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5-string bass advice please...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by limbert76, Feb 22, 2006.

  1. limbert76


    Feb 22, 2006
    Dear all...

    I'm Limbert Hutahaean, a new member & living in the UK. New player in 5-string bass -previously used to play 4 but has inactived for 1-2 years, here I come again :)
    I'm looking for a new 5-string but thinking for several brand as below:
    Yamaha RBX375
    Washburn XB-125
    Peavey Millennium BXP
    Squier Precision Bass Special 5
    (the basses above are around in my budget)

    Asking for your advices which one the best in sound quality and durability -regardless the shape model or brand famous- or If U have any suggestion from the list above, it'll be great. FYI, I'm playing all around music but prefers to play Jazz, R&B & funk.

    Thanks mate!
  2. Juneau


    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    Ive read good things about the Yamaha, and Id look for an Ibanez in the same price range as well. I know the BTB series is fairly highly recomended.
  3. jrduer


    Jun 27, 2005
    Georgetown, TX

  4. Hollow Man

    Hollow Man Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2003
    Springfield, VA
    I'd avoid the Squier... IMO, it's the least well-built of the models you specified, and for not a lot more, you could do a lot better if you were dying for a P-Bass.
  5. Jack


    Sep 6, 2003
    Newcastle, UK
    Another vote for the Yamaha, and sure, an Ibanez too. I really do believe that more modern companies such as these have the drop on the big old timer brands for budget basses. And this is coming from a guy who owns a Squier and a Fender. :)
  6. From your list, the Peavey. They sound more alive to me, where the others are pretty dead, boring, generic boom boom machines - except the washburn, never tried one of those.
  7. Eland


    Mar 4, 2004
    How 'bout the OLP Tony Levin sig.?
  8. LA


    Oct 17, 2001
    I would check out the Yamaha...I used to own the RBX765A (it's predecessor), it has great string spacing and a 34" scale.
  9. christle

    christle Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    I second the Yamaha's and the Peavey. Ibanez is also really nice. Not too crazy about the Squiers as they tend to be hit and miss. When you do find a good Squier they are definitely keepers though.
  10. Ibanez BTB
  11. ptidwell

    ptidwell Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 13, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Owner LoPHAT Cabinets
    +1 on the BTB
  12. mukjijazz


    Feb 22, 2006
    Hi Limbert,

    Am also a new TB'er member registered recently.
    With 5strings my advsie is try Fender Jazzbass V pasive MIM , its awesome I owned it since 2003.

    Am thinking of upgrading to put pre-amp with J Retro ( from East product ) to become active.

    So good to know you in this TB'er forum.
  13. Yes!! They are, and for good reason!

    I own an upper-end BTB, and have played the lower-end models and they really are solid for the price tag.

    Be sure you can try any of the instruments you may be looking for out, that will ultimately give you the best sense of knowing.
  14. DerekP


    Jul 24, 2005
    Toronto, On
    Ibanez SDGR or BTB, if you find a used SDGR prestige i'd grab that.
  15. tappingtrance

    tappingtrance Cooke Harvey Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2005
    You may want to think about the type of music you are going to play - Ken Smith basses have great electronics and the KSD line is in the mid -600's .
  16. Brian S

    Brian S

    Nov 11, 2003
    Atlanta, Georgia
    Try out the Yamaha. I have a BBN5, have no complaints and been complimented on it's sound on more than one occassion. For budget basses, Yamaha seems to have it's act together.
  17. withdevil


    Apr 23, 2005
    dont buy boom boom machines..

    buy Conklin
  18. Plain Old Me

    Plain Old Me

    Dec 14, 2004
    Peavey or Yamaha.