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10 Best Bass Guitars

Introduction of Bass Guitars

We’re back in the bass guitars department today, looking for the 10 best bass guitars For many, new products just don’t cut it like a vintage model, but the outlay for a high-end boutique or true vintage model is simply out of the question for some. There are a number of well-manufactured models which make for awesome instruments, be that the first bass guitar for a learner, or an upgrade for a long-practiced bassist.

Today, we’ve mustered up some of the better newbies to review without bias. As ever, we’ve provided a buyer’s guide to talk you through the factors most relevant to you

The Best Bass Guitars Below

1. Fender Standard Precision Bass Guitars

Fender Standard Precision

  • Good range of tones.
  • Easy to use.
  • Good value for money.
  • Solid Mahogany Body.
  • Five-Piece Maple/Mahogany Neck.
  • Humbucking.
  • Vintage-inspired model.
  • Ceramic Humbucker.
  • Durable build.

First up we have a simplistic Squier by Fender. It is a shortened scale solid-bodied alder guitar with an appealingly low price which makes for an ideal.

That said with a decent set of strings and a complementary amp this thing could be just the trick for those who are more practiced at their art. It really doesn’t disappoint.

It has a comfortable fingerboard and easy-to-play c-shaped neck, it is put together commendably and seems pretty durable though the knobs could be problematic after a lot of use.

There isn’t too much to say if you know your basses well, this is really a basic option. It has a hard-tail bridge and a standard single-coil Fender Jazz bridge pick-up which gives it bright Fender tones. The Jazz pickup is coupled with a traditional split single-coil Fender Precision pickup.

The dials are simple, one for tone and one for volume which makes it easy to use (especially for newbies) and it has a good range of sounds without any amp EQ settings applied.

Pros:+ Good range of tones.+ Easy to use.+ Good value for money.

James Jamerson sound – James Jamerson is such an iconic bass player, and he was the driving force of so many Motown hits. His sound is a combination of a few things, not least of all his natural talent. Here are a few things that might get you closer; use heavy flat-wound strings on a P-bass, pluck with one finger between the pickup and neck, and add a piece of foam sponge under the strings right at the bridge.

2. Yamaha TRBX504 TBN Bass Guitars

Yamaha TRBX504 TBN

Now over to another leading industry giant for a look at a 500 series model which is precision-engineered to perfection. Yamahas’ prime objective with the 500 series is literally tone which is why extra measures have been put in place with the design and craftsmanship and it is made from premium tonewoods.

It features a solid mahogany body, it has good weight and balance between its neck and body and sits pretty comfortably on the shoulder. It has a typical Strat-like shape with a slim profile slickly contoured cut-outs and ergonomic angling top and bottom conducive to a comfier arm position.

The fingerboard is easy to glide over the action is good but needs some adjustment right out of the box. The pickup is humbucking, with active-passive electronics giving it a grittier analog depth and beefing up the lower E monstrously.

The black nickel tuning hardware is good quality and keeps the tension suitably taut.

Pros:+ Solid Mahogany Body.+ Five-Piece Maple/Mahogany Neck.+ Humbucking.

Why We Liked It – The 500 series introduces some premium solid-bodied options which benefit from great engineering guided by a backup of decades of research and experience. We like the weight and smoother angles, and we love the dirty humbucking pick-up.

3. Sterling by Music Man StingRay

Sterling by Music Man StingRay

Next, we have the Sterling by Music Man version of the Ernie Ball Music Man’s iconic StingRay which presents another solid-bodied option with looks inspired by vintage pieces. It is a stunning bass guitar with a range of retro finishes each with a complimentary pick-guard.

The body is accurately machine-cut from carefully chosen basswood. The bolt-on neck is very strong and features 6 bolts. It is made from maple and sports a strong hardwood (Jatoba) fret-board to accommodate faster fingering.

The pick-up is a custom ceramic double-coil Humbucker style pickup with active electronics that capture your signal and send it to a custom-designed 9v active pre-amp.

The head-stock helps keep the neck well-balanced and features its tuning key in a 3.1 layout which allows each string to lie pulled across the nut straight without bending off to an angle.

Pros:+ Vintage inspired model.+ Ceramic Humbucker.+ Durable build.

