Originally Posted by russpurdy
So after being ragged on about not liking having a low B I went out and tried some more 5's. I still don't know if I will like the low B but I'm willing to try it out long term and buy a five string. I played a U.S. G&L M2500 and thought the B string sounded fantastic. Big and loud and well defined. The 1600 is more than I'm willing to spend and I hated the colour so I was thinking about hunting down a tribute model. I was wondering if anyone has tried either the l2500 or m2500 and if you can comment on the low B string. The M2500 would be my first choice but it seems there are a lot more used L2500 around so I might go that route.
So, anyone have a Tribute 5 string out there?
All L2500 ('cause I don't need a three band active only eq, as much as I need two band, active/passive and serial/parallel)...
They're all different tho'
4 are a full step downtuned (A, D, G, C, F) I play'em in my thrash metal band and, by the downtunin', you can get how defined and precise is the lower string
1 is regularly tuned (B, E, A, D, G) and is a present to my brother, who plays R&B/funk and uses Groovester nickels.
This one is the first I got and it's a 2005 MIK Tribute, so the best among mine for fit, finish, materials and sound and tone.
The other 4 are all Indo Tributes so more recent models:
- 3TS with bird's eye maple fingerboard
- natural with IQS green tapered string
- blueburst and completely stock
- natural with carved flamed maple top
These are the basses I challenge each and every pedalboard chain and head/cab combination to test if those accessories can face the brutal downtuned passive/serial attack and the strikin' active/parallel peaks
If somethin' clips... fine... bye bye baby
Bein' Tribbies means that they're bang for your bucks (that's why I got so many) but does not mean they're toys... I tour with two almost identical Squier active deluxe V to not overly think about consequencies