The 10 Best Electric Bass Guitars

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This wiki has been updated 21 times since it was first published in October of 2017. Bassists rarely get the credit they deserve, so if you want to stand out in your group, you're going to need an instrument that can take you to the next level. The electric guitars on our list offer a wide range of tones and string configurations, allowing you to customize and expand upon your current sound. We've rated them here by their playability, tonal quality, and durability. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Fender American Standard Precision

2. Hofner Ignition Violin

3. Fender Road Worn '60s Jazz

Editor's Notes

February 28, 2019:

Not a lot of noise was made in this category since we last took a look at it. The Fender Standard P-Bass wriggled its way toward the top thanks to the ever-increasing quality of Fender's American manufacturing, which is also why the Mexican-made Player Jazz slipped a few spots. The Hofner Violin made famous by Paul McCartney remains the best bang for your buck, with a very low price point that should please anyone who's into its particular sound. The ESP LTD B-50 got itself a new spalted maple finish, as well, which definitely increases its aesthetic value, even if it does little to change the tonal quality of the instrument.

4. Fender Tony Franklin Fretless

5. Epiphone Thunderbird Natural Pro IV

6. Ibanez SR500 Soundgear

7. Warwick Corvette 5-String

8. ESP LTD Series B-50

9. Fender Player Jazz IV

10. Yamaha TBN 500 Series Premium

Daniel Imperiale
Last updated by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).

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