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5 string p bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by epic576, Jan 17, 2013.


  1. epic576

    epic576

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    Bassists of all genders, I offer you greetings

    As the title may suggest I'm on the hunt for a 5 string precison style bass, with the one split pickup. Do these exist? Make honestly doesn't matter I'd just like it to try out a 5er. New or used isn't an issue, I'm in the UK if that's any help.

    My first post so don't shoot me down in flames

    Cheers

    AJ
     
  2. mystic38

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    they made them (Fender), though i am unclear how the hum cancelling works in that configuration.
     
  3. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass Gnarsty bass tones Supporting Member

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    Fender makes a nice one: the American Standard P-bass 5. This model is passive, and only has the one split pickup.

    Fender's previous P5, now discontinued, is the Deluxe. It had an active preamp and a second pickup toward the bridge, a split humbucker.

    I prefer the Standard, but used Deluxes can be found.

    There are also five string P-basses available from boutique manufacturers: Benavente, Lull, Nordstrand, Sadowsky. But those will cost more than Fender -- in some cases, a LOT more.
     
  4. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much Supporting Member

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    I've just got a 5-string P/J (straight P also available), hand-built, for less than a US Fender.
     
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  6. Moe Monsarrat

    Moe Monsarrat Supporting Member

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    The Fender P 5 is nice. I used to have one. If I get another one it will probably be a Sadowsky.
     
  7. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper Call me Marc or Marky Potatoes. Gold Supporting Member

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    Fender P5 is pretty awesome. Try to see if you can find a used one. They've been around since the latter half of 2008.
     
  8. Bigfoot92

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    Sandberg makes them too, but only with active electronics, and not much more expensive than a fender (edit: actually they cost around the same price as am-standard fenders). And you can choose the options you want (colours, matching headstock, top wood...)

    http://www.sandberg-guitars.de/basscat-overview/calv-series
     
  9. ahc

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    Lakland makes one too... the 55-64 (formerly the Bob Glaub) in Skyline and US made. Nice bass.
     
  10. wrench45us

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    you may also want to check out Yamaha BB425

    it's a P/J configuration, good quality, and about 1/2 the price of American Standard P 5

    there is a higher priced Yamaha in the same range as that Fender
     
  11. KJung

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    Love my 5 string P. I like the idea of a more classic, passive P that happens to have a 5th string. Here is a picture of my Nordstrand 'Nordy' VP5. 8 pounds, and that 70's/80's style gloss poly neck (he also does a more classic alder/rw/nitro build). It is a funk machine! Spendy, but worth it if you have the cash.

    That being said, I've played a couple of the 'New American Standard' Fender 5 string P's (if I have that name right... Fender has a million different models, basically the classic 5 string passive P model with the improved hardware). They both needed serious set-up work (not really a big deal) but sounded great and the basic quality seemed very good.

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  12. epic576

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    Thanks for the replies.. I probably should have said budget, since it may be my first 5 string would there be any budget lower end models, SX Squier etc?
     
  13. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper Call me Marc or Marky Potatoes. Gold Supporting Member

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    If you're looking in the under $400 range, I guess you should find a used Yamaha BB425(X) or BB415. Killer basses (hot pickups), but they are PJ.
     
  14. G On Bass

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    MTD makes the CRB and I've heard good things about it. I had a Fender P5 and it was 'ok', compared to the other 5'ers I've owned. Kinda hit or miss between individual basses.

    If you like 35" scale, I highly recommend the Lakland Skyline series P5's.
     
  15. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much Supporting Member

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    The MTD Kingston CRB is a great bass. Not real bargain basement but I think sub-£500.
     
  16. Rickengeezer

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    I love my Fender American P5, which is funny because when I started playing bass back in the Dark Ages I hated my Fender American P4 (which now would be worth a buttload as "vintage").

    Interesting, but I'm not aware of any budget instruments that are straight P5 setups, and I looked for some before I sprung for the Am Fender. (for example, the Squier P5 is really a J-bass!) The P-neck tends to be pretty wide, so with an extra tuner and a new nut and bridge you might be able to make one out of a budget instrument if you only want the P configuration. But there are a number of budget PJs or Js out there in 5-string.
     
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    Nordstrand's NP5 is hard to beat and Carey is a very cool guy. Highly recommended.
     
  20. awilkie84

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    The Fender P5 is quite nice, but I found it lacking on the B string. A little too floppy for my taste.

    Schecter makes a Diamond P5-Custom that's quite nice. 35" scale, and has a humbucking double jazz in the bridge position, too. I've played one and LOVED it.

    If you're looking for a P sound, you could always look at a used Spector ReBop or legend & swap in an EMG 40P5 pickup, too.

    The hum cancelling works because you still have effectively 2 pickups working as 1. The BEA strings are on 1 & the DG strings are on the other (which is reverse wound to the first).
     
  21. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

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    Were I in the market for one I'd go with a Lull or Valenti

    http://mikelull.com/site/instruments/basses/bass-P4_P5.html

    www.valentibasses.com
     

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