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12 of the Best Basses Under $500

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For many players, price-point is an option when looking to buy a new bass…

That being said, even though you might not be in the market for a high-end bass (right now), you still want quality in look, sound and playability.

Here are 12 basses under $500 worth considering:

Prices subject to change without notice

Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Extreme-4 Bass

The ideal combination of hard-hitting Schecter sound and jaw-dropping aesthetics
$449

 

Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass 77

Returns you to the age of funk and the dawn of punk
$349.00

ESP LTD B-205SM 5-string Electric Bass Guitar

Bright-sounding ash body with a beautiful spalted maple top
$499

Washburn Taurus T24 Neck-Thru Electric Bass Guitar

Crafted using fine tonewoods, advanced construction techniques, and high-quality components
$499

Traveler Guitar TB-4P Electric Bass Travel Guitar

32″ scale electric travel bass with a built-in headphone amplifier
$499.99

Kala Exotic Mahogany Acoustic U-Bass

Meticulously crafted instrument that offers fine tonewoods that produce a surprisingly warm and rich sound
$399.99

Dean Edge 6 6-String Bass

Basswood body, a nicely balanced and comfortable design, a choice of transparent finishes
$489

MTD Kingston CRB 4-String Maple Fingerboard Electric Bass Guitar

Carved basswood body that is light in weight, but heavy in tone
$499

Jackson JS3VQ JS Series Concert 5-String Electric Bass Guitar

Seismic sound, style and affordability
$399.99

Epiphone Viola Bass VS

This veteran from the British invasion is back without the vintage price tag
$379

Steinberger Spirit XT-25 5-String Standard Bass

Features the same distinctive body-shape as the award-winning Steinberger XL Series
$449

Ibanez SR300EB 4-String Electric Bass Guitar

For 25 years the SR has given bass players a modern alternative
$349.99

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