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5 string neck thru for $1000...whats the choices?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by chump stain, Oct 27, 2001.


  1. I need a good main axe that can handle everything from metal to praise and worship. I would like a 5 string neck thru with the wide string spacing.

    I've been looking at the carvin catalog and been very impresed with all of the options and choices in woods. from what I've read on the forum I would probably have to drop in a new bridge pup down the road. I like the Xb75.

    I like the look of the dark woods carvin offers, but dont know what they would sound like.
    check these out, let me hear your opinions.
    1. 2 peice koa neck and koa body (looks awesome)
    2. 5 peice maple walnut neck and walnut body with figured walnut top.
    3. 2 peice walnut neck and walnut body.

    finishes would be tung oil or clear matte satin

    what do you guys think?
    let me know of any other basses that might get the job done, and if you can help me out with the woods I would appreciate it. thanks:D
     
  2. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    Skip the Carvin. ;) Look for a used neck-through Yamaha TRB-5P first. I've seen some of them go for less than $1000 and they are truly sweet instruments. Wide spacing and a variety of tones (2 pickups + piezo bridge).
     
  3. Try the Dean "Edge Improv". Neck through body, figured maple top, 24 frets, active EMG CS 40 pickups, EMG preamp, brass bridge and nut. See more at www.deanguitars.com

    Also try the Brian Moore i5. Neck through body, figured maple top, 24 frets, "designed by Kent Armstrong" active pickups and active electronics.
    See more at www.bmcguitars.com

    They are both high quality basses that compete with many much higher priced basses.
     
  4. SRSiegel

    SRSiegel Guest

    Sep 17, 2001
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    I would say to give carvins serious consideration. I have one and its no secret that I absolutly love the thing. As for woods, Mines got the five piece maple/walnut neck (maple with two walnut stringers) and walnut body sides, all covered with tung oil. its really a beautiful bass in my opinion. I sould suggest trying to find a used one though, and playing it before you buy one. they have a feel all their own to them. To me, mine feels very "organic". i think thats the best way i can put it. The woods give it a very deep warm tone. Thats what i wanted. Of course its fretless, so you may have different results. If you do go carvin, I would suggest either to get the P sereis option, and switch out the HB pikcup with a duncan or bart, or to just get the two H50N stacked humbuckers, or the two J99 single coils. those arent bad pickups... i dont mind the HB, but others seem to hate it. either way you can always return it within 10 days after recieving it, so you can try it out. I didnt return mine, but ive heard they are very weasey to work with. either way good luck. I would also agree on the yamaha too though... they are great instruments. I havent played that model but I would give that a serious consideration too. I havent played any of the higher end deans. good luck!
     
  5. FalsehoodBass

    FalsehoodBass

    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    hey.. i second giving the carvin some consideration... i have the lb75 w/ a handful of options and i think its great... the electronics do leave much to be desired, but the playability is great... w/ the money you save, just drop a seymour duncan mm replacement in there.. you'd have to do some routing, but IMO it'd be worth it..

    but that yamaha looks really nice too, and i bet the piezo's are a nice touch... i can't help but think how much it looks like a p-bass lyte... also a cool bass..
     
  6. ...and have very tight string spacing, at least in the case of the Dean. I have another Czech-made Dean 5 (Edge Custom 5) that is well-made, but not particularly playable unless one has very small hands.
     
  7. I second Panterafan on the Spector NS5CR
     
  8. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Spector NS5CR, or if you would consider used, a Peavey Cirrus 5. IMHO both of those beat the pants off of a Carvin, and no electronics transplant is necessary.
     
  9. hujo

    hujo

    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    I don't know about the Cirrus, but doesn't the Spector have fairly tight string-spacing? 16,5 mm if I remember correctly..
     
  10. Tim Schnautz

    Tim Schnautz

    Jan 30, 2000
    I just added a Zon Sonus Custom fretless 5 string to my arsenal, bringing the total to 6 basses. Yeah, I still want more, but it is hard to play all of the ones that I have now


    hey Jeff,
    I clicked your gear page.
    Looks like you've got a good start

    Tim
     
  11. For less than a $1000 for a bass you should get the bass made bass in that price range and not worry about string spacing IMO. Like everything else in life, you'll get used to it. Also, if you master the slap technique on a smaller string spacing, you get better speed. Of course a used Spector NSCR5 bass (I own 2 of these along with a 4 and I have no problem with slapping, just takes practice) is a wise choice. As far as new goes, the Cirrus along with the Dean Edge Improv and the Brian Moore i5, you just can't go wrong with them.
     
  12. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Thanks!:)

    I have a tiger eye Cirrus Custom 6 that hasn't been added to the page yet. I am very happy with my setup, the only thing that I want bass wise is a Bag End 1x15 to use with my Metro combo.

    Then it's time to start working on home recording gear.:eek:
     
  13. the spector looks sweet but, like I said I really want the wide string spacing. I have a MIA b.c. rich 5 bolt on neck, and I like it all except the string spacing. its fine if you're playing with a pick, but I like a little more room when I'm playing with my fingers.

    I love dean guitars, I have a edge 4, a MLX7, and I bought my wife a performer acoustic.

    that yami looks sweet but this whole thing is still in the planning stage, I'm not ready to jump on a bid right now. still want to do a lot of research. I'm gonna write that model number down and keep it in mind.

    the brian moore i5 looks cool, looks like tight spacing on them stings though.

    that peavey is lookin good, I can't find any mesurments on the spacing though, can't tell from the pics how close the strings are.

    I don't mean to sound picky but, a thousand bucks is a lot of money for me right now, and I want to try and get whats best for me.
     
  14. phogchris

    phogchris www.scarsoflife.com

    May 27, 2000
    Boca Raton, FL
    I would go with the Peavey Cirrus, i think the nut is at least 1.75" wide, it is very good, and is similiar in nut width to my Modulus....this bass is awesome all around!!!
     
  15. I got and asthton 5 string for 600 AU. good deal and great sound, neck thru.
    check out the site

    www.ashton.au.com
     
  16. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Denver, Colorado
    The DeArmond Pilot Deluxe might be a choice.
     
  17. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    If he can find one.

    Chump stain, the spacing on the Cirrus is wider than a Spector, but not as wide as a Yamaha. On the models with the ABM bridge, the spacing is adjustable, but of course you can't make the neck any wider if you like really wide spacing.
     
  18. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Denver, Colorado
    I know where there are a few here in Denver. They're at Guitar Center. I think Musician's Friend has a few also. Neither place has them at the blow out price. They are going for about $600.00. I could have gotten that bass for $329.00 when Sam Ash was blowing them out. I'm kicking myself as I write this post. :(