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Best 5 String for under a Grand???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jason Hollar, Oct 30, 2005.


  1. Hey y'all,

    I normally hang out on the Double Bass Forums as I'm primarily an upright jazz player. I do however, own a very nice Modulus Jazz 4 string that I enjoy using for certain gigs and recording sessions.

    I'm considering joining a full-time Rock/Blues/Funk band and need to get a happening (yet affordable) 5 string to cover the lower register in the material.

    I owned some fancy 5's in the past including a Zon, but didn't care much for the feel of the B string due to the 34" scale.

    Any suggestions on a decent 5 with 35" scale under a thousand bucks? Any comments appreciated. :bassist:
     
  2. pyrohr

    pyrohr

    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    Lakland Skyline 55-02 or 55-01 :)
     
  3. lame(B)ass

    lame(B)ass

    Jun 18, 2004
    Slovakia
    Peavey Cirrus

    you can thank me later ;) ;)
     
  4. Reverend, if you can find a used one.
     
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  6. pickles

    pickles Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    Pretty sure theres a lakland skyline JO5 with a sadowsky pre in the classifieds right now for under a kilobuck. I almost bought it, but went for a DJ5 instead, mostly because I wanted a rosewood board. The skylines are amazing basses. Go get it!!!
     
  7. Vox Populi

    Vox Populi Reggae Loving Honkey

    Jan 27, 2004
    Poulsbo, WA
    Used Ernie Ball MusicMan 5. That's my major GAS right now anyway. ;)
     
  8. Jason -

    I'll meet you at Seton Hill University (since I teach there too) and give you my Ibanez SR805 to try!! It's a 34", but you can see what you think for a lot less than under a grand. It's fretted, but are you looking for fretted or fretless? Send me a PM if you'd like!!
     
  9. jmain

    jmain Oo, Uhn't uh, Yes!

    Apr 23, 2005
    Alexandria, VA
    A new Lakland Skyline Jo5 will run you a little over a grand; under for a new one. Would work great for blues/funk/rock. The 55-02 might be a little more versatile, but the Jo will nail the funk!
    IMO
     
  10. Yamaha TRB 1005, Brand new its $799.
     
  11. Aj*

    Aj*

    Jun 14, 2005
    West Yorkshire, UK
    +10000000000000000

    35" scale, neck through, nice electronics, excellent feel, I'm looking at getting a 6 stringer in a few months to expand my range.
     
  12. Matt Morgan

    Matt Morgan Fellow Conspirator Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2001
    Plano, TX
    Another vote for the Peavey Cirrus. Don't let the Peavey name fool you. I owned 5 of them over the last several years and were it not for the fact that I finally saved enough money to buy my beloved Roscoes, I'd still be playing them.
    They're fantastically built, extremely comfortable to play and best of all have KILLER tone! I personally think there isn't anything out there that can touch them for less than $2K.
    You will end up kicking yourself if you don't at least try one out before you make a decision. They are readily available in your price range new or used.
    Good luck!
     
  13. hasadari

    hasadari

    Jun 23, 2005
    Spector Legend 5 - $650 street
     
  14. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Disclosures:
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Last two 5's I bought:
    Reverend 5L used: $400
    G&L Tribute 2500: $299

    I like them both very well though the G&L isn't 35" scale the B is still pretty tight, and it has more tonal flexibility. Maybe not "more tone," as I really dig both the Rev and G&L tones, but more flavors anyway...maybe...the Rev has some switching ability too...both of these work well in the jazz/r&b/blues genre's, and both sound really good with either flats or rounds...

    A used Reverend BH5 would *kill*...
     
  15. seansbrew

    seansbrew Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2000
    Mesa AZ.
    Used Spector Euro.
     
  16. hujo

    hujo

    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Definitely the JO5, I love mine.
     
  17. Ibanez makes some nice B's in both the SR and BTB lines.
     
  18. christle

    christle Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    Definitely the Peavey Cirrus for all the reasons listed here. Also look to the Ibanez SR line and the Yamaha BB and TRB lines. Another often overlooked bass is Godin. They make a really nice 5 string.
     
  19. +1 on the godin! they are really nice basses. Also check out the carvin xb75 if you have a chance.
     
  20. Nuk3m

    Nuk3m

    Sep 18, 2004
    Down Under
    Cort Artisan A series.

    Through neck.

    Barts.

    Active passive switch.

    done deal.
     
  21. greg

    greg

    Jun 1, 2004
    Austin,Tx
    MTD Kingston Heir with Sadowsky strings freakin rule. They only cost $700 brand new as well. Send me a P.M. if you want to know more and see pictures of mine.