5 string bass (High C)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BASSCELL, Mar 15, 2011.



    Jan 6, 2011
    I'm interested in buying a high C 5 string bass but I can't seem to find anything good. I wanna know if any of you guys have or had one. Also I don't want to sacrifice my tone so I'm looking for a bass with a Jaco'ish kinda vibe (hopefully with jazz pickups and a small neck) . Fretted or fretless I'm open to any suggestions. Please include price and a detailed description if you know it. Thanks
  2. Any 5-string will work. I'd suggest a 5'er Jazz, since thats precisely what you described. On the cheap ($150-$250), I'd suggest a Brownesville UB500. Similar to the old American Deluxe Jazz basses. If you can afford more (like $1500) You could find a used American Deluxe. Or you could get one of the many Bass VI knockoffs floating around and tune it EADGCe,, and have the extra high e as well. Rondo sells these for between $350 and $450.
  3. Ummm... You don't really need to buy a specific 5 string to have a high C. Just buy any five string you want, get a set of strings with a high C, and have a tech make you a new nut if you end up liking it.

    And I do have one, it's a yamaha BB415 that I put a high C string on and took the low B off, any bass can have this done...
  4. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Yup, any 5er bass'll do it. Sounds like you want a 5er Jazz.

    It's an incredibly fun tuning, IMO.
  5. I had my old Spector Legend strung EADGC
    no new nut was necessary
    and I just bought a cheap D'Addario 6 string set and was good to go
    considering that the Spector was already good for the higher notes, chords and lead playing was a breeze and cut through the mix

    too bad it was 35" scale and my hands couldnt get used to it