Too many strings – A bass doesn’t need to have any more than four strings; that’s it. Now, that doesn’t mean five or six-string basses are bad but don’t buy one if you don’t need it. It’s kind of like buying an 88-key stage piano just to program drums in your DAW; it’s not necessary. If you are a virtuoso who needs an extended range for soloing, go for it. Otherwise, stick to four strings.

4. Ibanez GSRM20BS Mikro Bass Guitars

Ibanez GSRM20BS Mikro

If you are looking specifically for a smaller model then a good go-to is the Ibanez Mikro series bass guitars. They are essentially aimed at providing the best shortened-scale models whilst ensuring that they don’t lose their meaty sound with their smaller statures.

This cheap bass guitar has a 28.6” scale neck with a very slim profile to give a comfortable hold and allow for speedy hand movement.

It is equipped with a typical P&J pick-up setup each are Dynamix brand which paired together help give a fat popping sound that packs a punch.

The bridge is a B10 bridge that kicks its sustain-up gear, it has durable hardware, and keeps good intonation.

Pros:+ Shortened scale.+ Lightweight.+ Fat tones.

5. Dean Custom Zone Bass Guitars

Dean Custom Zone

Next up we have something a bit different and not just because of its nuclear green or fluorescent pink color choices, which are certainly eye-catching. The Dean Custom Zone is full of interesting models that are changing bass guitar manufacturing methods.

The solid alder body is once again that familiar budget curvy double-cutaway shape reminiscent of a devilish Strat. It has a good natural tone which is well picked up by its single-coil split Piezo. It is actually a passive DMT-designed, precision-style bass pickup.

Whilst the single option doesn’t allow for as much pre-amp wiggle room with regards to defining your tone it does manage bright slaps and a mellower Motown-ready tone, though we think it’s best for rock and heavier genres.

It features a strong bolt-on maple neck with 20 frets up for offer the head-stock has a unique bat-wing design that compliments its outlandish color choice and it sports strong sealed die-cast tuners.

The frets are black, with heavy blockwork so you have no excuse for hitting a bum note.

Pros:+ Well-manufactured.+ Good balance.+ Head-turner.

Why We Liked It – It is really comfortable to hold the neck is smooth, it has a good range of tones for a single-P option and we think it is great for beginners and pros alike, a good set of amp effects or a set of pedals can really open it up.



Another Ibanez we have chosen to review today is the GSR200BL from their Gio series, it is another low-priced option that won’t fail to impress.

The model we have chosen is a left-handed bass guitar, but they obviously make a right-handed one as well. it’s well-manufactured with a rounded solid mahogany body.

A strong maple neck with easy action, The head-stock has a 2:2 tuning machine layout to keep fair tension.

It sports a B10 bridge which gives a string spacing of 19mm and allows them to ring providing better sustain. The pickups installed are both passive, it has one Dynamix J-style bridge pickup and one Dynamix P neck pickup on board.

They are assisted by Ibanez’s Phat II Equalization providing more scope as far as tonality is concerned.

Pros:+ Left-handed option.+ Premium tonewood.+ Phat II EQ.

7. Yamaha Billy Sheehan Signature Attitude 3

Yamaha Billy Sheehan Signature Attitude 3

Another Yamaha which caught our attention is one from their signature series, the Billy Sheehan-inspired Attitude 3 which has seen a recent upgrade and benefits from Yamaha’s A.R.E. and I.R.A. Processes.

is a full-scale (34”) solid mahogany bass guitar, that sports a spline-jointed body to amplify its natural resonance?

It has a fresh Will Power pickup designed on the backs of DiMarzio and Sheehan himself.  joined by a Yamaha custom woofer pickup, to replicate a fuel-filled signature tone. It has a wider magnetic field and gives more punch per pluck.

The dials and switches give users good control over their sound, with a high-cut switch and boosted lows allowing for a variety of tonal qualities to play with. It features stereo output jacks to enable separate front and rear pickup outputs in addition to your typical mono line.

Pros:+ One of Yamaha’s signature series models.+ Custom pickups.+ Stereo output jacks.+ Additional tonality control.+ Spline jointed body.

Why We Liked It – It is a well-designed great-sounding bass guitar it plays with a range of sounds suitable for a variety of vibes we low its low growl.

