If you are willing to spend the big bucks and are looking for the best bass guitars under $1000, chances are you will find waaay too many options and that might end up confusing you or even worse, discouraging you. But not to worry.
While there are thousands of excellent basses that will meet your criteria, we took the horse by the reigns and compiled a list of 5 excellent, unique basses. By any means are these the only 5 basses out there, but this might help you get a foot start on your journey into finding the best bass guitars under $1000.
And away we go!
Fender Deluxe Active Precision Bass
- Body: Alder
- Neck: Maple
- Fretboard: Maple
- Electronics: Dual-Coil Ceramic Noiseless Jazz Bass and Vintage-Style Split Single-Coil Precision Bass
- Finish: Gloss Polyester
Fender’s Deluxe Series is one of their top creations. They combined the best features of the Fender’s Classic basses with active electronics to create a uniquely modern sound. The Fender Deluxe Active Precision Bass is one of the 3 models of this series and is one of the best bass guitars under $1000.
The Fender Deluxe Active Precision Bass is a double-cutaway 4-string electric bass with an alder body, a maple neck, and a maple fingerboard. It features 20 medium jumbo-sized frets and comes in a “C” shape design for improved playability and comfort. You can also replace the maple fingerboard for rosewood.
Hardware-wise, this bass comes with the Fender HiMass bridge with Chrome-Plated Zinc Saddles. This bridge is one of its best features and it helps increase sustain, resonance, and attack definition. Its tuning machines are Standard Open-Gear and provide good tuning stability.
As for sound, the Fender Deluxe Active Precision Bass comes with a Dual-Coil Ceramic Noiseless Jazz Bass pickup for the bridge and a Vintage-Style Split Single-Coil Precision Bass pickup for the neck.
You have major control over this bass’ tone with its bass/treble boost and cut controller, its midrange boost/cut, and the pan pot pickup selector. You can also switch the pickups from active to passive with its toggle switch. All of this gives you a lot of versatility over your sound, which is one of the best features of the Fender Deluxe Active Precision Bass.
This bass is one of Fender’s best bass guitars under $1000 and is one of my top recommendations for someone looking to have a very well-rounded bass with improved versatility and playability.
- Pickups are of the highest quality
- Slim “C” shaped neck for comfort playability
- Great tonal versatility
- Not the best bass for heavier genres
Yamaha BB735A BB-Series Bass Guitar
- Body: Alder/ Maple/ Adler multi-laminated
- Neck: Maple
- Fretboard: Maple
- Electronics: YGD Custom V7 AlnicoV active pickups
- Finish: Dark Coffee Sunburst
Yamaha designed the BB700 Series with the intention of making a strong, durable bass with excellent build-quality and tonal richness. There is a reason why this series is called “The Workhorse”. The Yamaha BB735A BB-Series Bass Guitar is a 5-string guitar with an incredibly versatile sound that can adapt to any and all styles.
This bass guitar has an alder/ maple/ alder multi-laminated body. The hard maple center helps the bass’ midrange to make it cut through the mix. It also has a maple neck and a 6-bolt Miter Neck Joint. This gives the Yamaha BB735A a lot of sturdiness, better resonance, and increased sustain.
As for hardware, the Yamaha BB735A BB-Series Bass Guitar is equipped with the Vintage Plus Bridge, a convertible bridge and saddle that enhances precise tone shaping. You can also set the strings to its tail end, giving them either a softer sound or a brighter tone depending on the angle of the saddles. A lot of organic tonal versatility on this one.
Finally, speaking of sound, the Yamaha BB735A BB-Series Bass Guitar comes with dual YGD Custom V7 Alnico Pickups. These pickups are characterized for having a deep, full-sounding tone that is enhanced by the body’s tonewood. The BB735A has a 3-band EQ, a pickup balancer for combining the V7 pickups, and a master volume. You also have a switch that changes the pickups from active to passive.
The Yamaha BB735A BB-Series Bass Guitar is an excellently made bass guitar that can be used in all circumstances and is guaranteed to provide great sound. This is one of Yamaha’s best bass guitars under $1000
- Very sturdy and durable
- Improved resonance and sustain
- Bridge gives you more tonal choices, making this bass very versatile
- The tone might be a bit too mid-rangey for some people
Ibanez SR805 5-String Electric Bass Guitar
- Body: Okoume with Poplar top
- Neck: Jatoba/Bubinga
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- Electronics: Bartolini BH2 passive neck and bridge pickups (2)
- Finish: Brown Topaz Burst
Ibanez SR series has been around for over 30 years. The idea behind this series was to create modern-sounding basses that could be adapted over time to continuously meet the players’ needs. The Ibanez SR805 is a 5-string electric bass guitar that plays heavy genres incredibly.
The Ibanez SR805 has an Okoume body with a poplar burl top to improve aesthetics. Okoume is a light tonewood that resembles mahogany. It is a warm wood that is very durable and great for bass bodies. It also comes with an SR5 5-piece jatoba/bubinga neck and a 24-fretted rosewood fingerboard.
As for hardware, the Ibanez SR805 comes with the Accu-cast B800 bridge that has adjustable saddles for spacing adjustments. This provides the player to have the bass adapt to his hands, which is a great plus. The saddles can be adjusted 1.5mm closer or further.
