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5-string question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Metallkasten, Jun 24, 2003.


  1. I know I should search, but with the overwhelming amount of topics I just couldn't weave through them.. I was wondering if the Stingray 5 was a good bass for a first 5-string. I played on them before, but have never owned one. How wide (or narrow) is the neck? My hands are kinda small and I don't know where to go try one out where I live. I suppose if you gave me a good place to try that would be enough help.
     
  2. switchblade

    switchblade Guest

    May 31, 2003
    London, England, UK
    I hear they are a pretty good make of bass and I've played one before it had a nice feel to it. Its a cool bass :bassist:
     
  3. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Stingrays have a precision bass-style neck. It's bigger than a jazz bass. With the fifth string, the Stingray 5 is a pretty fat neck, but it's perfectly playable by people with small hands. Find a five string P-bass or an Ibanez BTB with five strings for a good feel of the neck.
     
  4. Thanks, that helps a lot :D
     
  5. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    The 'Ray 5 neck is the 'worst of both worlds' IMHO. It is chunky, like a P bass, but narrow, like a Jazz bass. Uncomfortable neck, and the strings are too close together for aggressive slapping.
     
  6. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Heavy bass (10+ lbs.), club-like neck. No sir, I'd say some breed of Jazz Bass is better as a first fiver. 'Cept maybe the Fender Roscoe Beck, which is a superb bass, but the neck is a touch wide. Yep, Jazz Bass.
     
  7. Obsolex

    Obsolex Guest

    Nov 17, 2002
    This probably won't help you... But I have never liked any Ernie Ball bass, not that they are not nice... But I don't really like the feel, and the hollow sound you get out of them. The neck is a little to big, and especially with a 5... Try a 5-p or the BTB like whoever ^ there said..
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  8. Scott D

    Scott D

    Apr 21, 2003
    Minneapolis, MN
    Except they don't really make 5 string P-basses... except for the american deluxe ones which sound like crap. Fender actives suck IMHO.
     
  9. abaguer

    abaguer

    Nov 27, 2001
    Milford, NJ
    Carl Thompson (esteemed luthier) once told me that the MusicMan's were the best off the rack basses you could get. I know recording engineers love them.
     
  10. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    'Ray 5 build quality and tone are excellent, but the playability is what prevents me from buying one (string spacing too narrow).
     
  11. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I actually find the contrary: for the most part the thing that keeps me from playing five string basses is the narrow string spacing. Considering I have small hands, a fat neck is too big, but a jazz neck is too narrow. A Stingray 5 fits me just like a glove.

    Haven't played one in a while, gonna go play one when I pick up my Stingray 4 in a few hours :)
     
  12. I'm trying to move away from fenders, I want something with a lot of growl. The neck is rather important as my hands are a little small. There was nothing very appealing at guitar center..
     
  13. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Give a Stingray a whirl, plenty of growl. Also make sure you try it with the amp you're going to be using. My SR400's are great, growl through my GK stack, but can be quite mellow through other amps.

    Also might want to try an OLP Stingray, not quite the real deal, but the best damn copy you can get for about $250.
     
  14. The SR5 is the highest rated 5 string factory bass according to BP magazine. Of course, I love them not because someoen told me to but because they play so well. The string spacing CAN be tight, but for small hands it's fine. I know I hardly notice a difference when playing fingerstyle or slapping. The biggest difference between a 4 and a 5 string for me was the weight, but comparatively the SR5 is light. I know lots of Jazz that are 2-3 pounds heavier, so saying that 10 pounds is heavy for a 5 string is stupid unless you compare it to an Ibanez Ergodyne or something.

    The SR tone isn't for everyone, but more then any Fender I have played it really stands out in a song, and cuts through the other instruments so you can actually hear the bass, not sort of hear it as it blends into everything else. If you like the tone I'd say get it, but I might call it a little pricey for a first 5 string unless you were planning on really concentrating on 5 string.
     
  15. adouglas

    adouglas

    Jun 23, 2003
    Bridgeport, CT
    Can't comment on the Sting Ray, but I can give you some insight on playing 5 strings with small hands. My left hand measures 7-1/4" from the crease of my wrist to the tip of my middle finger, which is pretty small.

    I have two Carvin 5 strings, a LB75 and a BB75 (the latter has wider string spacing up high, and therefore a wider neck).

    Neither one is a problem for me at all. Generally speaking, you probably won't be using the low B all *that* much anyway... too much thunder down there to use all the time, but when you need it it's GREAT. So you don't spend a lot of time and effort screwing around with that fat string, which means that you won't be stressing your hand very much.

    It does help if you're in the habit of holding the neck up at a reasonable level (e.g. my headstock is about at eye level when I play). if you're a poser who insists on hanging your bass with the body at your knees and the headstock at hip level, you're out o' luck.

    Hope this helps...
     
  16. I love my stingray it has the perfect slap sound; however, I findwith my size of hands that the Roscoe Beck is better for me because of the spacing.
     
  17. RicPlaya

    RicPlaya

    Apr 22, 2003
    Whitmoretucky MI
    Check out the thread "Best 5 string basses"
     
  18. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Now that's a matter of opinion. The American P Deluxe is one of the best sounding Fenders I've ever played. See my profile for others I own and play.
     
  19. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I think the SR5 is a really nice bass. I owned one for a while but the string spacing was too narrow for my liking. IMO, it didn't feel bat like or chunky.
     
  20. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    If someone thinks 10lbs is heavy for a bass that's cool. It's their opinion. Calling someone stupid because you disagree with their opinion is not cool. <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/images/icons/icon13.gif">