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5 string purchase dilemma...do older 5er's have design issues?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jbalou02, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. jbalou02


    Mar 8, 2010
    Hey, I'm looking for that Thunderbird sound on a 5er, but it seems the whole world is all sold out of Studio 5's.

    I'm looking at a Gibson Bass V that is said to have the Tbird vibe, TB pickups...it sounds like it might fit what I'm going for. But - it was made in 1987, and I've read that often the low B strings are way floppy even on high end axes in the 80's.

    Does anyone have experience with this bass or one like it? It'd have to be a sight unseen purchase, so all the info I can gather before hand would be much appreciated.

    Thanks for your advice!
  2. LaklandBass


    Jan 26, 2005
    Jackson Concert V bass is awesome if you can find one.

    or........ a Stingray 5 HH has a TON of tones and a wonderful B string.
  3. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Inactive Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Find a EBMM SUB 5 - - the can be had for under $600 used.
  4. jbalou02


    Mar 8, 2010
    Theres a sub 5 in the classifieds for $550...not sure thats going to get me ther barking tone I'm looking for though. I've never owned a EBMM but I've always been under the impression that they were giving up more of a funky tone than the rock growl of a TBird?

    Any view on the older 5's being rattly?

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