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All-Star Basses from Fender, Ibanez, Epiphone, Schecter, Hofner and Peavey

All-Star Gear: Bass Guitars

Your Top-Rated Basses

It doesn't matter if you like to slap and pop or chug with a pick, finding the right bass makes all the difference for your playing and the low end of your band's mix. Our All-Star list of basses is packed with player favorites both classic and contemporary, with prices at all levels.

If you're shopping for your first bass or you're considering adding another to your collection, you can't go wrong with these well-reviewed picks. Hear what happy owners have to say and see if your favorites made our list!

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Fender American Standard Precision Bass

"This bass is amazing. The Custom Shop '60s pickups are clean and allow you to cut through the mix with ease. The neck is very comfortable and plays very easy."
- Dan in Dillon, SC

" The resonance and tone is true to Fender USA form and only required my preference adjustments. I am a professional player and my experience was exceptional."
- John in Lewes, DE

"I've owned about 50 bass guitars over the years and I always come back to the Fender USA Standard P Bass. It just has a great sound and endless sustain!!!"
- Ken in Denver, CO
New, $1,349.99 or 12 payments of $112.50 | Learn more »

Schecter Stiletto Custom

"The EMG HZ pickups make this baby sound awesome and the neck is nice and fast. All I had to do was adjust the action and change the strings and she was good to go."
- Sedrick in Chicago, IL

"The Stiletto's tone punches through but doesn't overpower. I primarily play hard rock & metal and this bass is very good for that. However, it sounds awesome popping and slapping as well."
- Joe in Litchfield Park, AZ

"Everything from chunky '90's post-punk to soft jazz to slap bass in tha face to dad rock to death metal to orchestral -- just turn a few knobs and this baby knocks it out of the park."
- Taran
New, $629 or 8 payments of $78.63 | Learn more »

Ibanez SRFF805 Fan Fret

"This is by far one of the best I've played. For the first time I can honestly say I have TOTAL tonal control straight from this bass. The bridge along with the fan frets makes this bass sing!"
- P in Smyrna, GA

"The ergonomic fan-fret design is perfectly natural with no learning curve at all!"
- Daniel in El Dorado, AR

"First of all it looks AWESOME. Next sounds really good. Very clear B string. The EQ is also very nice and does exactly what it is supposed to."
- Daniel in Anniston, AL
New, $999.99 or 12 payments of $83.34 | Learn more »

Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV

"Excellent bass overall, I'd say it's up there with the Gibson T-Bird counterparts, I played them both side by side, and can honestly say the sound and tone of the Epiphone Goth T-Bird is just as good."
- Andy in New York City, NY

"It's an amazing instrument, it looks real cool on stage and I'm really happy that the bass is made out of mahogany wood that gives it a nice deep bass sound."
- Armando in Bronx, NY

"I bought this so I could get Simon Gallup's sound at a good price and it worked! This Bass sounds perfect and looks so striking."
- Tom in Surfside, FL
New, $349 or 6 payments of $58.17 | Learn more »

Ibanez SR506

"This little bass sounds amazing. It's extremely light and has a small body in comparison to what I'm used to playing. Those MK1s bite through ANY mix."
- Rob in Saint Charles, MO

"Great bass, great price. The playability and the sound options with the Bartolini pickups are at a level way above the price point."
- Colin in Monmouth Junction, NJ

"This really is a pro quality bass; nice playability and tone. It's amazing how this $700 bass compares to other basses 7x the cost."
- M in Chattanooga, TN
New, $699.99 or 8 payments of $87.50 | Learn more »

Fender Deluxe Active Jazz V Bass

"I like to play a lot of different styles ranging from funk to hard rock, so I needed something with the versatility to allow me to do so on a tight budget. This bass has definitely won me over in that department."
- Christian in Reseda, CA

"There is nothing like a Fender Jazz. The Deluxe series is such a great choice because it gives all the perks of having a fine, well-built instrument without the worry of PAYING for it!"
- Jonathan in Carrolton, GA

"Sounds great with an overdriven tube amp -- nice and defined."
- Mark in San Angelo, TX
New, $799.99 or 8 payments of $100 | Learn more »

Hofner HCT5001

"It is well-made for the price, the finish is great. it is very lightweight."
- Scott in Accident, MD

"The weight is awesome. Compared to my other bass, this thing is like holding a cloud."
- Jeffrey

"Very Beatle-like sound with flat wounds. Love this bass: lightweight, good tone, fast neck."
- Cliff in Oak Grove, MO
New, $879.99 or 8 payments of $110 | Learn more »

Epiphone EB-3

"Bright highs, fast action -- this was my choice to relearn my bass licks. I recommend it to anyone who wants an easy playing bass; this is awesome!"
- Daniel in Huntsville, AL

"Smooth, clear-sounding bass, quiet controls for both volume and tone. Easy fretting, plus it has a great finish. "
- Robert in Saint Johnsbury, VT "I saw that Epiphone made an EB-3 full scale and I picked it up. Good feel, easy-to-play neck, and unique-sounding pickups."
- Kelly in San Leandro, CA
New, from $299 or 6 payments of $49.84 | Learn more »

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