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Your Top-Rated Basses

Whether 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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ESP LTD B-55

"I love this bass, my first 5-string. Love that low B, but also the high frets on the first string sound sweet enough to play bass leads on."

"I love the wide range I get with a low B-string and 24 frets. The two volume controls along with the tone control let me get just the right sound every time, whether it's a deep booming sound or a jazzy snap 'n' pop sound."

"Sounds great considering it has a passive pickup, but they are very good. The bass makes the best of what it has to offer and fits my needs pretty well."

New, $299 or 6 payments of $49.84 | Learn more »

Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV PRO

"The neck was slim-tapered & incredibly fast and the pickups are HOT like its much higher-priced counterpart."
- Mark in Livingston, TX

"The bass sounds exactly how you'd expect a T-Bird to sound, like a rumbling thunder head when you play lows and a lightning crack when you slap and pop."
- Dylan in Mandan, ND

"This bass plays fast and feels like an extension of your body."
- Joesph in Ottawa, IL

New, $549 or 8 payments of $68.63 | Learn more »

Fender Road Worn '50s Precision Bass

"The neck is very comfortable and has a worn-in feel to it. The nitro finish lets the wood resonate more than poly. This bass is very lightweight too."
- Keith in Rialto, CA

"Bass has everything you could ask for in a Precision. Sounds great in a band mix. Get your hands on one and check it out."
- Ann in Rialto, CA

"The sound is exactly what I wanted -- aggressive-sounding when you dig in, and warm and woolly when you roll back the tone. I highly recommend this bass!"
- Jeff in Milwaukee, WI

New, $999.99 or 12 payments of $83.34 | Learn more »

Schecter Stiletto Custom

"I primarily play hard rock and metal and this bass is very good for that. However, it sounds awesome popping and slapping as well. I love this bass and find myself picking it up sometimes over my guitars. That's a first."
- Joe in Litchfield Park, AZ

"Everything from chunky '90s post-punk to soft jazz to slap bass in the face to dad rock to death metal to orchestral, just turn a few knobs and this baby knocks it out of the park."
- Taran

"The moment I picked up a Schecter Stiletto Custom I fell in love with it. The instrument is comfortable to play, very thin neck and fretboard, extremely light and very smooth play."

New, $629 or 8 payments of $78.63 | 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

"This bass produces all the sounds you could possibly want. The 3-band EQ is great. I play every weekend and have had no problems getting the sounds I like."

"The sound on this bass is smooth and equal. Its lows will punch you in the stomach and its highs lead the way into harmonic clarity."

New, $699.99 or 8 payments of $87.50 | Learn more »

Hofner HCT5001 CT Series

"Very Beatle-like sound with flatwounds. Love this bass...light weight, good tone, fast neck."
- Cliff in Oak Grove, MO

"The feel and fit of this bass is phenomenal. I can do complex Beatles bass lines with ease. It works beautifully with muting."

"The sustain block in the body certainly lives up to its name, as this thing has sustain for days. I hit a low E and timed how long it took to fade away at halfway volume on my amp, and it was 5 minutes before it quit."
- Jeffrey

New, $879.99 or 8 payments of $110 | Learn more »

Tobias Toby Deluxe IV

"The fit and finish of the instrument are flawless. Not one scratch, nick, ding, color inconsistency, workmanship issue, etc. It is light and plays effortlessly. It doesn't let you down in the sound arena either."
- Clint in Kalispell, MT

"I've always wanted a Tobias bass but couldn't afford one that would be $2200 or more, and I was always unsure about one that came off the line like this one. After playing it at practice, I was stunned. You just can not go wrong with this bass, it's 110%!"
- Robert in Nashville, TN

"This Tobias bass has been outstanding. Great tone, great style, great feel and easy on the wallet. I'm very pleased with this bass!"
- David in Cuyahoga Falls, OH
New, $269 or 6 payments of $44.84 | Learn more »

Epiphone EB-3

"Killer tone, easy to play...FULL SCALE!"
- Kelly in San Leandro, CA

"Wow you get that deep bass sound of the '60s and '70s. I used this bass at my last gig it did the job and has a nice bass tone. If you play classic rock, this is the bass for it."
- Robert in Saint Johnsbury, VT

"Smooth, clear-sounding bass, quiet controls for both volume and tone. Easy fretting plus has a great finish."
- Robert in Sparks, GA
New, $349 or 6 payments of $58.17 | Learn more »

Ibanez GSR200

"Its sound quality is very good. I was amazed that at this price, it sounds so clear. I can slap it and it sounds good, it has a wide range of sounds to select thanks to the tone knob and the P and J pickups."

"I enjoy jamming and kicking around with this one. I can get it to sound very much like both my Fender basses. Neck is very thin but fast."

"By far the best bass you can purchase for the price. If you are on a budget and need a bass, look no further."

New, $199.99 or 4 payments of $50 | Learn more »

Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass

"The smooth Black on Black finish looks beautiful, I'm almost afraid to play it. Nice sleek design with the traditional Fender shape."

"This bass takes the best of the Precision and Jazz Basses and puts them together to create one AWESOME bass! It is about half the thickness of a normal Jazz Bass and it weighs about half too."

"The fast neck and light weight make it a pleasure to play. But most of all it is a beautiful work of art. Absolutely love it.
- Robert in Binghamton, NY

New, $799.99 or 8 payments of $100 | Learn more »

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