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Help Spend My $700

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TwoRivers, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. TwoRivers

    TwoRivers Supporting Member

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    I know $700 isn't a lot of money for a bass. That being said, if you had $700 to spend on your first five string, what would you buy and why?

    Additional Information: I haven't been playing bass terribly long (about 1.5 years). I've only played 4 string up to this point. I've owned a Schecter P/J, Epi T-Bird Pro, MIM Fender J, and Peavey Fury (Split P) up to this point. I haven't been terribly disappointed or over the moon with any of them, but I will say I've preferred the Fender J and Peavey Fury over the others. I'm not too stuck in my ways yet regarding active or passive electronics, pickup configurations, etc. I play at church and with a christian recording artist. Based on what I've encountered the last 1.5 years, I think I would get a lot of use out of the low B.

    5 strings I have played so far include the Ibanez ATK 805e (can get used in my price range and was pretty pleased with it when I played it at GC); SUB Ray5 (holy crap this one sucked, but it was at GC and was probably set up terribly/abused quite extensively); Squier VM Jazz V (again, disappointed, but also at GC); Schecter Diamond P5 (was pretty pleased with this one); and various Ibanez SR**5 types (none that blew me away).

    I plan to buy used, unless I end up not being able to find what I want used, then I'll buy new if it's under the $700 mark.

    Interested in hearing what you guys have to say. Thanks in advance and I'll check back often!
  2. sadowskyguy

    sadowskyguy Supporting Member

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    Talkbass classifieds has some crazy good deals. Buy used for sure!
  3. kcole4001

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    There are a couple of USA Peavey 5ers for sale right now in the classifieds.
    You just missed out on a wicked cheap T-5 deal, but your $700 should get you a nice used Peavey pretty easy if you're not in a hurry.
  4. TwoRivers

    TwoRivers Supporting Member

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    Not in a hurry, don't mind waiting for a good deal. My only concern with the Peavey would be weight. I don't know much about the different models, but my Fury is much heavier than my Fender Jazz. I don't know if I could deal with anything much heavier, which I would assume a 5 string Peavey would be. Thanks!
  5. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

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    The weight seems to vary, my Fury weighs less than my Jazz.

    Out of the ones you've mentioned, I like the Schecter.
  6. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    +1 I have bought and sold on the TB classifieds and there are some amazing deals there.

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