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[2020] Sterling Sub Ray 5 or Squier Vintage Modified Jazz V - Practice?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mark_122, Mar 19, 2020.

  1. Sterling by Musicman SUB Ray5

  2. Squier Vintage Modified Jazz V

  1. Mark_122


    Mar 19, 2020
    Hey guys

    I'm looking for a 5 string bass to practice with and possibly (though the chances are slim) to gig with in my church. I'm not really seeking one to gig with in church, as we own a quality Ibanez BTB 675 I believe.

    I've narrowed down my choices to these two basses. I've seen both have a fair share of appearances in Instagram videos showing people playing them, but I'm not sure which would suit me the best.

    I'm planning to play in a gospel genre, and some CCM as well if it matters

    Preferably, I would be buying either one of them used.

    How do these basses fit present day? Which bass should I choose for practice and why?
  2. Mark_122


    Mar 19, 2020
  3. therhodeo


    Feb 28, 2011
    Owasso OK
    If the one you're playing in church is a BTB I would recommend finding a cheap used bass with a 35" scale like the BTB has.
  4. Also, the Sterling SUB 5 has super narrow string spacing, like 16mm or even 15.5 like the old OLP 5’s had. It would be a pain going from the BTB to the SUB.
    The Ray 5 has 17.5mm spacing and it costs a lot more money.
    At least the Squier has 18.5mm.
  5. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    With these choices I'd prefer the Fender sound.
  6. Mark_122


    Mar 19, 2020
    Thanks guys, I'm leaning towards Fender as of right now
  7. Mark_122


    Mar 19, 2020
    Thanks guys, I'm leaning towards Fender as of right now
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