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Fender FSR Standard J Bass

Electric 4-String Bass Guitar

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Best Budget Bass Guitar

Fender FSR Standard J Bass


If I was on a budget and needed a new bass for recording and playing various styles of music, I would pick up one of the FSR Standard J Basses from Fender. They are always a top seller across multiple online stores, with stellar and glowing reviews to match. You can't go wrong with our pick, but if you have some special needs, like metal, electronic music, or some other style we have a few other options you should check out.


Who Should Buy This Bass

If you play various styles of music, and want something flexible enough to accommodate that variety, the .
We want a reliable bass that stays in tune, has good action, and the ability to work with a variety of music styles. If you primarily play metal, or jazz, you might prefer something a little more specialized. We’ll review some of those options below.

What Makes A Great Budget Electric Bass?

Since this is the budget category, we will limit our choices to the best electric basses under $500, with $300 being the sweet spot.

Ultimately, we want to choose a bass that, should you grow as a player, you can keep as a reliable backup, or pass on to another beginner as you move on to other more advanced or expensive models. The bass should be able to stand the test of time, the wear and tear of years of playing.

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Our Pick

I would love to prattle on about the amazing, exciting features you get when you buy the Fender Bass, but honestly there’s not much to tell.

If you remember, our primary driver of great music gear recommendations is that we want great, reasonably-priced gear that doesn’t break down so you can do what you love – make music.

It’s quite simply a great bass, with a great track record of quality and reliability, with thousands and thousands of happy bassists.

A Great Less Expensive Option

We like the Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass. Several in my circle have used it for demo and full production recordings. It’s also not super exciting, but it is pretty! It does it’s job really well, and at $299.99 you’ll save a couple hundred bucks over our main pick.

If price is an option, definitely grab the Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass.

The Metal Bass Pick

schecter-stiletto-extreme-4-bassWe have a separate metal pick due to the deeper, louder, aggressive music.

Schecter, in my opinion, is one of the best gear deals for the money. If I needed a great metal bass guitar on a budget I’d get the Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Extreme-4.

For a metal pick, we want something with an active preamp. This simply means you can shape your bass guitar tone using a two or three-band EQ located right on the instrument itself. An onboard preamp will give you the extra flexibility you need to dial in a much more aggressive metal sound.

Conclusion

These basses will give you years of playing and great sound – whether you’re recording or playing out live.

Remember, the best value is the one you play often. So find something you like, learn it, use it, and make stuff!

If you want an equally reliable guitar cable, our favorite instrument cable picks are here.

Happy playing!

 


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Best Budget Bass Guitar

Fender FSR Standard J Bass

Best Budget Bass Guitar

Important Specs

Body Ash
Fretboard Rosewood
Pickups Two, Single Coil
Controls Volume/volume/tone
more specs

Synopsis:

If I was on a budget and needed a new bass for recording and playing various styles of music, I would pick up one of the FSR Standard J Basses from Fender. They are always a top seller across multiple online stores, with stellar, glowing reviews to match. You can't go wrong with our pick, but if you have some special needs, like metal, electronic music, or some other style we have a few other options you should check out.

Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass

Great Budget Option

Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass

It can deliver punchy tone for the ultimate funk sound whether you play fingerstyle or slap-n-pop.

Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Extreme-4

The Metal Option

Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Extreme-4

An underrated brand. With two rumbling humbuckers and an active EQ, you'll be able to dial in the perfect metal sound, from classic to extreme. You'll be playing this guitar for years. At under $400 you get an amazing amount of bass for the money.

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Sources

  1. Staff, Musician's Friend, 20141017
    The Best Bass Guitars for Beginners
    “Aim to strike a balance between quality and economy. Price is important, but an instrument with poor sound quality and playability can frustrate you to the point of feeling discouraged.”
Originally published: February 5th, 2015

Important Specs

Body Ash
Fretboard Rosewood
Pickups Two, Single Coil
Controls Volume/volume/tone
more specs



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