If you’re looking for an affordable workhorse, you can’t go wrong with Epiphone.
The now Vintage Epiphones were favoured by many a mop-top brit in the 60’s and the New Epiphones became stage staple of the brit-pop scene in the 90’s. Epiphone offer a fantastic range of Acoustics, Electrics, and Basses suitable for beginners to pros, and they won’t cost you the earth.
1966 Epiphone Newport Bass - Cherry
1964 Epiphone Rivoli Bass - Sunburst