Bass guitarists are often looking for high quality instruments that do not break the bank. They want to be able to play instruments that can produce great sound and can handle heavy use during live performances. The good news is there are good bass guitars available under $500.
Schecter Stiletto Extreme-4 Bass Guitar (4 String, Black Cherry)
The Schecter Stilleto Extreme-4 Bass Guitar has diamond-active pickups, graph tech tusq nut, Schecter tuners and diamond bass bridge. This bass guitar delivers tone that is going to get you covered in whatever kind of band performance situation. It makes it easy for you to dial in the right sound for your preferred music style. It is best to be played for contemporary R&B, slap-bass tones, and mid-range jazz. When it comes to playability, you can certainly depend on this instrument. It had a flawless setup out of the box with true intonation all the way to its neck. The narrow neck works well to complex voicings and bass chords. And like the rest of the parts, the bridge is heavy and solid. With a great looking finish, superb playability, easy handling and highly affordable price tag, this instrument is really a good buy.
Epiphone Viola Electric Bass Guitar, Vintage Sunburst
The Epiphone Viola electric bass guitar has a laminated maple body, maple set neck, rosewood fretboard, NYT and NYR mini-humbucker pickups, dot inlays, chrome hardware, 1.65 inch nut width, and 30.5 scale length. This bass guitar is good alternative if you have always been dreaming of playing an instrument similar to the one that Paul McCartney first used. The Epiphone Viola has the same great look and beautiful as the original Hofner bass, but without the two thousand dollar price tag. For a quarter of that price, you can start playing like the Beatles star and wow your audience with this Viola bass. This instrument also has a hollow body the same as with the Hofner, but the electronics are radically different. Nonetheless, the vintage style that reminds of the great British Invasion should be enough to entice you to get this highly affordable and superb performing bass instrument.
ESP LTD B Series B-205 Five-String Bass Guitar – Natural Satin
The ESP LTD B series B-205 five-string bass guitar comes with Ash body and spalted maple top. It also has rosewood fingerboard, LTD tuners, LTD BB-605 bridge, bolt-on neck, 34 inch scale length, 24 jumbo frets, extra thin U neck contour, ESP designed pickups and Volume/balance/ABQ-3 controls. This instrument features a string-thru design with active electronics. The five-piece maple construction offers maximum stability while the bolt-on neck is designed deep into the body for winning sustain and snap combination. Optimum fingers access to the 24 fret neck is possible through the U neck contour. The balance control allows for blending the 2 pickups’ output. For easy way to tweak the blend setting, you can depend on the separate treble and mid control, and to complete the electronics aspect, you can rely on the power of the master volume control. At the price it is available right now, you can certainly get a great bargain that comes with magnificent performance quality.
Epiphone Thunderbird PRO-IV Electric Bass Guitar, Vintage Sunburst
The Epiphone Thunderbird PRO-IV Electric Bass Guitar has a mahogany body, rosewood fretboard and T-PRO bass humbucker pickups. This bass guitar is Epiphone’s new Thunderbird PRO-IV professional series, a rock and roll bass instrument with a very unique shape that comes with conventional design elements combined with modern technology. The best thing about this bass guitar is that despite all the high-grade features it has, it still comes affordably priced. It also features seven-piece (W/M/W/M/W/M/W), rock-solid and through-body constructed neck that delivers superb sustain and tone. Additionally, with the combination of the new T-PRO humbucker pickups, EQ and custom active electronics, you can get assured that this bass guitar can be transformed into versatile instrument that can deliver a wide range of tonal alternatives. Other special features include: die-cast premium 14:1 bass machine heads, SlimTaper neck profile, dully-adjustable bridge and straight-string Epi-designed pull headstock.
Yamaha BB Series BB424X BL 4-Strings Bass Guitar with Pick Guard; Black
The Yamaha BB Series BB424X BL 4-Strings Bass Guitar comes with the legendary BB design with single blade and split pickup design and five-piece maple/nato neck. The bolt-on neck has alder spline-joint body and ceramic pickups. The best thing about this bass guitar is that it is the cheapest in the Yamaha BB series, but that does not mean to say that it is low on quality. The amazing thing is that it comes almost perfectly setup out of the box. The pickup produces punchy sounds that are also clear, while the bass has superb resonance and sustain due to that string-through body.