Looking for a good 5 string for studio work.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by James Lugo, Apr 4, 2014.


  1. James Lugo

    James Lugo

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    So I have a Nash P that I love and use a lot in my studio. I also have a lower end 5 string Ibenez with a pair of active Bartelini pups. It’s a nice bass and sounds ok but sometimes sounds a little on the cheap side. What I do like about it is it has a fatter, less character sound then the P. It sinks deeper into the track and blends into heavy guitars in a different way then the P. I like that sound. What I want is a bass similar to this but better.

    I was in Nashville working last week and saw a bunch of bands and some of the bassists had such massive tone, less boink then a P, just big, fat and deep. One guy was playing a Lakland with 2 J Bass style pickups. Another guy had some sort of Yamaha with a pair of soap bas pickups.

    Not sure if what I’m saying makes sense, it’s the only way I can describe it. So I’m looking for a killer 5 string for modern rock. Maybe Lakland? Yamaha? Warwick?

    Any thoughts?


    Thanks
  2. metalhead398

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    Are you a session bassist or in a band?
  3. James Lugo

    James Lugo

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    I'm a producer, studio owner and bass player. So it's for me and also the many guys who track at my studio.
  4. generation zero

    generation zero Supporting Member

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    PRS Grainger 5. My Fender American Deluxe Jazz V is a close second, at a little over half the price... But I won't ever step foot into a studio again without my Grainger. It does it all, and does it well. I paid right at 3500 for mine, but if you don't care about the extra fancy ten top option, you can save 500 right off the top... Maybe a few hundred more even if you get one online and bypass the sales tax. I've seen a few non-ten top 5s for 2800ish... Which is a far more reasonable price.
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  6. Stick_Player

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    Yamaha BB Series.

    I have no clue why anyone would bother with a Fender. They are toys.

    :eek:
  7. Guinness20

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    Ibanez sr1605 or Musicman Stingray 5h.
  8. fretno

    fretno Supporting Member

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    Music Man comes to mind
  9. OldDirtyBassist

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    It's easy to get a good studio 5 string tone, on a Yamaha. I've only experienced this for myself a handful of times, but I've read quite a few good reviews on the subject.
  10. xabicho

    xabicho Supporting Member

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    Hello James,

    I have a JCR Custom, it is made in Spain by Jaume Catalan Redindo, he is a Luthier from Valencia at the south of Spain. Any way the bass is posted on the classifieds, it looks like the body is one piece but actually is Mahogany with a Koa top.

    Here is the link for the luthier's website

    Also I have a sound clip if you are interested, the bass has an amazing low end and incredible mid range to cut thru the mix live or on a recording. The reason I am selling it is because I already have the Jazz department cover with my Fodera NYC 5 and have a low quality fretless so I am planning to order a JCR FL.


    Javi
  11. xabicho

    xabicho Supporting Member

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    By the way your PM inbox is not working.
  12. Stick_Player

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    Exactly!

    Yamaha BB >> REDDI >> Hit Record.
  13. generation zero

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    I used to feel the same way about Fenders, but this Am Dlx is quickly changing my mind. Nowhere near the PRS in the "does it all" category, but what it does, it does rather well. I bought it as a backup for live use, but I think it may battle the PRS for "main" status... At least for the stuff that calls for a more raw, edgier tone. Between the two, I will definitely have all the basses covered. (Bad pun intended... LOL!)
  14. James Lugo

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    I see a wide range of the BB series. Any of them in particular?
  15. 20db pad

    20db pad

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    I'd look into a Sadowsky Metro, either a RV5/MV5 or a RS-24/MS-24.
  16. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Yamaha TRB5P-II.
  17. Stick_Player

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    BBNE2

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    BB2025X

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    My Favorite:

    The Original BB5000

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  18. bikeplate

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    Rob LoPrinzi will make you a great 5
  19. metalhead398

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    In that case, probably stick with the P. Easier to play with the sound and get it perfect for whatever you're recording.
  20. Stick_Player

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    Fender's are so DULL.
  21. LowBC

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    I'd humbly suggest something passive (you have better preamps at the end of the cord) with a pair J-style pickups. Add as series/parallel switch to it and you can cover a wide spectrum.

    good luck!

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