What Are The Top Bass Guitars Under $300 – Reviews and Comparison

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Last Updated 27-Feb-2017. Many experienced bass players will tell you that shopping for a cheap bass guitar is much harder than shopping for a mid or top tier model. In many ways, this is logical. We have already shown you the best of the best when it comes to models you can pick up for less than 200 dollars, so now it’s time to go a step higher. When you push that budget a bit further, and move it to around 300 dollars, the selection of bass guitars you can find becomes a lot more flexible in terms of design and features.

The ones we have found represent a great cross-section of different styles, but all of the bass guitars you are going to see will get you the performance you are looking for. Whether you are a beginner who wants to get something that is on a level above your entry level range, or an experienced bass player looking for a second bass, these bass guitars will be a great fit. With that said, let’s start our rundown and see what we have in store for you today.

Top 6 Best Bass Guitars Under $300:

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Acoustic Guitar
Summary
Rating
Ibanez SR250Ibanez SR250One of the top two go-to models on the market right now.
4.9 Stars
Total of 4.9/5
Gretsch G2220 Junior Jet IIGretsch G2220 Junior Jet IIAwesome and affordable Gretsch that packs a lot of heat and style.
4.9 Stars
Total of 4.9/5
Yamaha TRBX204Yamaha TRBX204True staple of the affordable segment, TRBX204 absolutely dominates with its performance.
4.9 Stars
Total of 4.9/5
Dean E10ADean E10AAn active solution from Dean offering a great value for the money.
4.9 Stars
Total of 4.9/5
Epiphone EB-0Epiphone EB-0A classic style that invokes the old school tone, feel and quality.
4.8 Stars
Total of 4.8/5
RogueRogue VB100 Violin BassAn affordable hollow body that actually works, although rough around the edges.
4.5 Stars
Total of 4.5/5

Ibanez SR250

Ibanez SR250 Electric Bass Guitar

Body&Neck:4.9 Stars
Hardware:4.8 Stars
Electronics:5.0 Stars
Sound:4.9 Stars
Value:5.0 Stars
Average:4.9 Stars

Seeing Ibanez this high on the list should come as no surprise to anyone who has been active in the community for at least a year or so. Ibanez bass guitars are dominating the entry-level and mid-range segments of the market, which is exactly why we wanted to include the SR250. What you get with this model is a perfect combination of build quality, great design, and even better electronics. For a bass that is still considered affordable, Ibanez SR250 really packs a lot of heat. Nato body paired with a great 24 fret maple neck are built for comfort and smooth playing.

Add to that a set of hot active pickups and you have a winning combination. When it comes to sound, this axe is rocking hard. Thanks to its 3 band EQ, you can dial in a variety of tones including that driving growl, or a more muddy, fat tone. This impressive versatility is what really puts the SR250 ahead of the competition. If you are the type of person who wants to get the best bang for the buck, we can’t really find a better bass guitar within this price range that we’d be comfortable recommending. And believe us, there’s a lot of awesome bass guitars on the market at the moment. For more info, check out our list where we name a number of the ones we like the most.


Gretsch G2220 Junior Jet II

Gretsch G2220 Junior Jet II Bass Guitar

Body&Neck:4.8 Stars
Hardware:4.8 Stars
Electronics:4.9 Stars
Sound:4.9 Stars
Value:4.9 Stars
Average:4.9 Stars

Not a lot of people are aware that Gretsch builds a lot more than just high dollar semi-hollow guitars. They also happen to have a pretty impressive line of affordable bass guitars, which bring an interesting blend of that all familiar Gretsch style and reliable performance to those who are on a tighter budget. One model that we want to show you is the G2220. This bass comes with a Les Paul style body, which Gretsch calls Jet and a short scale neck. The pickups are passive, but they are one of the best-performing ones you can find.

Overall, this Gretsch is one impressive bass guitar that punches slightly above its price range. If you are tired of seeing the same old design with a different logo and would like to get something more unique, Gretsch G2220 is one of the few options you have out there. Whether you are a new player or someone with more experience, G2220 should definitely be on your list of potential choices.


