5 String for $300-$500?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Peeved T-40, Mar 14, 2021.

  1. Peeved T-40

    Peeved T-40

    Jan 12, 2021
    Is there a good quality 5 string bass that could be had for between $300-$500?

    I've been looking at these so far:
    Yamaha TRBX350
    Ibanez SR405EQM
    Jackson JS3QV
    Schecter Stiletto Stealth 5

    If anyone has any opinions on any of these or has suggestions for some used basses to look into instead, I'd love to hear them!
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  2. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    The Sterling By Musicman SUB basses are not bad at all for the price. Some of the step up Sterling models show up used around $500, same is true of the G&L Tribute series. Both very solid options and ones I'd go for over the ones in your list. Not that any of those are bad options, just not my cup of tea :D
  3. Peeved T-40

    Peeved T-40

    Jan 12, 2021
    just out of curiosity, what don’t you like about the ones on my list?
  4. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    The Sire M2 is around $450 new.
  5. el jeffe bass

    el jeffe bass

    Nov 22, 2013
    New Mexico
    If the choice were mine it would definitely be the Yamaha TRBX.
  6. Peeved T-40

    Peeved T-40

    Jan 12, 2021
    How come? and would the Yamaha be your choice in general or just off my list?
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  7. brushfirewolf


    Nov 12, 2016
    I’d also go for the SBMM Ray5.

    The Yamaha and Ibanez are good options in this price range too, just not my personal preference.
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  8. BBassBassington


    May 6, 2018
    My current stable:

    tl;dr Jackson

    The Ray5 plays fantastic and sounds like a less clanky Stingray. The Jackson is incredibly comfortable. It's my best playing bass and the one I would choose 9/10 times for a long gig or practice. It's got every feature you can cram into a bass basically, and I like that it both looks better then the Yamaha and has a 3-band EQ vs. 2-band + funky switch.

    I've not gotten to play a G&L or a Yamaha but I would seriously consider them, especially if I could play them first.

    I used to own an Ibanez SR300E, which is like the base model of the one on your list. Great bass, very much like a 34" version of the Jackson. These basses are very similar though, so I'd pick whichever of the two I liked the look of best or got the best deal on or some combo of both.

    I haven't played many Schecters but I've liked the ones I've played. Still I'm quite happy with my choices and I wouldn't trade the Jackson for any on the list. The Ray5 I'd trade for a G&L or maybe Yamaha but that's mostly because I have the Dimension now.
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  9. Peeved T-40

    Peeved T-40

    Jan 12, 2021
    you the second person to say they're not your preference and I'm just curious why? Want to make sure I'm not missing something
  10. Peeved T-40

    Peeved T-40

    Jan 12, 2021
    I haven't found many people talking about Schecters and even fewer talking about that one specifically. It's the pickup combo that caught my eye. Maybe I've been living under a rock but I haven't seen many P/Humbucker combos. Usually you just see PJs everywhere. It's really pushing the limit of my budget but it seemed interesting enough to look at.

    what's your experience with the brand?
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  11. I played my Sub 5 at a gig today after using my EBMM Stingray Friday and Saturday and it sounds very good. 20210314_124257.jpg
  12. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    Those are all solid brands and good instruments, so there isn't really something major that you're missing or taking a big risk on. Along with the various instruments listed by others, you have a wide variety of instruments that will all probably serve you well. At this point it's about nuanced things like numbers and configuration of pickups, design aesthetics, passive/active, etc. The world's your oyster! :thumbsup:
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  13. Robot.G

    Robot.G Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2015
    West Michigan
    I have four Schecters instruments and all of them are really great. I have two basses and two guitars. I got them all at clearance prices. I have a Schecter Riot 5 string bass that I paid just $252 for new and a DV-4 bass that I got for $350 new. I've always wanted to get a Stiletto and I've considered getting Stiletto Stealth 5 because the Riot and the DV-4 are a little uncomfortable playing seated but otherwise they are awesome. I wouldn't hesitate to try a Schecter.
  14. Peeved T-40

    Peeved T-40

    Jan 12, 2021
    I've seen people complain about their pickups. any thoughts on that?
  15. Robot.G

    Robot.G Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2015
    West Michigan
    I've seen people complain about a lot of things. I'm curious about those complaints but I have none myself. Plus pickups are pretty easy to upgrade. I'm more concerned about setup and playability out of the box.
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  16. Peeved T-40

    Peeved T-40

    Jan 12, 2021
    most of the complaints i've seen have said that Schecters sound muddy and un-defined. Granted, I've only seen a few people complain. just thought I'd ask. Some one else said the bridge ripped out of the body on his. That one was probably just QA issue on his unit.
  17. Robot.G

    Robot.G Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2015
    West Michigan
    Look at the value of all of your potential options on the resale market. You might find a great deal and that might also steer you in the right direction.
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2021
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  18. Yamaha BB series - even the inexpensive ones - are well-built. They would probably be my first pick.

    On the used market, older Peaveys such as Dyna and Forum are exceptional value for money, IMO/IME.
  19. First off, good list. You aren't going to go wrong with any of these.
    I just got an Ibanez 405EQM and I love it. The balance is perfect despite being super light. The neck is super fast and comfortable. The B string has great punch and clarity and doesn't feel loose.

    I played a Schector Elite-5 for a few months that I borrowed from a friend. It was a predecessor to the Stiletto Studio-5. You consistently see the Stiletto Studio-5 as one of the best in numerous reviews. However, I will say I prefer the sound and playability of the of the Ibanez over the Elite-5 (and that bass has a solid neck-thru-body). I thought the B string was a bit muddy on the Schector. That being said, I love my Schector Studio-4 and think it may be one of the best 4 strings I have ever played or owned.

    I went with the 405EQM because of the single/humbucker/power tap option. This bass has a great tonal range. I only have one 5-string, so it had to check all the boxes. I primarily have played 4 string. But there are some really fun songs you can only play on a 5, so I can't live without my Ibby now! (He get's center stage because of the finish.) WALL-TO-WALL-BASS.jpg
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