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5 string 24 frets bass, which one?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by nyangsw, Nov 14, 2016.

  1. nyangsw


    Apr 26, 2012
    Hello TBs,
    I'm looking for a 5 string 24 frets bass as my main bass, maybe my life-time bass.
    Still can't decide which bass I should get.

    My price range is around $1000 , new and used both accepted. (but I prefer new)
    I play pop, hard rock, sometimes slap, so it should be wide string spacing(>18mm).
    I want a tight and clear low B, good playability and quality, great tone with variation, natural wood color finish.
    Don't like ebony fretboard.
    I'm GAS in Spector NS 5H2 before, but it will cost too much even used one.

    There are some bass I consider:
    New: Sire M7 Ash.
    Used: Carvin V59K, Peavey Cirrus(not sure its string spacing).
    Other: (you recommend)

    Actually I tend to buy a Sire M7, but I haven't have a chance to play one, still need your recommend.

    Thanks for your reply.
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2016
  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Ibanez BTB, look for used Yamaha TRB or Nathan East signature basses.
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  3. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I was going to recommend the Sire M7, I love mine, though it's fretless, so 24 non-frets on mine! ;) Always better values used than new, though. Your mileage may vary.
  4. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis

    Dec 11, 1999
    Schecter Hellraiser Extreme-5. 24 frets, neck through, EMG 40TW P/U's with coil taps. Great bass but not available in Natural finish.

  5. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    I'd suggest you add Lakland to your list.

    I understand the reasons for budgets and setting limits, but you should be certain that your budget and the basses you like match up.

    I'd try more expensive basses. . . maybe up to a limit of $1500 - $2000, so you can evaluate whether your budget is where you want it to be.
  6. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    All fantastic suggestions.

    The BTB would be right up your alley. Get one with the mid frequency sweep for sure. That's the "secret weapon" of those basses. I had two of them, one with Barts and one with Ibanez pickups. I actually liked the Ibanez ones better as I found they reacted to my playing more and were less "polite" than the Barts.

    You simply can't go wrong with Yamaha quality control. You may read or hear a complaint about a Yamaha, but it won't be about fit and finish....just tonal preferences.

    Of the choices mentioned in the OP specifically I gotta go with the Carvin.
  7. songwriter21

    songwriter21 I have an obsession for wood. The musical kind. Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2005
    Sponsored by Hipshot
    +1 on this recommendation, highly, and from the OP's choices, I also highly vote for the Cirrus...phenomenal basses, and very consistent quality, at least for the US-made ones.

    Sire, I've never tried...seem to get great "bang-for-the-buck" reviews.

    I've literally had almost ten Carvins, brand-new, with the last few being 2013s to 2015s, and I only liked two (an '03 LB75 and a '13 B50), because they were so hit-or-miss for me...not consistent at all, imo.
  8. Gee Man

    Gee Man

    Nov 2, 2016
    W. MA.
    I realize its a bit off the beaten path, and the 16.5mm string spacing my be a deal breaker, but if you can get your hands on an Ibanez SRFF805 fanned fret I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
  9. jasonmatthews


    Jul 10, 2016
    Atlanta, GA
    Just be patient... wait a little while to increase your budget and get a bass you'll love.

    You can find an older Spector NS-5CRFM or Euro5 for around $1200-$1500 usually (not the Euro 5LX... you don't want the 3-piece body).
  10. nyangsw


    Apr 26, 2012
    I like Spector.
    I had a Alex Webster Signature before.
    It's a pity I can't deal on the 16.5mm string spacing.
  11. jasonmatthews


    Jul 10, 2016
    Atlanta, GA
    It's actually about 16.75mm, but it's quite comfortable to me even though most of my basses are 18-20mm. Obviously a personal preference; on that bass it works for the styles I play on that bass. Not so much for other styles.
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