5 string recommendations?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ghastly, Oct 9, 2016.

  1. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    I know this is going to be widely subjective, but I'd like to hear some recommendations for right handed 5 string basses. Probably passive. Does the Thunderbird come as a fiver?

  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
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  3. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    Nice instrument. I played with the "bass builder" feature a bit. ;)
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  4. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    Mike Lull makes a 5 string Thunderbird that will knock your socks off.
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  5. Herrick


    Jul 21, 2010
    Munchkin Land
    Gibson made a 5-string Thunderbird but they seem quite rare. I think the body-size was a little smaller than the 4-string Thunderbird.
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  6. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    Interesting. I'm having a difficult time finding images of it though.
  7. A-Ro


    Mar 22, 2016
    West Texas
    The Kiesel PB5 is also passive. Mine should ship in around a week.

    I have a Carvin B50 (not made any more). They can be had pretty cheaply on the used market. It's a fantastic bass.
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  8. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    Any more ideas?
  9. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    I love my Fender Dimension Deluxe 5 and my MIA Precision V.

    They're fairly typical that they sound & play like Fenders and they sit well in the mix and have vibe and are comfortable and no-frills type instruments. Nothing flashy. Just getting the job done type players.
  10. Wow, so subjective. Mtd saratogas come with an active passive switch, go for that. Next step down in budget, fender am elite jazz 5 also with active passive switch, down from that G&l l2500 or tribute l2500 I think both have an active passive switch, down from that I really don't know...that covers $750 to $4000.
  11. jmattbassplaya


    Jan 13, 2008
    Modulus Quantum 5. Best B in the business.
  12. Soooo many variables:

    Do you want a 34" or 35" scale?

    String spacing: 16mm? 17mm? 18mm? 19mm?

    Single or double pickups? What config? P? P/J? HH?

    Light? Heavy? Does it matter?

    Most important: What's yer budget?
  13. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    Good follow-up questions!

    Budget up to maybe $1500, active or passive ok, weight not an issue, probably 34" scale, no opinion yet on pickup type and string spacing.
  14. jlepre

    jlepre Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Cedar Knolls, NJ
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  15. There are many, many options at that price, especially used. US Fenders (not a fan myself but plenty of folks like them), Carvin new or used (I'm a fan of the simpler, non-Kiesel clown-puke versions, SB5000s can be passive and are amazing basses if you can find one). Stingray family, Valenti, Yamaha and others. You're only a few hundred away from maybe finding a Sadowsky Metro.

    But you gotta figure out what 'fits' as far as string spacing, etc...
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