Best Electric Bass Guitars in 2020



Ibanez 5 String Bass Guitar, Right Handed, Black (GSR205BK) Review:


I'll preface this with I don't play and am not musical.
My daughter wanted this for her 15th birthday. She loves the colour and the fact that it is a 5 string. She already plays guitar and piano and wanted to give bass a try.
This particular bass was slightly lighter than several other 5 strings she tried (she's a little thing). It is easy to play, sounds great and is easy to work on ie. neck and bridge adjustments, as well as tuning.
We did upgrade to flat wound slinky strings (yeah, don't ask me...I am just writing the review under dictation!)
This bass was a good price and good quality. Super for a novice. She's well pleased and we are too!



Squier by Fender Bronco Bass, Black with Maple Fingerboard Review:


I am very happy with this purchase. As someone who always wanted to learn to play, I finally took the plunge and bought this bass after researching my options on a low budget. While the price is low, this is not "cheap junk", it is a great starter bass.
The tone from this bass is very good, better than I was expecting. I did replace the strings immediately with some "Rotosound Flatwound Jazz Bass 77" strings.
I also adjusted/set-up the bass correctly before getting started. This is a must to get proper sound. This can be done yourself with some basic tools and some research or you can have a professional perform this service.
I would recommend this guitar to anyone who's always wanted to learn, but doesn't have a thousand dollars for that dream Fender American Standard Jazz Bass.



Squier by Fender Bronco Bass, Torino Red with Maple Fingerboard Review:


I am very happy with this purchase. As someone who always wanted to learn to play, I finally took the plunge and bought this bass after researching my options on a low budget. While the price is low, this is not "cheap junk", it is a great starter bass.
The tone from this bass is very good, better than I was expecting. I did replace the strings immediately with some "Rotosound Flatwound Jazz Bass 77" strings.
I also adjusted/set-up the bass correctly before getting started. This is a must to get proper sound. This can be done yourself with some basic tools and some research or you can have a professional perform this service.
I would recommend this guitar to anyone who's always wanted to learn, but doesn't have a thousand dollars for that dream Fender American Standard Jazz Bass.



Squier by Fender Affinity Series Precision Beginnger Electric Bass - PJ - Olympic White Review:


I am very happy with this purchase. As someone who always wanted to learn to play, I finally took the plunge and bought this bass after researching my options on a low budget. While the price is low, this is not "cheap junk", it is a great starter bass.
The tone from this bass is very good, better than I was expecting. I did replace the strings immediately with some "Rotosound Flatwound Jazz Bass 77" strings.
I also adjusted/set-up the bass correctly before getting started. This is a must to get proper sound. This can be done yourself with some basic tools and some research or you can have a professional perform this service.
I would recommend this guitar to anyone who's always wanted to learn, but doesn't have a thousand dollars for that dream Fender American Standard Jazz Bass.



Squier by Fender Affinity Series Precision Beginnger Electric Bass - PJ - Black Review:


I am very happy with this purchase. As someone who always wanted to learn to play, I finally took the plunge and bought this bass after researching my options on a low budget. While the price is low, this is not "cheap junk", it is a great starter bass.
The tone from this bass is very good, better than I was expecting. I did replace the strings immediately with some "Rotosound Flatwound Jazz Bass 77" strings.
I also adjusted/set-up the bass correctly before getting started. This is a must to get proper sound. This can be done yourself with some basic tools and some research or you can have a professional perform this service.
I would recommend this guitar to anyone who's always wanted to learn, but doesn't have a thousand dollars for that dream Fender American Standard Jazz Bass.



