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Modulus Quantum 5

4.7/5, 4.7 from 6 reviews
Modulus Quantum 5 five string bass with Bartolini pickups and 2-band Bartolini preamp.
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Reviews Summary
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Overall Rating:
4.7/5,
Tone:
4.83/5,
Build Quality:
4.83/5,
Feel:
4.83/5,
Value:
4.67/5,
  1. blmartin2215
    Looks great Sounds great and has that unique sound
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jan 22, 2018
    Tone:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Feel:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros
    • + Unique modern sound
    Cons
    • - expensive
    I love the way this bass sounds when you dig in. It has almost like a compressed growl that cuts. I can always pick it out in a recording or a youtube clip blindfolded. These basses have a knack for response that clear but cuts with a unique voice. They are durable and with a 5 or 6 you never have to worry about neck needing a set up or constant tuning after weather changes.
    Price Paid:
    2200
  2. Ballin'bass
    Best 5-string time I've heard.
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 23, 2015
    Tone:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Feel:
    5/5,
    Value:
    4/5,
    Pros
    • + Crystal clear b-string, comfortable neck, sweet tone, cuts through any mix, light weight
    Cons
    • - Not that come to mind
    Absolutely beastly sound from these things. Sick action, and of course no need to adjust it ever!

    Very clean low B. Can't say I'm a 5 string player, I'm really not into them. But if I was, I'd own another q5.
    Price Paid:
    1,700
  3. Roba2c
    Durable, light weight
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Mar 25, 2009
    Tone:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Feel:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros
    • + Durable, light weight, super sonic, super sustain, and an amazing body
    Cons
    • - Can be more bass than necessary at times
    Wow!


    This is one of the nicest pieces of gear I have ever owned. Its a masterpiece of an instrument. Its extremely sturdy and tone wise its a beast. It cuts through any mix as a worthy adversary to a percussive instrument and is a melodic harp like instrument with clarity from the stock bartolini electronics loaded in all the way up the neck.

    I have played mine for a year now, gigs are always a pleasure with this bass, it took me five years to afford one, but so worth it.

    I would recommend this bass to any player who is curious about graphite necks, there is just nothing better than the engineers at modulus applying this to an instrument. When I pull mine from the case and I feel that cold glassy neck with the back of my thumb its like hold the pint glass to my favorite beer. Love this bass.


    But you don't have to take my word for it.
    Price Paid:
    $1500
  4. DanielleMuscato
    Fantastic!
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jan 5, 2008
    Tone:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Feel:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros
    • + Balance, tuning stability, versatility, clarity, many others
    Cons
    • - None
    I agree with Charles' review above. Modulus basses are fantastic. I prefer the neck profiles of MTDs (asymmetrical), but I like everything else about Modulus basses better. Great tone, very solid, good-looking, playable, and tough as hell. These are perfect for gigging and sound so crystal-clear in the studio, too. I highly recommend them.
    Price Paid:
    $2250
  5. KJAXE
    Awesome
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jul 3, 2004
    Tone:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Feel:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros
    • + Weight, looks, sustain, playability, pretty much everything
    Cons
    • - price (but everybody always wants to pay less)
    This bass is awesome. It plays great, sounds great, looks great. The graphite neck doesn't move, all kinds of tone control at your finger tips, "sustain", what else can I say!!
    Price Paid:
    $2100
  6. Chasarms
    Outstanding B string. Clear, articulate tone.
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Mar 12, 2004
    Tone:
    4/5,
    Build Quality:
    4/5,
    Feel:
    4/5,
    Value:
    4/5,
    Pros
    • + Outstanding B string. Clear, articulate tone. Consistent tone all over the neck.
    Cons
    • - None, in my mind.
    This is certainly the most usable bass that I have ever owned and I have owned many, many basses. It plays, feels and sound very good playing most any style.

    Contrary to some thoughts that the graphite FB is "sterile" sounding, I find I can get a very warm, round tone out of it fairly easily. I also find the tone very clear and articulate. The Bartolini PUs and EQ work well on this bass.

    The 35" scale is easy enough to get used to and the bass weighs around 8 pounds, so it is a joy to play standing for extended periods. The neck is apparently quite light, as it balances better than anything I have ever played.

    This bass was built in 2000 and offers the relief adjustment option. I have never used it in the three years I have owned the bass. It is the most stable bass I have ever seen.


    The action stays exactly the same from the day the strings settle in to the day you remove them. If you don't bump tuners taking it in and out of the case, you probably won't even have to tune it.

    A comment in BassPlayer magazine once characterized the Q5 as sound like "one giant string." The is very true of the bass. The dynamics, articulation and overall tone of the bass is very consistent as you play anywhere on the bass.

    I have produced two studio recordings with this bass as well as used it for a regularly-taped television production for more than two years. The bass records very well. It is quiet and produces a very strong fundamental and consistent harmonic overtones. You can EQ the tone into almost anything you want.

    Live, it is a bonified stage shaker. There is no better B string on the market. Some are as good, but I have seen no better if you consider tone, feel and consistency with the other strings.

    IF you are looking for a dependable, workhorse bass and have the scratch, you can't go wrong with a Q5.
    Price Paid:
    $1500
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