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About to pull the trigger on my first five string

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by logans59, Dec 4, 2012.


  1. logans59

    logans59

    Jul 1, 2012
    Kennesaw, GA
    So I've been wanting to try a five string for a while and decided this Christmas it is time. I play at my church and think those extra 5 notes would be nice for some worship songs.I've tried the Squier VM Jazz 5, ESP-LTD B-205SM, ESP-LTD D-5, and the Ibanez SR305. Of these my favorite by far was the B-205SM. Are there any other basses I should really try before I purchase this one? Trying to keep it around $400, open to used as long as I can at least play the same model in a store somewhere first.
     
  2. jlepre

    jlepre

    Nov 12, 2007
    Warwick, NY
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  4. Hulktopus

    Hulktopus

    Aug 22, 2012
    Mansfield, TX
    I personally love the Schecter Stiletto Studio 5 string. Through-body neck and all. You could probably get a nice Schecter 5-er for around the same price as your budget.
     
  5. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    Buy used. You could buy a $600 bass for $400. You could get a higher-end Schecter, ESP, Ibanez or whatever. I just saw my own SR505 on ebay for $304--WITH a hard case.
     
  6. logans59

    logans59

    Jul 1, 2012
    Kennesaw, GA
    I'm not really looking for another P-bass as my 4 string is a P/J. I will definitely be trying out the Stiletto, however.
     
  7. logans59

    logans59

    Jul 1, 2012
    Kennesaw, GA
    I will probably end up buying used, as long as I can find what I want.
     
  8. Don't count out the Diamond P. That thing is wicked at modern tones & IMO smokes the Stiletto.
     
  9. logans59

    logans59

    Jul 1, 2012
    Kennesaw, GA
    If there's one at any of the stores around me, I will try it
     
  10. jlepre

    jlepre

    Nov 12, 2007
    Warwick, NY
    Where are you Logan?
     
  11. logans59

    logans59

    Jul 1, 2012
    Kennesaw, GA
  12. logans59

    logans59

    Jul 1, 2012
    Kennesaw, GA
    Kennesaw, GA

    About 30 min North of Atlanta
     
  13. jlepre

    jlepre

    Nov 12, 2007
    Warwick, NY
    I would contact Schecter to find a local dealer.
     
  14. jlepre

    jlepre

    Nov 12, 2007
    Warwick, NY
  15. heb9_28

    heb9_28

    Jul 1, 2009
    +1 on the Stiletto. I played one in church for years and loved it. Its one of the few basses I seriously regret selling.

    Also the Squier Deluxe Active Jazz V. Very much in your price range. Great bass. As I'm typing this I'm thinking I might want to pick one of these up again very soon, I miss mine.... hmmmm.
     
  16. logans59

    logans59

    Jul 1, 2012
    Kennesaw, GA
    Thanks for that link, it says GC and Ken Stanton both carry Schecter. The Ken Stanton I went to did not have them, but I think I remember there being one at GC, tho I don't know if it was a 5 string
     
  17. logans59

    logans59

    Jul 1, 2012
    Kennesaw, GA
    I didn't like the Squier Deluxe, I also played one side by side with the VM 5
     
  18. jlepre

    jlepre

    Nov 12, 2007
    Warwick, NY
    You might have a hard time finding one at GC. I had to buy mine used, but it was well worth every penny. I was going to just order one new, but one came up local on Ebay. I was able to test drive it. Look around for used if you're not in a hurry. I see 4 stringers come up more often, but if it's local you could at least hear it and get a feel for a 4 stringer.
     
  19. GBassNorth

    GBassNorth

    Dec 23, 2006
    SoCal
    If you look real hard you can find a used MusicMan SUB5 active bass for around $500. Well worth the money and clearly a different sounding bass than a precision.
    Another good choice would be a G&L 2500tribute used for around $500.
    Both basses have top notch build quality, sound and consistancy so you could try one out in a store to see if you like it then if you do, look for a used one.
    Good luck.
     
  20. logans59

    logans59

    Jul 1, 2012
    Kennesaw, GA
    I'm seeing the MusicMan SUB 5 new for $280. Did you possibly mean the Sterling? Or am I just looking at the wrong thing?
     
  21. GBassNorth

    GBassNorth

    Dec 23, 2006
    SoCal
    Actually, I forgot Musicman came out with the newer SUB series. I haven't tried one of those yet so I don't know if they are any good. The one I originally referenced was the SUB5 made by Musicman in the USA. It's discontinued now but you can still find them used.
    They come in both Sterling and Stingray styles. Here's a Sterling style on eBay...
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/USA-Musicma...e-/251181207266?pt=Guitar&hash=item3a7b910ee2
     



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