Gator Cases Lightweight Polyfoam Guitar Case for Electric Bass Guitars (GL-BASS) Review:


Update: I was about to return my Gator case, sadly because except for size it was exactly what I wanted. I thought maybe I could crush the foam at each end of the case enough to make it fit my guitar. Put the guitar in the case to see how much to squish and the guitar fell right into place. What happened? I put the headstock in first this time. The foam is hollowed out more at that end near the the bottom of the case (at least I think that's what's going on). If I put the bottom neck strap pin in first, in the space hollowed out for it, the headstock does not fit at the other end. Needs another inch or so before it will go in. If I put the headstock end in first, everything lines up better and I have a VERY snug fit. So I'm increasing my stars from 2 to 5 (I'm reviewing the case, NOT the packaging). No longer returning, happy again. Gator also responded to my comment, very important to see that they care. So, your mileage may vary, but this case works for me.

Original review:

Description says it holds a guitar up to 39.5" long, with body length up to 19". My guitar is that size (I measured before buying). Body length dimension is about 1/2" too short and overall length is an inch too short. My guitar doesn't fit even though it matches the the size listed. Guitar is a Schecter Omen 6 extreme. Very disappointed the description is so misleading (or they can't control their sizes, or someone decided to cut costs). Now I need to go through the hassle of returning it and picking out a different case. One reason I chose this case was because dimensions were given in the description. I won't trust Gator again (same dimensions are listed on other sites, so it's not an Amazon fault).

Case seemed to be made well and was just what I wanted: lightweight and sturdy with some storage space inside for pedals, tuner, slides, picks, recorder, etc., and a pocket outside for music books and note sheets. Looks great also. If you have a smaller guitar this might be a perfect choice.

Packaging was bad. It was shipped in a very large box and the tape was not holding the flaps shut by the time it arrived. Case could have easily fallen out of box and it was so loose that case was scuffed up from rubbing against the cardboard box. Why they bothered to put a single piece of crumpled paper in the box I'll never know; maybe there was more that fell out.



Hofner IGNITIONSB Electric Violin Bass Guitar - Rosewood Fingerboard, Sunburst Finish Review:


At this price point, this really is a fantastic bass. It arrived somewhat poorly packaged but with no shipping damage. Instrument was set up properly with level frets and dead-on intonation. Frets are comfortably beveled and without bite or fret sprout. I noted a tiny nick in the finish along the side of the fingerboard where it joins the body. Additionally the E string had slid off the indented bridge insert slightly, something that happens when playing each time, but I never noticed while playing - only when checking the bridge later. An upgraded bridge would go a long way on this instrument. Some remark that the instrument has a cheap feel, but it really is probably due to its light weight, and that's just a characteristic of this hollow-body design. The bass arrived with round-wound strings and I would suggest replacing them with lightweight flatwounds such as the La Bella "Beatle Bass" offerings specifically intended for it. All in all, a quality offering for the price - but not a tank. Be careful with this thing, it's not as sturdy as more modern, solid-body designs.



Glarry Electric Bass Guitar Full Size 4 String Rosewood Basswood Fire Style Exquisite Burning Bass (White) Review:


I have played guitar since 1965 and also bass for much of that time. I wanted a cheap knock-around bass I could take to camps and other outdoor events and said "$63.95, what the heck!" I was very pleasantly surprised.

I ordered the bass late on October 29, and it is not Prime, so shipping was listed as free, but not 2 days. I was told I'd receive it "between Nov. 5 and Nov. 12." I actually received it November 1! Wow. Great shipping.

The bass came packed in a cardboard box with styrofoam reinforcements and arrived in perfect shape. It came with a cheap cable and the Allen wrenches needed for truss rod and and saddle adjustments. The body is a very pretty off-white and the paint is perfect. The bass's body is basswood, and feels a bit light but sustain is good and I'll probably be thankful for the lightness. It does make it a bit neck-heavy though. The bolt-on neck could have used an additional buffing for smoothness, but is certainly no problem to play. Hey, it was less than $65.00. The rosewood fretboard is nice (a little lemon oil brings out the grain) and the frets are smooth with no sharp edges. Nowhere on the outside of the bass is there a serial number or even a country of origin, and there is no brand at all on the Fender-copy head, which I prefer to some hokey off-brand label. I will probably stain the head to give it some color. The tuning machines look substantial and work smoothly. We will see how they last.

