Do $100 basses actually work? Find out in this cheap bass shootout. No affiliates, no sponsors, no punches pulled.
0:00 - Do you get what you pay for?
0:48 - How I Reviewed the Basses
1:45 - Tone Battle: Rock
2:14 - Tone Battle: Motown
2:54 - Tone Battle: Pick
3:32 - Tone Battle: Slap
4:45 - Glarry GP
5:39 - Harley Benton PB-20
6:37 - Z ZTDM
7:31 - Polar Aurora
8:42 - Ebay Mystery Bass
9:14 - And the Winner Is… (+Why)
10:33 - Blind “Tone-Off” with Pricier Bass
11:32 - The Reveal: Did You Guess Right?
12:10 - Were They Any Good?
13:05 - Why Not Buy Used?
14:04 - General Buying Tips
Cheap Bass Links
Here are the five cheap basses I reviewed, in order, with some ‘interesting’ highlights from their product pages:
Good source for tech specs, plus more reviews. However, I clearly read this - “Buy a guitar and we will send a rich gift package.” Still waiting on my treasure chest, guys!
Harley Benton PB-20 - https://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_hbp120bk_ebass.htm
You can read a bunch more reviews on this page, which largely reflect my experience with this instrument in the video. Kudos to Harley Benton (and Glarry) for posting detailed specs on an instrument this cheap.
“A perfect instrument for emitting wonderful bass effect” - I read this sentence weeks ago and I still think about it sometimes. My main goal is life is just to emit a wonderful bass effect.
Tired of basses made out of rubber and foam that bend when you’re trying to play? Fear not - “the electric bass guitar is made up of a wooden body, which is characterized by firmness that allows you to play freely.” Revolutionary!
(note: this company has already disappeared since I did these reviews)
Ebay “New Professional” Bass - https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Professional-Golden-4-String-Electric-Bass-Guitar/312807244866
The cheapest of the bunch. According to this page, “To create faultless bass effect, you can not lack a professional bass guitar during guitar performance.” Can’t argue with that! Usually “professional” bass guitars have a brand name though…
Thanks to everyone who helped me pick out these basses!
What do y’all think? Cheapo fan, or brand names all the way?