which anger me at times.