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Best Value Bass Guitars

Best Value Bass Guitars  ·  Source: Charvel

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The Best Value Bass Guitars is our list of the top 5 instruments that offer players a great playing experience, build quality, and sweet bass tones. With something at all price points, this list is a great place to start looking for your next bass guitar.

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Best Value Bass Guitars

Of course, there are a lot of bass models out there and so it would be practically impossible to list them all. Instead, we check out some of the Best Value Bass Guitars on Thomann and why you should check them out. We look at price, features and build quality, whilst also taking into account user reviews from Thomann.

If you need a new bass guitar, then this list is for you! Make sure you let us know your favourite bass guitars in the comments section below; there are so many great bass guitars available in today’s marketplace so be sure to share your top picks!

Harley Benton JB-75MN

This Harley Benton JB-75MN offers a lot of great value and it won’t break the bank. This J-style model comes with an American ash body paired with a maple neck.

Great Value the Harley Benton JB-75MN

Great Value the Harley Benton JB-75MN

Roswell

Powered by a pair of Roswell JBA Alnico-5 Vintage JB-style single coil pickups with traditional twin volume and a single tone knob. This ‘budget-priced’ bass has some very strong positive reviews from owners over at Thomann.

I love the black block inlays and matching black binding along the neck on this model. This model is available in various finishes, including Natural, Black, Sunburst and Sunburst with a Laurel fretboard.

RRP – EUR 169 *

Harley Benton JB-75MN NA Vintage Series

Harley Benton JB-75MN NA Vintage Series

Customer rating:
(1165)

Fender Mustang Bass

The Fender Mustang Bass is a great choice for many players. Offering an alder body with a 30″ scale length maple neck with 19 medium jumbo frets. Short-scale basses like this Mustang are easier to play for those with smaller hands; additionally also offering a uniquely different tone to traditional long-scale basses.

Fender Mustang Bass

Fender Mustang Bass

Vintage Style

The Mustang Bass comes fitted with a set of Fender Vintage-Style Jazz Bass Single-Coil (bridge) and Vintage-Style Precision Bass Split Coil (middle) pickups, offering a variety of great bass tones.

RRP – EUR 699 *

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Fender Mustang Bass PJ MN SSB

Fender Mustang Bass PJ MN SSB

Customer rating:
(8)

Marcus Miller M2 TBK 2nd Gen

This Marcus Miller M2 TBK 2nd Gen model offers a lot of tonal options and comes with a pair of the Marcus Blue humbucker pickups. These are paired with the Marcus Heritage-3 preamp with frequency control.

The M2 TBK comes with controls for Volume/Tone (dual pot), a pickup blender, treble, middle/middle frequency using a dual pot, bass controls and a passive/active mini switch. There is a huge range of tones on offer here from the extensive pickup switching and tone shaping options.

Marcus Miller M2 TBK 2nd Gen

Marcus Miller M2 TBK 2nd Gen

Construction

The mahogany body is paired with a maple neck that has a C-profile and is fitted with 24 medium-small frets. Overall then, A great buy and a very versatile instrument that is surprisingly affordable.

RRP – EUR 359 *

Marcus Miller M2 TBK 2nd Gen

Marcus Miller M2 TBK 2nd Gen

Customer rating:
(49)

Fender Vintera 50s P Bass

The Fender Vintera 50s P Bass offers classic vintage styling without costing the earth. The Vintera 50s P Bass uses a traditional alder body paired with a maple neck and is available in Dakota Red and Seafoam Green finishes.

 

Fender Vintera 50s Precision Bass

Fender Vintera 50s Precision Bass

Vintage

If you are looking for a classic vintage style P-Bass then this could well be one to check out. The American vintage bridge with 4 brass saddles, an aluminium pickguard and a 7.25″ fretboard with 20 vintage-style frets all harken back to Leo Fender’s famous Precision Bass of the 1950s. It’s often said that a P-Bass can cover most musical styles and situations, and that’s certainly true of the Vintera 50s P Bass.

RRP – EUR 1129.00 *

Fender Vintera 50s P Bass MN DR

Fender Vintera 50s P Bass MN DR

Customer rating:
(5)
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Charvel Pro-Mod SD Bass

The Charvel Pro-Mod SD Bass offers a far more modern take on the classic Fender design. Offering an alder body with a caramelised maple neck fitted with 20 jumbo frets and a Graph Tech TUSQ XL nut. You’ll also find a heel-mounted truss rod adjustment wheel.

Charvel Pro-Mod SD Bass IV PJ MB

Speed Neck

Speed Neck

The Pro-Mod SD Bass features Charvel’s Speed neck with rolled fingerboard edges and a hand-applied matte urethane lacquer finish that feels super smooth. Pickups are set of DiMarzio Model J DP123 single coil (bridge) and DiMarzio Model P DP122 split coil (neck).

These are paired with a handy 3-Band EQ when in active mode; this is activated by a volume control with a push/pull function for the active/passive mode

Need even more low-end? Then why not take a look at the 5-string SD Bass V version?

RRP – EUR 979 *

Charvel Pro-Mod SD Bass IV PJ MB

Charvel Pro-Mod SD Bass IV PJ MB

Customer rating:
(2)
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  • Great Value the Harley Benton JB-75MN: Thomann
  • Fender Mustang Bass: Thomann
  • Marcus Miller M2 TBK 2nd Gen: Thomann
  • Fender Vintera 50s Precision Bass: Talk Bass/Fender
  • Speed Neck: Charvel
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4 responses to “Best Value Bass Guitars – 4 string, 5 string, short and long scale!”

    Donald Randolph says:
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    I ordered and received the Harley Benton MV-4PJ Gotoh BM. This bass is fantastic, I usually modify my budget basses but this bass came with premium components, gorgeous purple 💜 finish on Alder wood body with matching headstock, roasted maple neck with Indian Laurel fretboard/ Pearl block inlays – bonded on the side, brass saddles on the standard bridge, and the Rockwell split and single coil pickups provide a wide range of tonal capabilites, for this bass to be priced at $199 is mind-blowing, the Squier bass Classic Vibe edition or Anniversary edition are twice this price and definitely not as good, they use a poplar or agathis wood body, and they’re hardware is dubious at best, Harley Benton is the winner, this is my second bass, I bought one a couple years ago, but their new line is worth a honorable mention!

    Kenneth Mason says:
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    Hey, good afternoon guys. I currently have five basses : Yamaha, ESP B-104 & an IbanezSR500. The other a Schecter and the other just slips my mind for the moment, my favorites are the ESP & the Ibanez SR500. I’ve been thinking about checking out another bass to add to my collection.

    KEVIN Arthur Hyer says:
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    I can’t believe a Squire wasn’t in the bunch. Fantastic for their price.

    Harvey Robinson says:
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    awesome instrument, the fender is my favorite.

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