Best bass for under $700 - 5 string, vintage sound
Hey guys! New guy here...
I'm primarily a guitar player and just started playing bass. Been playing guitar professionally for 10+ years, but I want to know what a great buy might be for a 5-string bass under $700...or even under $1,000...
I LOVE a vintage P-bass sound...I would just save up and buy a vintage P bass, but I need a 5-string...
As far as guitar goes, I've always been a fan of putting vintage style, lower output pickups in all of my guitars, like Lindy Fralins or Lollars. I don't know if those brands ring any bells on here, but I even thought about buying a cheaper bass and putting in some vintage style pickups...or just some GREAT pickups that you guys might suggest that would give a nice round tone.
I was also thinking about getting a Fender Jazz V. That's scenario 2. Any other ideas?
My rig will consist of:
Thanks so much for your thoughts/opinions!
Sweet. I might go that route only if I want to buy new electronics, including pickups. I'd probably put some handmade Lollar Jazz pickups and probably still have an instrument that sounds better than most of Fender's middle-end stuff.
Any other ideas? Thanks!
I literally just days ago bought a 5 string American P bass from a fellow TalkBass member. It should arrive at my door around Wednesday or so. It was $875. It is in great shape (based on his pics). And based on his positive feedback I see no reason to doubt him.
The point is, if you contribute $20 to TalkBass, you will gain access to the classified section and probably be able to score what you are looking for. Two others sold or traded for around the same price range in that same week.
If you dig a P bass, and need a 5 string, it seems like a 5 string P bass is the way to go. Used they can be had for under a grand all day long.
Not to mention, going through the gear you already have, a rubber band hooked to a washtub will sound pretty good already! So you are more than halfway there.
Welcome to TalkBass by the way! There is a metric TON of info here. You will gain all kinds of new perspectives about the bass world.
If you like the vintage P sound then the Squier vintage modified P V would make an excellent modifications bed, or a Jazz V if you want that sound.
Sweet! These are great answers. I have one more question (or two)...
I have played some vintage basses lately and have been BLOWN away by the feel of those vintage necks. The thickness and feel is really what made me want to PLAY bass in the first place recently. I wonder if there are some custom part companies like Warmoth that offer a nice & thick neck. Either way, maybe a 5 string has a thicker neck already? I just want that FEEL.
Maybe I can part out this bass. Buy a nice neck (rosewood or maple?), some Lollar/Fralin pickups, and a body/electronics. Thoughts?
Again, I would just save up for a vintage neck, but I need a 5-string for my needs. Not sure what to try out for that vintage feel on the neck. I'll keep researching
If I get a bass and really like it, I will take some sandpaper to the back of the neck and then tung oil finish it. It feels as if there is no finish at all on the neck. Sleek, fast, and not sticky (like gloss is to me). So, find the bass you love first, and then see if the neck can be made to feel the way you want it to.
By the way, here's a link to the one I bought last week.
Haha, yes I've bought sandpaper for that exact reason on some of my guitars! It just makes sense, at least on the instruments I can afford to do it on. That's a very nice looking P-Bass. I know for sure that I like P basses, but I also like the warmth of a Jazz Bass it seems. I'll hopefully get a chance to try a few out this week...
I should add that it's strung up with TI flats that I'm selling with it.
Great! Email me at email@example.com if you want to send me a picture or two. Otherwise I'll be in the classifieds in a day or two
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