5 String Neck through Body

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by madmarvin, Apr 14, 2014.


  1. madmarvin

    madmarvin

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    I'm considering getting a 5 string neck through body bass. I currently play 3 four strings I really like: Ibanez SR800 (1993), Fender MIJ Power Jazz Bass (1989), Lakland JO (2010).

    I've decided I'm not really a Jazz bass guy, but I do love the neck and playability of the Lakland. I really really like the neck on my SR800 because I have a bum wrist with some carpal tunnel and it seems to act up more on thicker neck basses. I will probably be selling the Lakland bass to fund this.

    What I'm looking for: A five string neck through body bass with a thin neck that does not have a Jazz bass pickup configuration. Top end of the purchase budget is probably around $1000. I would consider more, but at this point I don't know how much I will like or how well my wrist will respond to playing a 5 string and don't want to go higher than that.

    I've looked at the SRX705 and the SR905, I like both of those but I am looking for other options. Thoughts?
  2. StuartV

    StuartV Out of GAS!! Supporting Member

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    Peavey Cirrus (neck thru model, obviously).
  3. snyderz

    snyderz Supporting Member

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    Check out Carvins. Especially used.
  4. awilkie84

    awilkie84 Supporting Member

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    Check out the Spector NS-2000/5, or the NSCR. 2 5 string options that are KILLER basses and can be found for under $1000. :)
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  6. madmarvin

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    Oh also to note: I probably will replace the pickups and preamp (if active)
  7. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

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    Schecter Stiletto 5 - They used to have two neck thru models, of which I have the Elite, which was discontinued (and a good value used). The slightly higher-end (3-band EQ) Stiletto Studio 5 is still in production. The Elite was my first 5 and a really nice bass for the money. Decent neck, great sustain, modern tone. I find the 16.5mm string spacing on the Stiletto 5ers to be a little tight for my right hand, but YMMV.
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  8. madmarvin

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    All suggestions appreciated, very nice!
  9. SlapPopPluck

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    I actually just bought an SRX705 on Friday, I really like it and I haven't had any trouble with it. I'm sorry if this isnt very helpful. I'm not a very experienced bass player and this is only the second bass I have ever owned (my first one was a $100 "junker" that I picked up at a music shop two years ago), but I can try my best to answer any questions you might have about it.
  10. mmbongo

    mmbongo I like turtles. Supporting Member

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    Carvin
    Spector Euro

    Either one is neck through done right.
  11. madmarvin

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    The Carvin custom options are so sweet, I wish I had more of a chance to play one.

    One question on the 705 would be on weight, they look super light. I also wonder how stable the necks are. My main fear with a neck thru is keeping them straight, especially with the weather changes here. 84 today, snow tonight.
  12. OldDirtyBassist

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    I had a neck thru 5 at one point. I decided that it's just not a good idea, with the bass sustain getting out of hand like a gong, and all.
  13. mtdkingstonheir

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    Ibanez BTB 775PB. Very nice - I'm really digging mine. :)
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  15. madmarvin

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    Quick search on the bay has two for under $500. I love the black, and the neck size seems about perfect.

    Thanks again for the help, it will probably be a couple if months before I do anything but I'll update this when I do.
  16. Ric5

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    This one would run a lot more than $1000

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  17. gumbynotpokey

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    Go check out the Carvin website.

    ;)
  18. madmarvin

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    A good friend of mine owns a Ric that I played often, the neck is too thick for my wrist. His was a four. I like Ric's and have used them in a couple recordings, but probably will never own one because of how expensive they are and the fact it could never be an every day player.
  19. Wallace320

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    +1
    Ric's often haunt my (enthusiast bassplayer) nightdreams tho'

    Cheers,
    Wallace
  20. djasterix

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    Look for a used Cort A5 in the classifieds, good sounding and great value bass. Comes with Bart pups and pre...
  21. StuartV

    StuartV Out of GAS!! Supporting Member

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    According to the article discussed here (http://liutaiomottola.com/myth/neckJointSustain.htm), neck through does not sustain better than bolt on. And, possibly, a good bolt on joint actually gives better sustain than neck through.

    Does anybody here think they need better sustain than you'd get from a Sadowsky or Lull or whathaveyou?

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