Originally Posted by beyondat
Being that i'm not a guitarist and i've wasted to much money on bass guitars already, will going for something cheaper than a mim like a squire sound horrible? Or could I just swap the pickups and call it a day?
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Squiers are good, and upgrading the pickups on those will make a big difference. Problem is you almost need to change the pickups on squiers to get a good sound. How much do you have to spend?
If you go with a Squier for $150 and plan to upgrade the pickups, by the time your done, you;ll probably spent $250-300 anyways. Might as well just go with a mim to begin with, if you can. Its a better made guitar all around, and the stock pickups sound great as is and dont need
to be changed like the squiers do to get a good sound.
Used MIM's are really not that much more than Squiers, you can probably find one for $250. When you said you wasted money on bass's, sounds like maybe you bought a bunch of cheap ones and none sound good. I've done that too in the past. Best to go with 1 quality guitar that you'll be happy with for a long time, instead of buying a quantity of lesser ones. Even if you have to wait a little longer to save up. Just my 2 cents