Looking for a back-up 5 String Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by beardedclam, Apr 5, 2014.


  1. beardedclam

    beardedclam

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    My current giging bass is an American Standard 5 String Jazz. I like the bass, it is versatile and it works well for me. I like the string spacing (about 18.5mm).

    I am looking for a good quality cost effective back-up bass that has the same bridge spacing, and the same nut width (1.875" / 47.6 mm)

    Theses are the two basses I am considering:

    - Vintage Modified Jazz Bass V: $329 at Musicians Freind
    - Vintage Modified Precision Bass V: $299 at Musicians Freind

    Does anybody have any other good suggestions? I prefer passive, and it must match the string & nut dimensions mentioned above.

    Also, I have heart that the Vintage Modified Jazz Bass V is heavy (10 lbs +) is this true?

    Thanks
  2. jojoslap

    jojoslap

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    Musicians Friends has a couple used vintage modified jazz v for $270, seems like a good deal if they really are as good as what people say about them. I would like to play one just to see what they are like, I have an American standard jazz bass so I would be curious how it would compare. A used deluxe jazz v might be a good way to go to, I see used ones in the $500 range.
  3. beardedclam

    beardedclam

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    I always thought that the used basses at Musicians Friend were returns, so I figure there must be something wrong with it if it is returned? Anybody ever buy a used bass at MF?
  4. Gorn Captain

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    Yup. It's hit or miss. If it's in good shape, then you're good to go. If it's not exactly as described or damaged in a way they didn't disclose, you can ship it back on their dime and you're not out any money.
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  6. beardedclam

    beardedclam

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    So, do you think that people return them because they arrive poorly set up or is it more like warped necks or major playability issues?

    I know this is the $64,000 question, just want to get everyone's oppinion
  7. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    A bad setup and inability to set it up to ones own preference is the players problem.

    What I meant is if they advertise a used bass with scratches and it shows up with a twisted neck, then you call and tell them and they email you a shipping label. It'll cost you some tape and gas money to the ups store if they didn't fully disclose those issues.
  8. beardedclam

    beardedclam

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    I gotcha, thanks

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