Need a cheap bass for recording

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RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 10516
I have a 2 weeks leave from work coming up and we're not going on hols so I have decided to spend the time getting more familiar with Logic Pro X, my barely used HX Stomp and record some music, just some basic guitar. bass. drums tracks. I will use my elec guitars through HX Stomp or via the cab clone on my Mesa Boogie, use the Drummer function in Logic but need a bass to record through the HX Stomp to complete the tracks.

I love Fender Precision bases but not looking to spend much at all just for a bass that will be used barely at all and sit in my wardrobe for 95% of the time.

What can I get for £100-150 that will give a decent P-Bass type tone for some recording?

I've seen the Squier mini P-Bass is £139 and there Ibanez GR180 is not much more at £159. That's about the limit, not really looking to spend much more than that.

What would you recommend?
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  • LegionreturnsLegionreturns Frets: 7093
    Squier Jag SS is very cheap and versatile for recording 

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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 48644
    Any second hand 'distributor brand' P-Bass copy (Stagg, Westfield etc) for about £75-£100, and some decent strings.

    It's actually quite hard to make a truly bad P-Bass :).

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 10516
    ICBM said:
    Any second hand 'distributor brand' P-Bass copy (Stagg, Westfield etc) for about £75-£100, and some decent strings.

    It's actually quite hard to make a truly bad P-Bass :).
    Ok ta. I'll have on the 'Bay see what's around
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  • duotoneduotone Frets: 455
    Bought one of these last year for messing around with at home with Reaper. Am very happy with it.

    https://www.ibanez.com/usa/products/detail/tmb100_1p_04.html
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 6669
    The Basses £ section is awash with affordable/functional budget bass guitars. 

    The Squier Mini is fun but not really good enough for serious work.

    The Ibanez Soundgear GSR or its Cort Action equivalent would do. 

    Yamaha RBX and Attitude Plus are worth a look.


    Be seeing you.
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 10516
    The Basses £ section is awash with affordable/functional budget bass guitars. 

    The Squier Mini is fun but not really good enough for serious work.

    The Ibanez Soundgear GSR or its Cort Action equivalent would do. 

    Yamaha RBX and Attitude Plus are worth a look.


    I'll have a look.
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 10516
    The Harley Benton P-Bass is £90 form Thomann
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 10126
    The Ibanez Talman basses get a lot of love.

    Used Vintage basses - as a brand they lose a lot of money but the basses compare really well to the better Squiers so there are bargains to be had.   
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 6669
    The Harley Benton P-Bass is £90 form Thomann
    £1 more than the kit version.  :)
    Be seeing you.
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  • prowlaprowla Frets: 3047
    A Westone Thunder is going to be the best bass you'll get for that sort of money.
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  • pintspillerpintspiller Frets: 891
    I've had a HB bass and it was very good considering the price. 
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  • SchnozzSchnozz Frets: 1261
    edited July 8
    I have something perfect that was £400 but it's a J-style at £150
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 10516
    This Cort Action PJ looks like it will do the job at £189, I like the satin walnut body, looks classier than a glossy thick finish. It has that horrible Jazz bass bridge pickup which will be firmly turned off if I do get one!

    https://www.cortguitars.com/product/item.php?ca_id=103040&it_id=182&page=3
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  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 6471
    edited July 9
    If you can find one second hand, the discontinued Indonesian made Squier P Bass Special is very good.  It has a PJ configuration but you don't have to use the bridge pick up.

    Or as @prowla said above, a Westone Thunder.  The Westone's have quite wide necks though, and can be heavy.  If you don't mind that, they may be the best basses you will get in your price range.

    As a guitarist, the 32" scale Westone Concord might be a bit easier to play, so that might be worth a look as well.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 48644

    It has that horrible Jazz bass bridge pickup which will be firmly turned off if I do get one!
    Why buy a bass with a weak-sounding buzz generator that you’ll never use? ;)

    The purpose of the Jazz bridge pickup is to cancel the noise from the real pickup, but when the real pickup is a P-type then it actually adds it...

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

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  • CMW335CMW335 Frets: 893
    Toontrack ezbass? 
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 10516
    edited July 9
    ICBM said:

    It has that horrible Jazz bass bridge pickup which will be firmly turned off if I do get one!
    Why buy a bass with a weak-sounding buzz generator that you’ll never use?

