Squier deluxe active jazz v or SUB ray5?
Decided I'm going with a five string. Anybody care to weigh in on the pro and cons of these two or which one you would go with? Is one the flat out winner or is it a close call?
Please don't use the "apples and oranges" "apples and carrots" or "apples and Lincoln continentals" analogy. I understand they are different basses and will sound different but what about build quality? Low B sound? General playability?
Thanks so much for your help!
Bump...would like to hear some feedback on this myself.
Aside from obvious pickup differences the squier will be wider at the nut and have wider string spacing.
I haven't played the ray. The active deluxe was my first 5 string and I found the wide neck difficult. It's 2 inches at the nut. I think the ray is around 1.8. Doesn't seem like much but made a big difference to me. YMMV.
I tried both of these instruments out before buying but went with the Squier. The deciding factor for me was the neck profile, which fit my fretting hand perfectly, followed by the sound and electronics. It's built for Fender at Cort's plant in Indonesia, and the quality leaves little to be desired. It's also a good platform for customizing, if you're into that kind of thing. I'm generally not.
The only misgiving I had/have is the sheer weight of the thing...after four sets, you may feel the same as I do. A padded Neotech strap makes it bearable though.
Not apples, nor oranges...just my opinion. ;)
I think you need to play them.
I never played a sub stingray, so I can't say much about that, but I owned a Squier active 5 for a while, and played lots of gigs with it. I believe that was the most bang I ever got for my buck out of a bass. It sounded amazing, and it felt amazing... but, and this is a big BUT, I highly recommend you try before buying. It's big, it's heavy, and it has wide string spacing. I liked the spacing, but I lent the bass out a couple of times and not everyone agreed.
I'm certain the MM sub is top notch too, but I'd rather have the real thing regarding that. And I do. :)
I've never played the SUB Ray5, but I own the Squier Active Deluxe 5. To me, the neck is awesome! It feels great, but is wide at 19mm spacing. I like wide spacing, so this was a definite plus. Previous poster mentioned the weight, but to me this bass is a feather compared to the 6 strings I own. Very comfortable on a gig with a decent strap. I play it exclusively with the slap toggle switch engaged, which scoops a bit, but then boost the onboard midrange. B string is pretty good, especially if you favor the bridge pickup a little. Single coils will hum if neck or bridge pickup is soloed, but is relatively quiet if blended just a little to neck or bridge, and of course dead quiet at center detent. It does have the infamous Fender dead spot on the G string at the 4th/5th fret unfortunately. Mine is currently strung with Ken Smith SS Bass Burners, which seem to accentuate this. :( Beyond that though, I'd say highly recommended!
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