In terms of sound, this bass comes with dual Bartolini BH2 passive pickups, which deliver a tight bottom-end and a very punchy mid-range. This makes this bass ideal for heavier genres.
The thing I liked most about this bass is its 3-band custom EQ that helps you tone your bass, mid, and high frequencies and shape your tone in many different ways. The great thing about it is that the mid-range controller has specific set frequencies to manipulate at 250Hz, 450Hz, and 700Hz. This will give you not only more control but a better understanding of how these frequencies affect the tone of your bass.
The Ibanez SR805 is an excellent guitar with great response, great playability and a lot of versatility without losing its main genre, rock.
- Custom EQ controls give you tonal precision
- Ergonomic scale can provide extra comfort
- An excellent rock and metal bass guitar
- Bass is naturally a bit too mid-rangey, not best suited for soft genres
Sterling By MusicMan RAY34HH 4 String Bass Guitar
- Body: Mahogany
- Neck: Roasted Hard Maple
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- Electronics: Dual HH-Alnico Humbucker Pickups
- Finish: Stealth Black
Sterling by MusicMan designed the StingRay Series back in the 70s and became an iconic line of basses. These basses were uses to record Rod Hot Chilli Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Rage Against The Machine’s self-titled album. The Ray34HH was released in 2019 and is an improved model of the Ray34.
To start off, the main improvement to this bass is a new roasted hard maple neck that improves the overall sound and gives it a very nice look. Its body is mahogany and the fretboard is a 21 medium-sized frets rosewood one. It comes in three different finishes which are very aesthetic (Stealth Black, Daphne Blue, and Pearl White)
Hardware-wise, the Sterling By MusicMan RAY34HH comes with Sterling’s own Designed Bridge and open-geared tuning machines. These two provide great tuning stability and a lot of natural sustain which enhances the bass’ overall sound.
Speaking of sound, this bass is equipped with dual HH-Alnico Humbucker Pickups. These pickups have a huge sound that accentuates a punchy low-end, a very present mid-range and very bright highs. The thing I like most about this bass is that is sound is very unique and no other line of basses could replicate it.
It also has a lot of tonal versatility thanks to its 3-band Active Preamp and 5-way toggle switch. This allows you to combine both HH-Alnico Humbuckers in many different ways and then use the 3-band Active Preamp to shape your tone.
The Sterling By MusicMan RAY34HH is an excellent bass that has a very fat sound that will be perfect for funk, rock, and heavier genres of music. One of my top choices.
- Great unique sound
- Roasted maple neck enhances its tone
- A very versatile bass for funk, rock and metal genres
- Sound is not particularly suited for soft genres
AMAZON: Sterling By MusicMan RAY34HH
Fender Aerodyne Jazz Electric Bass Guitar
- Body: Basswood
- Neck: Maple
- Fretboard: Stained Rosewood
- Electronics: Bridge Single-Coil Jazz Bass and Neck Standard Split Single-Coil Precision Bass
- Finish: Urethane All-Black
Our last pick on this Best Bass Guitars Under $1000 is the Fender Aerodyne Jazz Electric Bass Guitar. This bass is part of the acclaimed Jazz Bass series and is characterized for having a very full sound with a darkly alluring vibe to it.
The Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass has a slim basswood body with special shaping contours to fit the player. This is one of its best characteristics, making it a lightweight yet durable bass that is very smooth to play.
Its “C” profiled maple neck and you get a bass with excellent playability. To this, Fender added a 20-fretted stained rosewood fingerboard with medium jumbo spacing to ensure even more comfort.
Hardware-wise, the Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass comes with a 4-saddle standard bridge and standard open-geared tuning machines that provide excellent tuning stability and improved natural resonance. All of the hardware has a smoked chrome finish which gives this bass elegance and style.
As for sound, this bass comes with the Standard Single-Coil Jazz Bass pickup for the bridge and the Standard Split Single-Coil Precision Bass pickup for the neck. This configuration is more commonly known as the “P/J” pickup configuration and provides a warm, full sound that is perfect for smooth styles and more obviously, jazz.
The Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass is our top pick for jazz genres. However, the versatility it holds makes it an excellent choice for anyone looking to get a great-sounding bass with its own personality that is also capable of matching any musical style.
- Best jazz bass guitar on this list
- Slim body makes it lightweight and easy to handle
- Beautiful finish
- Sound is not particularly suited for heavier genres
After a thorough review of each of these 5 basses, I have to say that they are all excellent. Their build quality is on point and each of them has their own quirks that make them unique. I really like that all these basses are also really versatile and any of them could do a proper job in any style and any playing situation.
However, only one bass can be the winner of this Best Bass Guitars Under $1000 list. And that winner is the Sterling By MusicMan RAY34HH.
Its tone is just incredible and is very unique without being able to only fit in a certain style. It has a lot of tonal options and it has very beautiful finishes that will surely convince you to at least try this bass. A fantastic choice for any player looking to make a proper investment in their musical future.
I will give a quick shoutout to the Fender Deluxe Active Precision Bass since they are always of excellent quality and is probably the most versatile bass on this list.
Keep on rockin’!