The cheap bass guitar packages below have been bundled to help you save
money on the essential bass accessories. Amp, strap, cable, tuner,
strings, gig bag... you'd need all these at some point anyway.
There's one problem, however. The bass guitars featured in value packs
have a reputation of being of
generic, poor quality. This
page will highlight those packs that include highly rated bass
guitars, from beginners and more experienced users. The extra
goodies can simply be seen as a cost effective bonus.
Save money, save time, plug in and start playing bass!
Silvertone have been making exceptional beginner guitars for over 3
decades. Even so, you don't tend to hear much of them over the bigger
brand names. This is a value pack all beginner bassists should know
Lightweight, slim and fast neck, strikingly finished. This is
your typical "P Bass copy". I say atypical because it delivers
just the familiar cut of the Fender classic. It holds its own on tone
and feel and consistently exceeds buyers' expectations.
The thumb rest is a functional, albeit simple touch that will help you
position your pick hand correctly and comfortably. It will also
encourage you to use your fingers sometimes rather than reaching for a
plectrum every time! It can, however, be removed if it feels more of an
obstacle than an aid.
Even through one pickup (split coil) there is a surprisingly good range
of tones to be discovered through what limited knob twiddling can be
done on the Revolver. The amp is only 10 watts, which sounds
dissappointing, but it's reliable and it does the job, allowing you to
develop your ear and playing technique at home until you're ready for
something more gig worthy. With a 4 band EQ you can at least dabble
with a certain degree of tone modification.
This is not a bass you'll be eager to get rid of once you're past the
basics either. Pickup and electronics upgrades, string changes, new nut
etc. have breathed new life into the LB11 for players who have
"outgrown" its stock config yet remained in love with its uncomplicated
and ultra playable frame.
Chunky, fat tone with decent high-end articulation. Beginners will
appreciate the slim neck, especially those with smaller hands and/or 6
stringers who are picking up bass for the first time. Note the $99
"deal of the day" featured in this video is for a used LB11, without
the amp and accessories.
Cheap Bass Guitar Pack Under $300
have a strong reputation among bass players, and thankfully their
consistency of quality carries right through to their entry level
offerings. For that unmistakable Ibanez playability and tone, focus
your sights on the...
The bass guitar itself is the GSR190, which has many positive
reviews across the gear sites and forums. A slightly longer scale neck
than the Silvertone at 22 frets, but the body is equally as light and
comfortable to strap on.
The neck is slightly wider than the typical P Bass style which some
larger handed/fingered players may prefer.
Comments, as usual,
on the reliabilty and solid build of Ibanez axes, which is why some
have felt confident enough to gig with the GSR190 and not been let down.
and volume give you more tonal options than the LB11. If you want to
learn slap, this is the beginner bass to do it on. The bright end of
knob gives you enough percussive punch to cut through the mix. The bass
end is smooth and gutsy. In general, the Ibanez pickups offer a more
complex and layered tone than the Silvertone, and is where a lot of the
extra $100 is invested.
This is an especially good bass for
those wanting to play metal and more aggressive styles of music.
The amp, as usual with bass guitar
packs, is not something to take beyond your bedroom sessions, but at 15
watts you wouldn't expect to! It does, however, add to the unbeatable
value for money of this package.
User Demonstration Video
Nice fat finger tone...
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