Which 5er for a Modern Country band?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kjpollo, Dec 27, 2012.


  1. kjpollo

    kjpollo

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    Out of the blue I find myself out of the classic rock band I've been with for 3 years and into a brand new modern country band.

    It seems to me like a 5er is pretty much required equipment for this kind of work. Fortunately I have my 20 yr old Carvin LB 75 so I have a main instrument but now I'm looking for a backup and 2 models keep coming to mind: a G&L L2500 Trib and a Peavey TL-5. I already have an L2K Trib so I'm pretty sure I know what I'd get from the G&L. But my Peavey experiences have been limited to a couple of vintage passive basses- the T40 and T20.
    My budget is going to be between $3-500 so let me know what you think of these 2 options or if there's another good choice I'm just plain missing here.

    And a couple of other things you should know, I'm not partial when it comes to bolt-on or neck thru, and I dont have a preference when it comes to maple or rosewood boards.

    Thanks guys-let me know your opnions!
  2. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

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    When I was playing modern country and blues, I had great luck with a used Lakland 55-01. The going rate is a little higher, but you can often find a used one for $500. It will be longer scale (35" vs. 34") and wider spacing than your Carvin, though.
  3. Rockin Mike

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  4. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties Supporting Member

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    A Lakland Bob Glaub five-string would be ideal. Not sure whether you can get even a used one for anywhere close to $500 though... :meh:

    MM
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  6. hdracer

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  7. hodgy

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    That's exactly what I use when I'm playing country.
  8. millsbass5

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    I sure know one thing, and I'll argue it 'til my last puff of air, that is if your're after "that" sound. If so, active electronics are just about a must when it comes to new/modern country. Hell, with your budget, you already have one of the basses that fits the bill best. That Carvin, hands down. Hey,if it ain't broke.... Or, a Peavey Dyna Bass or a TL5 would fit the bill nicely. Another idea is to find you a really nice passive bass and buy a Sadowsky preamp pedal, or something similar. But, when it comes down to it, the choices are endless.
  9. onosson

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    I'll stick this link here to a thread I started back in the summer ... it's full of comments and suggestions.

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/if-you-were-buying-bass-play-modern-country-874979/

    Long story short, I didn't end up following through with the gig - but I did pick up a bass (after the fact) that probably would work nicely. It's a Sterling by MusicMan Ray35 in natural finish. Plays really nice, versatile tone with the active eq and 3-way pickup switch, and not expensive at all, especially if you find one on the used market as I did.

    She looks just like this: http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/reviews/images/images_list_19_363_36998_2.jpg
  10. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Lakland 55-94 or 55-02.
  11. jjk2007

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    I have a TL-Five and think you'd do alright with one. It has SC p/u's in the 70's position and cops the jazz bass tone quite well. I bought mine for $500 not too long ago. You can go between passive or active and the ebony fb really adds some sizzle up top.
  12. domdec314

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    I use a L2500 Tribute with my modern country band. It gets all the sounds I need. I love the sound of the Super Ferrite pickups in my brother's four string Peavey Foundation and have always wanted to get either a 5 string Foundation or a TL-5. The Peavey's from that era are great.
  13. Luckydog

    Luckydog Supporting Member

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    I know you're looking for a five, but just want you to know that I've been doing *tons* of modern country in the last 5 years with my 4 string Sadowskys- a PJ and a Jazz. They both have D tuners and work just great.
  14. tomydacat

    tomydacat Supporting Member

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    I personally like the tone of 2 jazz pick ups for new Country.. what ever bass they come in..
  15. jasper383

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    Modern country 5 string for $3-500?

    Used Sterling by Musicman Ray35, or a new SUB Ray5.
  16. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

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    His budget is $3-500. That bass is 5X his budget.
  17. tomydacat

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    3- 500 try rondomusic.com
  18. mophead

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    I would look for a used Fender Jazz 5 MIM. I have one that just kills on the B string. Don't know if it is the bridge or what that makes it better but I have never had a Fender with a better B string, my Precision MIA 5 er included.
    The bridge has two screws up by the bridge pickup. Very un Fender like. If it weighed a little less it would be my go to bass.
  19. tomydacat

    tomydacat Supporting Member

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    or Schecter diamond series P or J bass
  20. tomydacat

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  21. Ric5

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    Pretty much any 5 string bass with an active preamp will work.

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