5 string bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by johnm0187, Jun 16, 2003.

  1. Im looking for a 5 string bass active pickups a little less than $400. I have done searches on here and no one seems as poor as me. I already have an essex and i'd really try to get a brand name that can play well. I'm not looking to slap on a 5 string but i play funk jazz and rock. I am looking for new or used.

  2. Look for a used Mexican Fender Jazz Deluxe 5.They have nice pickups and electronics and they play great if you can find one that has a good neck.
  3. thanks for the fast reply but im gonna add some stuff..

    i dont really want a jazz bass because i already have one and i really want a different sound. also, i am looking at some yamahas and ibanezes around that price range. Also maybe if i can scrap together a few more dollars i can go for that new Warwick rockbass. but i dont have a job and I'm not expecting to getting paid anything unless possibly i sell my old amp.

    one luv
  4. any other reccommendations?
  5. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    You can pick up a Spector Q5 used in the $300-$400 price range. SOmetimes you can find teh neck-through version (2002 and earlier) in taht price range as well. I absolutely love my Q5- it looks great and has a very clean versatile sound that is quite different from a jazz bass. Very comfortable body and neck as well.:)
  6. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    Oh, another excellent bass for around $400 used is the Conklin GT-5. Anyway you go, used is by far the best deal for a good 5 stringer around that price. I played a new peavey foundation 5 that was going for about $350 a couple months back and was very impressed with the quality as well.
  7. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    You might consider checking out a Dillion VXB-5. This is John Dillion's new 5 string model incorporating neck through design and active electronics.
    These are made in Vietnam. I've seen this model available at the Bass Palace for approx $395.00 not to long ago.
    If they are anything like the Dillion VMB-500/5 you will be very impressed.
    Check out http://www.dillionguitars.com/vseries/index.html
  8. A Yamaha BB605 should only run you about $350.

    Yes, I played one. Very nice sounding bass. It has the NE-1 parametric EQ built in. Has a very Fender-like feel.

    Check it out: http://www.yamaha.com

  9. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    IMO Youd be better off just sticking with what you've got right now and continue to save at least $200-$300 more. Theres alot more of a variety to choose from in the $600-$700 price range. Both new and used.
  10. The Yamaha is a good bet but if I were you, hold off a little bit, save some more money, and buy a better quality bass.. don't be in a big hurry, this sounds like a major purchase for you.

    If you can get it up to $600 or so, your options will be better and you'll be much happier in the long run.

    Speaking from experience in my youth.
  11. there is some problem with the money saving thing...yes i would like too, but i have no job have no car ect...so i wont have around $600 in a long while.

    Thanks for the suggestions