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5 string basses under $3500

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by backsandbreaks, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. backsandbreaks


    Jan 26, 2013
    So I'm interested in spending up to $3500 for a 5 string (NOT fretless) bass. I know it's a lot; I'm a musician but bass is not my main instrument. Nonetheless, sensational sounding bass is what I live to hear, and I do play. Suggestions for the best ax out there in that price range? I know good basses can be had for less, but I'm stubborn.
  2. Pick pretty much any bass manufacturer... If you have $3500, you're probably walking away with their top of the line model.
  3. grumpyfunk

    grumpyfunk Supporting Member

    Mar 26, 2012
    Boston, Ma
  4. F Bass
  5. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Your options are vast with that budget, you can get pretty well whatever you want short of rare woods and a select few builders.

    If you want a great B Dingwall is your only choice. :D
  6. Maya403


    Dec 22, 2012
    Fender American Deluxe Jazz bassV
    Fender Marcus Miller V
    Fender American Standard jazz bass v
    Fender American Deluxe P Bass V
    Fender American Standard P Bass V
  7. Squier VM Jazz 5 would be a great choice. You don't need to spend $3500 to sound good.
  8. +1000
  9. SRFSterling5


    Sep 24, 2011
    Got an F Bass BN5 after playing a MM Sterling 5 and the Lakland 55-02. The MM is gone and the F is what I have been looking for. Definitely check those out.
  10. Betrayer_Bass

    Betrayer_Bass Profanity Fish.

    Sep 24, 2011
    Oslo, Norway
    Endorsing: Spector basses, Winspear Picks, Spector Formula 603 strings
    Nobody has said it yet but Spector. I have a Warwick 5 and was blown away by its B string. Then I got a Spector and was blown even more away by that B string and its general comfort, playability and sound. Then I got a more expensive Spector (Euro 5LX) and was eeevveennn more blown away! :D

    Go out and try some basses though. You're not gonna find what you like asking a bunch of people on the internet.

    But Spector/Warwick I'd go for :D
  11. im2jazzc4you


    Oct 29, 2010
  12. KaseOfBass

    KaseOfBass Put some stank on it... Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    Endorsing Artist: GHS Strings
    Heck, for $3500 you could go for a used Sadowsky NYC. Definitely worth it IMO but the Metros aren't nothing to laugh at either. I have one of each and have never received so many positive comments about my tone.
  13. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Youve given no info at all about what basses you like or what type of sound you want. Something you seriously need to pin down.
  14. Really, that's a lot like saying, "I've got $100,000, and I want a really good car."

  15. 5StringThunder


    Dec 28, 2012
    For that kind of $ you could probably get a custom shop model from most companies.
  16. phillybass101


    Jan 12, 2011
    Artist, Trickfish Amplification Bartolini Emerging Artist, MTD Kingston Emerging Artist. Artist, Tsunami Cables
    Give Kevin Brubaker a shot at Brubaker Guitars.
  17. bass12

    bass12 Have you seen my tonsils lately? Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    I have no idea what your tastes are. For MY tastes it would be a used MTD 535 or a used Sadowsky NYC 5 Jazz. There have also been some really nice used Smiths in the classifieds lately. The good thing about the used market when it comes to high end basses (especially on TB) is that the instruments tend to be very well cared for.
  18. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005
    Your options at that price are basically limitless. Try everything, buy what you like.
  19. AcridSaint

    AcridSaint ベーシスト Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2012
    I don't play well.
    I'd say if you're going to spend $3500 you need to audition basses, there are a whole lot of tones and feels out there for that much money and you won't like all of them.

    If it were my money I'd look at G&L or Lakland.
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