Yamaha TRBX204

Yamaha TRBX204 Bass Guitar

Body&Neck:4.8 Stars
Hardware:4.8 Stars
Electronics:4.9 Stars
Sound:4.9 Stars
Value:5.0 Stars
Average:4.9 Stars

We have already shown you one of Yamaha’s affordable models in our article that talks about the top basses in the sub $200 category. Now it’s time to show you one more. The TRBX204 is a part of a very successful series of bass guitars. They are considered to be a safe choice for anyone ranging from beginners to pros. TRBX204 brings a great combination of quality craftsmanship, awesome performance, and great value. This particular model from the TRBX line features a basswood body and a standard maple neck. The electronics come in form of a Jazz setup at the bridge, and one single coil pickup at the neck.

These are active and come with a two-band EQ. Overall, TRBX204 is one of the best playing and best sounding bass guitars in this price range, even though it sits comfortably in its middle. For many bass players, it is the default choice. People have grown the appreciate the build quality and reliability of Yamaha’s bass guitars, and that is exactly what you can expect to see from the TRBX 204. In all honesty, it can stand shoulder to should with some of our top bass picks for the $500 range.


Dean E10A CBK

Dean Guitars E10A CBK 4-String Bass Guitar

Body&Neck:4.9 Stars
Hardware:4.8 Stars
Electronics:4.9 Stars
Sound:4.9 Stars
Value:5.0 Stars
Average:4.9 Stars

Dean’s bass guitars are becoming a hot commodity these days. For the type of money you are expected to pay, you get a whole lot of bang for the buck. There is rarely a model in their lineup that personifies this reputation than the E10A. What’s so special about this particular bass? Well, it is beautiful, built well, and comes packing a set of active pickups. Dean E10A joins the other active models we have mentioned so far as one of the cheapest active bass guitars you can get at the moment.

With that said, the bass is completely black, or at least on of its versions is. The body is rather chunky but comfortable and so is the maple neck. Hardware is solid and keeps everything in check. The tone, which is essentially what matters the most, has that standard active signature to it. Hot output, lots of volume and great definition. When you look at the whole picture, Dean has built one outstanding bass guitar that you can have for a more than reasonable price.


Epiphone EB-0

Epiphone EB-0 Bass Guitar

Body&Neck:4.7 Stars
Hardware:4.8 Stars
Electronics:4.7 Stars
Sound:4.8 Stars
Value:4.8 Stars
Average:4.8 Stars

The fans of vintage Gibson designs are going to be thrilled that Epiphone offers one of the most iconic bass guitar designs of all times. We are talking about the Epiphone EB-0 – a model which has brought back the spirit of a true legend at an affordable price. Compared to previous few bass guitars we have shown you, this Epiphone comes across as simple, but that is exactly where most of its charm comes from. With a timeless EB style body and a fine mahogany neck, EB-0 is both comfortable and easy to play.

Instead of having the standard pickup configuration, this particular model comes with a single humbucker in the bridge position. As you would expect, the tone is pretty different compared to your standard Jazz pickup setup. A bit crude around the edges, Epiphone EB-0 is a great starter bass, but also one that more experienced type of bass player would enjoy playing. If you are looking for something that stands out in more ways than one, this Epiphone fits the bill perfectly.


Rogue VB100 Violin Bass

Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar

Body&Neck:4.9 Stars
Hardware:4.8 Stars
Electronics:4.8 Stars
Sound:4.7 Stars
Value:4.9 Stars
Average:4.8 Stars

Last but not least, we have something truly special. Rogue VB100 Violin Bass is probably the most unique bass guitar in this segment of the market. Violin in its name becomes clear after you take one glance at the VB100. The body style clearly resembles this acoustic instrument, which adds a whole new layer of attractiveness to the whole package. The finish is a tobacco-burst of sorts, much like you can find on high dollar semi-hollow guitars. And there’s a good reason for that.

VB100 sports a European style hollow body, which is why many call it the ‘Beatles bass’. Aside from its unusual design, Rogue VB100 Violin Bass packs two awesome humbuckers which are controlled by dual volume controls and a mini EQ section. In terms of tone, you are looking at one pretty squared away bass. Its hollow body nature definitely shows when you plug it into an amp, but you can still pull off a variety of tones. While it’s probably not the number one choice for a beginner, a more experienced player will probably find this bass guitar to be a welcome challenge.


Conclusion

As you can tell, there’s quite a bit of variety in the $300 segment of the market. We have shown you some great bass guitars that place performance over aesthetics, but we also listed some rather rare types of bass guitars in this price range. Whichever you decide to go for, the performance will definitely be on par with your expectations, if not better.

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