Best B string under $600
So after much talk about not liking B strings I have ended up needing one in my current band. I tried a few basses with quiet and muddy sounding B's and want the most volume and clarity for under 600 bucks. I understand it won't be perfect but work with me...
600 is pushing it so feel free to recommend cheaper. I played a yamaha bb425x that I really liked and I've played some ibanez soundgears with a useable b. I had a guy offer to trade a 5 string rockbass streamer but I've heard mixed things about those. For the record, I've done searches but need more info!
Here is the criteria:
Even volume on B string
600 (preferably less)
I usually stick with P basses and occasionally a Jazz
Used Lakland 55-01 if you can find one will be at the end of your budget.
I'm assuming that by saying "passive pickups" you actually mean no preamp. Too bad, because I'd suggest a used Ray35 or a new Ray5. If you want passive, consider a Squier VM Jazz V.
Thanks for the suggestion but with shipping I doubt I could afford it. I'd also like to stay away from anything active. I've tried numerous active basses (across all price ranges) and have never gotten along with them. Love the sound other guys can get but for my style and needs passive is the way to go.
How are the SX 5 strings? Can the low B hang with the other strings? I need the bass for 4-5 songs so it won't be my main player. I could stand to go ultra cheap if it will get me by with a decent B. doesn't have to be amazing, just loud and clear enough to not get lost compared to other strings.
Yes, no preamp. Pickup volume(s) and a master tone are all I need.
Here's a pic:
I wouldnt pay 10.00 dollars for a B string much less 600.00...:hiding:
The answer is already lyin' in your question
- alder body
- AlNiCo split with ceramic single pickups
- 1/4 inch more recessed B string saddle to adjust intonation
- stringthru system bridge
- 21 fret rosewood fingerboard with 5 laminate bolt-on neck.
I really think you've got it all
probably a squier 70's reissue jazz. I personally would grab a used Lakland 55-01 as I find a preamp really useful when taming or magnifying that thunderous lowend.
Used Lakland 55-01. The 35" scale really make a difference with the B string, they're well made, and you can get pretty good jazz-bass-like sound out of it.
For a new bass... Yamaha BB425(x)
For a used bass... G&L L-2500
A good B string is more of a setup issue than a bass issue almost 100% of the time.
Setup - I find a flatter neck with less relief makes for a better B string.
Bridge Type - Some bridges do better and some do worse. Schaller is a good bridge.
String Choice - I find a .125 B performs better than a .130 or .135.
Also turn down the bass and turn up the mids to bring out overtones on the B string.
I like what Ric5 says. My 5 is a 96 MIA Jazz- had to glean through several Fenders before hitting a good low B, although again, it may have been more setup-related.
check out a Spector legend classic or custom or NS2000/5
The old import MTDs with the Music Man style humbuckers have great B strings. Squier Affinity J-Bass Vs have great B strings, and used MIA Peavey Millenniums have great B strings, but their prices have started to creep up.
Maybe time to explore different strings?
A used Carvin.
I was very pleased with MTD basses when I played 5 string a few years back. Good focused B. Bought 2 sight unseen and both were great.
an older Ibanez SR885 mij
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