|npbassman ||01-09-2014 07:44 PM |
What bass would you buy?
OK let's play a game! You have $1500 to spend on a new 5-string bass. ($2,000 if you really fall in love with something). You play everything from classic rock, disco, 80's hair stuff to what's on the radio today and have used a Modulus Q5 as your go-to bass during 5 years of gigging. That's what feels like home but you're looking for a little more warmth while still retaining that strong, clear low B.
I've been kinda looking at the Carvin SB5000 but what would you buy?
Thanks for reading! Mike
|ubnomnar ||01-09-2014 07:47 PM |
Can't play this game... I'd rather spend $1500 on a used bass... that orginally cost $2500+
|GK Growl ||01-09-2014 07:48 PM |
Can't play this game either. I'm too frugal to spend that much on a bass.
|P. Aaron ||01-09-2014 07:49 PM |
Love my 2010 Fender Precision V. About $1200 at GC new. Cops all of those tones. Nice weight. Decent color choices.
The Q5 Imo is one of the top 5 bangers ever made. If it were me I'd consider trying other strings, flats, and/or changing out the pickups before I'd drop serious money on a new bass.
My '91 Q5 is stock with the EMG's and I've had no problem dialing in the tone I want between the onboard controls and eq on any of my amps. A lot of guys don't like the EMG's but I like 'em just fine.
|C.Linton ||01-09-2014 08:35 PM |
Brand new Fender MIA P-bass.
|thebassguy86 ||01-09-2014 08:41 PM |
Me... I'd buy one of the new USA Deluxe Precision. Lots of tonal variety with the P/J configuration. Active/Passive switch, three-band on-board EQ. Awesome bass, all around.
Edit: My Mistake. You're wanting a V.
|mmbongo ||01-09-2014 08:43 PM |
Lakland 55-02, or a 55-01 and upgrade the electronics.
Or...a Spector. You can get a used USA NS-5 for under $2000 easy, possibly around $1500.
|JSpradBass ||01-09-2014 08:46 PM |
|cv115505 ||01-09-2014 08:51 PM |
I have a number of recommendations... If you like the graphite sound, you could get a Moses neck on a Warmoth 5 string Jazz body with whatever pickups and preamp. G&L M2500 or L2500 is always a solid choice. Musicman Bongo is a solid choice though, if it were me, I'd go with the Stealth line for the ebony fingerboard. Reverend Mercalli 5 is a bit below your price range, but I feel they'd be worth checking out. Lakland Skyline is another noteworthy design for their versatility (5505 or the 5 sting jazz). If you're willing to go used you could always get a used Modulus, US Lakland and many other great designs in that price range.
|BioWeapon ||01-09-2014 08:59 PM |
Never would I ever spend that much on a bass. I'd rather get a cheapie, and customize the hell out of it.
|pudgychef ||01-10-2014 05:41 AM |
those Carvins get a lot of love...
I would be tempted to camp out in the TB classifieds confident I would very quickly find a killer used 5 for $1500..
|MrLenny1 ||01-10-2014 05:48 AM |
Lakland, used. Maybe a decent Fender Jazz. No P-Bass,not versatile enough.
The market is saturated with really good used gear for a fraction of the cost of new.
i.e. My local CL recently had every Eden amp & cab made listed on there all for 1/2 the price of new.
Have fun shopping.
|dalkowski ||01-10-2014 05:50 AM |
Bongo, Carvin or Lakland. USED.
|FourBanger ||01-10-2014 07:20 AM |
I can't pick you bass for you, bro. In your price range everything should be a good bass and it all comes down to taste.
Now if you gave ME the money to buy MYSELF a bass it would be a MM Sterling.
|maxpayneatlarge ||01-10-2014 07:22 AM |
Easy to me, Bongo 5. You'd have to talk the dealer down off their listed price more likely, but I know for a fact they have room to sell for 1500 and still make a nice profit.
|SRFSterling5 ||01-10-2014 07:34 AM |
What bass would you buy?
Brand new Lakland 55-02 as another TB member suggested. Attachment 385749
For 2k you can do a few more upgrades.
|wrench45us ||01-10-2014 07:41 AM |
there was a thread about Lakland custom builds at 34 inch scale and eventually moving them into production. If I was OP I'd look into that.
But for me, I like what Joseph Zon produces. Might be possible to find a used USA Zon in that range.
|UK Philip ||01-10-2014 07:54 AM |
american standard precision.
no need to have anything else since that's what i play. a lot of people are almost pornographic about their tastes but my life is simple.
edit: balls to it, give me 2 MIM for that price and i'll pull the frets out of one of them. then i'll put the $500 in change towards a new amp.
|MyMusic ||01-10-2014 09:06 AM |
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