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5-String Bass Recommendation

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BelowTheBenthic, Dec 19, 2017.

  1. BelowTheBenthic


    May 12, 2017
    I've looked around a bit, but I'm wondering what all of you out there can come up with. Try fitting something in these constraints:
    - 5-strings
    - 35" scale
    - <$1000

    My best answer so far is an Ibanez BTB, though I don't understand the difference between current and older (much cheaper) models.
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  2. I strongly recommend an Ibanez BTB.

    The current one, the BTB745 is a very nice instrument.

    I played one recently, and it feels as nice as my BTB1205E, which was made in 2005.

    The wider neck, the Bartolini pickups, and the general overall feel of the bass are exactly what I like.

    There are other very nice basses that will fit your criteria, but the BTBs fit the bill.

    Here's mine.

    Mike :thumbsup:

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  3. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    Lakland is 35 " IIRC.
    My buddy has an MIK plays & sounds great.
    Ibanez is also a good choice.
  4. I just bought a Yamaha BB735a. Pretty amazing instrument for the price.
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  5. BelowTheBenthic


    May 12, 2017
    That looks cool. I've looked at some Yamahas like the TRBX505. Your bass isn't a 35" scale, is it?
  6. alembicbones


    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    I think a used Lakland 55-02 would be a great call.

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  7. I actually had to check the specs... It's a 34" scale.
  8. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    Schecter Studio is a neck through - 35" scale and also under $1K new. Used, you can get it for around $500.
    • Color: Honey Satin
    • Construction: Neck-thru w/Ultra Access
    • Body: Mahogany wings w/Bubinga Top
    • Neck: Multi-laminate Maple/Walnut
    • Fingerboard: Rosewood
    • Frets: 24X Jumbo
    • Inlay: Offset Dots
    • Tuners: Schecter Bass
    • Pickups: EMG-40HZ
    • Electronics: Master Vol/Master Blend/EMG Active 18V 3-band EQ
    • Bridge: Diamond Custom
    • Scale: 35"
    • Hardware: Satin Gold

    schecter studio.
  9. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    I presume we're talking about a new instrument here.
    • MTD Kingston Heir 5
    • Lakland 55-01 Standard
    • Spector Legend 5 Classic
  10. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Tried a bunch but the Lakland 5s are sweet. I have a 55-01.
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  11. BassAndReeds


    Oct 7, 2016
    Make sure to check string spacing at your price. I find 16-17mm basses unplayable.

    Lakland 55-02 used is a great bass.

    And a Lakland 55-01 can be had for $600.

    Great basses.
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  12. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    If you can I'd suggest checking out a Lakland 55-01 or 55-02 in person. These are great basses at a fantastic price.
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  13. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    Try find the used BTB705DX .
  14. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
  15. Marko 1

    Marko 1

    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    Just curious... is the 35” scale requirement directly related to having better B string performance?
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  16. two fingers

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

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I am a big BTB fan. I made a ton of money playing one. But the bass linked here is hard to beat for the price if you're into the finish.

    Heck, I need another bass like I need another hole in my head but I have thought about buying it myself.
  17. Tim Skaggs

    Tim Skaggs

    Sep 28, 2002
    If you can find one, Peavey G-V. Graphite neck, 35" scale.
  18. Marhmol

    Marhmol Supporting Member

    Nov 6, 2016
    Bay Area Ca
    Keep in mind the fret board radius if your particular.
    Btb's are real comfy.
  19. Wfrance3

    Wfrance3 Supporting Member

    May 29, 2014
    Tulsa, OK
    Schecter elite if you can find a used one. Super light. Well made.
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  20. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Lakland. Used 55-02, or new 55-01. You can get a new 55-01 and upgrade the electronics to USA Barts and you have a $3000 bass for less than $1000.
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