8. Ibanez GSR206BWNF Bass Guitars

Ibanez GSR206BWNF

Now for a 6-string version of the GSR, we have already nosed at. The 206BWNF is an option for seasoned bassists who like a little more range to play with.

It has a solid mahogany body with a good weight. The GSR series doesn’t feature the angled armrests and has a wider more rounded body shape. The neck is maple, it has good balance, and is pretty comfortable. It has nice low action straight out of the box and plays easily.

It is equipped with a DXH-6N neck and DXH-6B bridge pickups which give it a much beefier tone overall. The low strings are fat and the high strings are crisp and punchy.

The heavy-duty tuning machines keep great intonation once your strings have had time to settle in.

Pros:+ Well-manufactured.+ Great pick-up selection.+ Fat punchy sound.


9. Yamaha TRBX305 BL TRBX-305 Bass Guitars

. Yamaha TRBX305 BL TRBX-305

Before we start to draw things to a close we have another TRBX model from the 300 series, to cater to those of you who simply can’t jam without a low B.

It is a reasonably priced 5-string bass guitar which is full size. It has a scale length of 34” and features 24 frets. The fingerboard is rosewood with a 23.6” radius easier for a more experienced player. It is beautifully machined from good quality solid mahogany and as with the original TRB series, it features that familiar double-cutaway shape.

The 300 series features YGD-designed M3 pickups that harbor oversized pole pieces and utilize ceramic magnets for clarity. This gives the production a better definition and depth.

The series also benefits from Yamaha’s exclusive Performance EQ active circuit with five full spectrum EQ curves which give optimal control via 2-band master EQ.

Pros:+ 5-strings.+ Optimized 2-band EQ.+ Ceramic magnets.

Why We Liked It – It is a beautiful 5-string option that presents good value for money and it retails with a stand gig-band tuner and other accessories for the price of a standard entry-level bass.

10. Traveler Guitar 4 String TB-4 P-Bass

Traveler Guitar 4 String TB-4 P-Bass

The TB-4P 32” scale stole itself a spot in our travel guitar reviews late last year for its innovative in-body tuning system which eliminates the need for a head-stock entirely.

The relocation allows it to be 25% shorter than your average full-size bass guitar at just 37-inches long. Whilst keeping the same amount of frets and scale. It has active electronics including volume & tone controls.

It also features a headphone amp to practice silently with 4 channels to choose from; clean, boost, overdrive, and distortion. There is also an auxiliary in for hooking up an mp3 player to jam along to.

Pros:+ In-body tuning.+ Compact option.+ Seymour Duncan pickup.

Fretted or fretless – Many people get into bass hoping to sound like Jaco Pastorious. Much of his signature sound came from his iconic fretless Fender Jazz bass and its smooth, warm tone. If you are a beginner, a fretless bass will make it much harder to find the right notes. Stick with a fretted bass until your fundamentals are rock solid.


What is the Classic Vibe Jazz Bass?

The Classic Vibe Jazz Bass is based on those original ‘60s models, and Fender’s entry-level brand Squier will give you. Some uncannily vintage tones, and plenty of change from 500 bucks.

What is the BB435?

The BB435 is an absolute hoot to play, live, and

What are the drawbacks?

Some say it can be a little imbalanced, and prone to neck tilt.

What is the Sound of Bird?

This Epiphone reproduction of the Gibson Bird ($2,299) hits all the right notes, stylistically and tonally.

What is the best way to play the guitar?

But for rock and roll, blues, punk, filling the pocket full of eighth notes there’s nothing better.

What are the best bass models?

We’ve included basses from the likes of Fender, Music Man, Yamaha, etc.

What is the American Ultra Precision Bass?

The next generation of Fender’s American-built Precision, the Fender American Ultra Precision Bass, is frankly stunning.

What are the benefits of a new Modern D profile?

The new Modern D profile feels pretty incredible, complementing a newly contoured body for a truly unforgettable playing experience.


Some of us are never going to own the real deal when it comes to a custom vintage model or modern boutique bass. There are however as you will hopefully have seen from today’s reviews, plenty of options out there that don’t suck. We have tried to select a few choices within different affordable ranges that highlight the general capabilities of decent bass guitars in that region.



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