Affordable Medium Scale 5 String Basses?

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  1. JoeBassGuy17

    JoeBassGuy17

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    This question may have been asked on the board before, but I figure it may be worth mine and anyone else's time. Are there any affordable (Sub $500) Medium Scale (32-33") 5 String basses available?
  2. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

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    The very nature of a budget 5 requires at
    LEAST a 34 scale to accommodate the B string.

    You have companies like Landing and Birdsong that do short and mid scale 5ers but they are anything BUT budget because apparently it takes talent to create a 5 string that sounds good under 34 scale.
    Kala U bass? It's micro scale...
  3. JoeBassGuy17

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    Thanks for the information. It seems like there are only short scale solutions (Ibanez Mikro, Fender Mustang), standard scale and long scale (Ibanez and Warwicks with 36" scale). It seems like an untapped market.
  4. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass The Kirk Hammett of bass guitar! Supporting Member

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    There is this one, but it's a 30" scale. I bought one for my young sons to learn on, and it's surprisingly good all around. I've considered playing a gig with it just for fun.
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  6. JoeBassGuy17

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    Thanks for the recommend, that looks like a good choice as well. I know that Ibanez just released a 5 string version of their Mikro bass, but it would be nice to find one that wasn't in the 28-30" scale length, it's almost too close at times.
  7. JoeBassGuy17

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    I wonder if there are any other options aside from going the custom route with a luthier?
  8. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

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    Keep your eye open in the classifieds here.
    I have seen a couple Birdsongs sell for good prices.
  9. JoeBassGuy17

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    Just a bump to this thread to see if anyone else has any suggestions on this topic.
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  12. JoeBassGuy17

    JoeBassGuy17

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    Just a bump to see if much has changed in the way of affordable medium scale 5 string basses, aside from short scale offers of Ibanez and ESP, and the Warwick Rockbass Medium Scale 5 string. Any other options out there?
  13. Temcat

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    There was also a shortscale Brice 5er from Rondo.
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  15. steelbed45

    steelbed45 TRemington

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    I haven't found any. I was banking on the Warwick, but I've moved on to looking at another custom build. Of course, if you find something, please pass it along.
  16. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Supporting Member

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    Warmoth offers shorter scales now.
  17. LUpton

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    But no 5 strings shorter than 34"....
  18. Kevin aka Kebo

    Kevin aka Kebo

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    Its an untapped market for a reason....
  19. JoeBassGuy17

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    Just another bump to keep the discussion going if there are any basses I am not familiar with that will fit this segment of the market.

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