Of course, we’ve all learned recently that it’s all about the bass, so without further adieu, here’s ten ground-shaking bass guitars for under $500:
For excellent bass tone and versatility at an affordable price, look no further. The Squier Jaguar Bass V Special dons good looks, vintage style, and great sound through the the combination of a solid body and dual pickups both at the bridge and the middle for optimal range and tone. And with the addition of the low B string, you’ll be able to crank out killer low notes. Grab this bass
Recognize this bass? That’s because it’s a recreation of the original SG bass played by greats such as John Entwistle of The Who, and Bill Wyman on The Rolling Stones. One of the most distinctive bass guitars in the rock world, the Epiphone EB-3 stands as a nod to the past while staying current with modern designs such as a new, long scale neck. With a mahogany body and neck and bridge pickups, the EB-3 completely delivers on tone and feel. For $300, you can be part of Epiphone history!
3. ESP F-104
Oh man. This bass has it all: thunderous sound, a fast neck, chrome hardware, and an insane cut body made from agathis. The ESP SB-4 pickups with active HQ make for a super versatile bass that can really deliver on the crushing lows. A major perk of this
In the market for an affordable bass that plays as smooth as butter? Well here we are: The Squier Classic Vibe. This
Check out this beaut. This solid mahogany body finished in black nickel makes for a bass that’s super easy on the eyes. And with Performance EQ active circuitry, you’re able to switch quickly between pre-built and jam-ready tones, and you can fine-tune those tones to your exact liking. This bass
With a wide range of tones, and hailing from the SR family, this Ibanez is a killer bass
For all you 14th century bass players, move aside. This bass is specifically for the modern player. Alright, besides the not-so-cool name for this series of guitars by Fender, this bass really delivers on some modern bass technologies. There’s a special five-position rotary pickup that allows you to really get creative with tone from the three-coil pickup. You can choose from options such as front coil alone, front and middle together, and so on. You can find this bass for just under $500.
Let’s just all take a minute to enjoy the beauty of this bass
When it comes to bang for your buck, this is the bass to consider. This iconic bass really packs a punch through its two Gibson TB Plus humbucking pickups and neck-thru design. The result is killer bass growl without all of the noise. And each of the premium pickups has its own volume and tone control, so you can really hone into the sound needed to truly rock. With a tapered neck, this bass is super playable, has ridiculous sound, and can be found for just around $499.
So there you have it, ten bass guitars under $500. If you’re on the hunt and are looking for solid reviews on guitars or basses, we recommend checking out musiciansfriend.com or sweetwater.com. Both sites offer customer reviews and rating, giving you some real good tips and info. Of course, it’s always best to check out instruments in your local music shop so you can really find what’s best for you. Alright, now it’s your turn. What basses did we forget to mention? What are your favorites for under $500? Let us know!
By John Lombard