The pickguard was protected with plastic film which was a pain to remove around the pots. The pots themselves are smooth to operate, with great gradual change of volume and tone and work quietly (we will see how they last) and the knobs look good but feel a bit light, with less "meat" than a real Fender.

Setup was OK. I'll need to do a little work with the truss rod and saddles to get it perfect, but it's certainly useable right out of the box. Plugged it in and started to play.

The volume is slightly lower than my Washburn at any given amp setting, and the fact that there is only one set of pickups means it's less versatile. That being said, the tone is great. Even set on treble so there is more slap and picking sound, the bottom end is good and strong. It will cut through a mix just fine and, hey, $63.95.

Make no mistake. This is absolutely a beginner's bass. That being said, it is a very good one, and one I'd not feel bad about taking as an emergency fall-back bass on a gig, or to a place where damage was possible. Highly recommend.



Goplus Electric Bass Guitar Full Size 4 String with Strap Guitar Bag Amp Cord (Blue Bass 4 Straps) Review:


Based on the previous review I knew this would take some tweaking to make it play well. Out of the box, the truss rod nut was fully tightened giving the neck some serious back bow, so as a result every note you played had fret buzz. I backed off the truss rod to give it the proper relief using the included allen wrench. The neck also had to be shimmed to achieve the right neck angle. Both of these adjustments took a grand total of about 10 minutes, and now this thing plays better than most $200 basses.

Echoing the previous review, this thing is light as a feather and perfectly balanced... no neck dive on this one. The included accessories are just OK, but really that's to be expected with any "package deal". They will at least get you started with everything that's included.

This bass plays so well, I probably will upgrade the pickup soon, although the stock one is fine, I would just like to hear it with some Seymour Duncan's in it. Definitely a great beginner bass as long as you or someone you know, knows how to do a proper setup, and a good backup bass for those who already have their primary, and are looking for something inexpensive, but not junk.

UPDATE 11/14/16
So I ordered a set of Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound P-Bass pickups https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002GKYZI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1, and took ten minutes to install, and were a perfect fit. This bass is now REALLY good, and for $70 for the stock bass and $60 for a tremendous pick up upgrade, I have a real sleeper of a bass for $130. Really enjoyable to play and went from sounding ok to amazing. Just wanted to report back that the pickguard handles aftermarket pickups well without modification.



Goplus Electric Bass Guitar Full Size 4 String with Strap Guitar Bag Amp Cord (Black Bass 4 Straps) Review:


Based on the previous review I knew this would take some tweaking to make it play well. Out of the box, the truss rod nut was fully tightened giving the neck some serious back bow, so as a result every note you played had fret buzz. I backed off the truss rod to give it the proper relief using the included allen wrench. The neck also had to be shimmed to achieve the right neck angle. Both of these adjustments took a grand total of about 10 minutes, and now this thing plays better than most $200 basses.

Echoing the previous review, this thing is light as a feather and perfectly balanced... no neck dive on this one. The included accessories are just OK, but really that's to be expected with any "package deal". They will at least get you started with everything that's included.

This bass plays so well, I probably will upgrade the pickup soon, although the stock one is fine, I would just like to hear it with some Seymour Duncan's in it. Definitely a great beginner bass as long as you or someone you know, knows how to do a proper setup, and a good backup bass for those who already have their primary, and are looking for something inexpensive, but not junk.

UPDATE 11/14/16
So I ordered a set of Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound P-Bass pickups https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002GKYZI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1, and took ten minutes to install, and were a perfect fit. This bass is now REALLY good, and for $70 for the stock bass and $60 for a tremendous pick up upgrade, I have a real sleeper of a bass for $130. Really enjoyable to play and went from sounding ok to amazing. Just wanted to report back that the pickguard handles aftermarket pickups well without modification.