    The purpose of the Jazz bridge pickup is to cancel the noise from the real pickup, but when the real pickup is a P-type then it actually adds it...
    But what If I get an urge to adjust the strap so the bass in under my chin and prance around plink plunking and slapping slightly odd and inappropriate chord voicings with a nasally obnoxious tone from the Jazz bass bridge pickup...like...Jaco Pasteurized? 
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 48644
    RandallFlagg said:

    But what If I get an urge to adjust the strap so the bass in under my chin and prance around plink plunking and slapping slightly odd and inappropriate chord voicings with a nasally obnoxious tone from the Jazz bass bridge pickup...like...Jaco Pasteurized? 
    Ah. Well in that case you need to replace the buzz generator with a Duncan Hot Jazz Stack, those aren't too bad... better-sounding and noise-cancelling.

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

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  • rze99rze99 Frets: 570
    also worth noting that if you have a decent compressor and EQ pedal in your arsenal they work well on basses for solid recording tones too and amp in anox pedals also substitute for a bass amp. 
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  • mbembe Frets: 1271
    ICBM said:

    It has that horrible Jazz bass bridge pickup which will be firmly turned off if I do get one!
    Why buy a bass with a weak-sounding buzz generator that you’ll never use?

    The purpose of the Jazz bridge pickup is to cancel the noise from the real pickup, but when the real pickup is a P-type then it actually adds it...
    But what If I get an urge to adjust the strap so the bass in under my chin and prance around plink plunking and slapping slightly odd and inappropriate chord voicings with a nasally obnoxious tone from the Jazz bass bridge pickup...like...Jaco Pasteurized? 
    Jaco plays plunk plink not plink plunk  :#
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  • prowlaprowla Frets: 3047
    I agree with @crunchman about the weight of the Westone Thunder, but presumably you'd be sitting for recording.

    OTOH, I have a Warwick RB 5-string I assembled from parts available for £250, but that's outside of budget.


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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 6669
    This Cort Action PJ ... has that horrible Jazz bass bridge pickup
    Truth be told, BOTH of those Powersound pickups are horrible. In the longer term, you will probably want to replace the electronics and the bridge.

    This ... https://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/171484/fs-ibanez-gsr200-80#latest ... minus its stock pickups and electronics, plus a serious P-type pickup and two pots would fit the bill. [No affiliation, BTW.] 
    Be seeing you.
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  • ChrisRGChrisRG Frets: 43
    I picked up an Ibanez SR300 from Peach a while back.  It's got a variety of tone options and as it's got a relatively thin, slim neck, it's easy to play as a guitarist.  
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 10516
    This Cort Action PJ ... has that horrible Jazz bass bridge pickup
    Truth be told, BOTH of those Powersound pickups are horrible. In the longer term, you will probably want to replace the electronics and the bridge.

    This ... https://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/171484/fs-ibanez-gsr200-80#latest ... minus its stock pickups and electronics, plus a serious P-type pickup and two pots would fit the bill. [No affiliation, BTW.] 
    I can't be arsed with a 300 mile round trip though
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 6669
    edited July 9
    RandallFlagg said:
    I can't be arsed with a 300 mile round trip
    I know the feeling. I collected some items locally on behalf of somebody. This weekend will be the first opportunity in Wales to travel further than "locally" to meet him half way.
    Be seeing you.
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  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 5480
    The Ibanez sound gear series is great for the money.
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  • kurcatoviumkurcatovium Frets: 1
    I would go second hand P-bass copy (Squier, SX, and alike) and if new is a must then I'd check Harley Bentons offering.
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  • HaychHaych Frets: 1491
    I picked up a Squier Affinity PJ Bass a couple of years ago just for recording.

    They're pretty good right off the peg but I fettled mine a bit, rolled the fingerboard edges and made a few other tweaks.  For the money I really can't complain.  It sounds good to my ears too.

    Still can't play bass for toffee, though.

    You’re right, I’m overweight. And if I wanted to, I could lose the weight. But, Robert, you’re ugly, and I’m afraid there’s nothing that can be done about that. You’ll be ugly until the day you die.

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