1st 5 string recommendation

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Roadman, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. Roadman


    Mar 26, 2008
    I know that there have been many posts like this, but I just got a gig with a R&B band that plays a lot of stuff that I just can't reach with my trusty 4 string Jazz bass.

    So here's where you come in. I need recommendations for a 5 string that is relatively light weight and makes an easy transition from a slim four string Jazz neck.

    I've never really wanted to go to a fiver, but this band pays good and I'm a whore, what can I say. Please help!!! ;) :help:
  2. schecter stilletos
  3. You're way to honest to be a whore! Try Ibanez, great slim necks.
  4. id also have to agree with that,try and just find a 5 that u like the feel and sound of,remember,u have to feel it
  5. Tropic


    May 19, 2009
    Woodbridge, Va
    I love their tone. Played a couple today. Nice deep, heavey, rich tone. I don't know why people think they have bland tone. I like their sound.
  6. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Lakland Skyline 55-01, used.
  7. TheMutt

    TheMutt Guest

    Apr 28, 2007
    Probably not helpful, but I transitioned from a nice slim Jazz neck (MIM J Bass) to the baseball bat that is an EBMM SR5 quite easily. I had to make the move because we started playing songs in non-standard keys (the leader is a keyboardist for one of my gigs) that had me detuning, retuning, and detuning again and again on my J. I found that the neck feels fine and comfortable, and with the closer string spacing I can reach everything with ease. It took a little getting used to at first, but has since moved to my go-to bass with the J being backup.

    Just wanted to open your mind up to some instruments that you might not otherwise try. :)
  8. The best one for you is the one you like the best - try stuff out.

    As ^ said Ibanez SR, Schecter Stiletto, and Peavey basses have smaller necks, and not too heavy.

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  9. Peavey Grind if you prefer passive pickups, Cirrus BXP if you like actives
  10. Dave281189


    Feb 1, 2008
    lakland 55-02!
    one of the best basses for that genre
  11. Absentia


    Feb 25, 2009
    A used warwick or spector
  12. PSPookie


    Aug 13, 2006
    Albuquerque, NM
    There are lots of options. I think it mostly boils down to your price point and whether you are looking at new or used instruments.

    Some of my favorites (that would be apropriate):
    G&L L2500
    MM SR5
    Lakland 55-02
  13. All the basses mentioned are worthy, but I'd cast another vote for Ibby if a slim neck and weight are important to you.

    But by all means try the Lakland if you can get your hands on one. They are in a class by themselves.
  14. I have to disagree with a few things here. I love Skylines, and they have really great necks, but they are not as narrow as Schecter or Ibanez necks. Better basses IMO, but they are not super skinny necked like most Ibanez necks I have come across.

    And Warwick? Come on, now.
  15. RHCP250


    Nov 24, 2008
    I just picked up a Cort A5 and its killer! It is my first 5 string, and its was a fairly easy transition. It's got narrow spacing and a thin neck, I defintley reccomend a used one. It also sounds pretty good too, but I think may replace the MK1 pre/pickups with some Nordstrand stuff.