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Active/Passive 5 string suggestions

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tommyr01, Dec 19, 2017.


  1. tommyr01

    tommyr01 Simma Down Nah ! Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Tucson, AZ, USA
    I have been looking around and researching (sub 1K) 5 string that are active and passive, although if I could get ahold of an EBMM reflex or 25th ann. again that would work.

    Two that really have my eye at the moment are the GL Tribute L2500 and the Yamaha BB735A....anyone have ideas of others to look at or opinions on the two mentioned ????
     
  2. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

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  3. Ampslut

    Ampslut

    May 15, 2017
    If you want a very solid jazz bass type sound, the Sire v7-5 string. It has the active/passive switch with a 3 band EQ with sweepable mids, and, a treble roll off that works in both active and passive. One of the most comprehensive EQ's I ever seen on a bass. Fit and finish is solid with good pickups and decent hardware. They make other 5 string basses too but, I only have experience with the v7-5 string

    V7 – Sire Webstore-USA
     
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  4. tommyr01

    tommyr01 Simma Down Nah ! Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Tucson, AZ, USA
    I do love the Sterlings !!... if it had an active/passive capability I’d be talking with the seller !
     
  5. tommyr01

    tommyr01 Simma Down Nah ! Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Tucson, AZ, USA
    I’m going to have to look into those, been curious about them !
     
  6. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    You could add a switch with little trouble

    Better yet... a push/pull pot
     
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  7. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I own an Ibanez TMB605, and I love it. It can run passive or two band active. It also has great Cary Nordstrand Design pickups. The first features the B string:. The second clip is Old School Slap:
     
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  8. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis


    Passive mode slapping. The TMB605 is priced $599.
     
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  9. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    I agree with the good dr. Those are impressive
     
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  10. tommyr01

    tommyr01 Simma Down Nah ! Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Tucson, AZ, USA
    I forgot about those !!!... thank you Doc!!!... excellent clips !!!
     
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  11. BassintheTRUNK

    BassintheTRUNK

    Sep 20, 2017
    My recommendation would be a Warwick Corvette $$ 5, I think it has a great versatile tone with the ability to vary between active and passive.
     
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  12. AdamK

    AdamK

    Jan 24, 2015
    Virginia
    Wow another one of these threads at the same time as the other. Again I say Lakland.
     
  13. BassAndReeds

    BassAndReeds

    Oct 7, 2016
    Yes, Lakland 55-02. Used of course.
     
  14. FunWithBass

    FunWithBass Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    I have really enjoyed my Sire M7 5-string. It is not as heavy as some 5-strings and has a lot of tone options.

    Here is the Sire M7 Club thread with all the technical details and more.
     
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  15. TheMaynorD

    TheMaynorD Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 28, 2013
    Oklahoma City
    While I have not personally used either, I have heard almost entirely positive reviews of both Sire basses and the ibanez Talman. I will say that modding the electronics on an ibanez turned out well for me the past 2 times I have done it. So picking up a nice mid range SR5 and throwing nordtsrands and an active/ passive preamp in it would not cost that much more and wouild yield a very solid instrument.
     
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  16. scuzzy

    scuzzy

    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    So many great options. I would take a hard look at a sire m7, but there is an extensive "winners" list.
     
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  17. tommyr01

    tommyr01 Simma Down Nah ! Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Tucson, AZ, USA
    Wow, these are some fantastic suggestions..... it really opens up my choices !!!!
     
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  18. Blues Bass 2

    Blues Bass 2 Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2001
    Davenport Iowa
    I agree with the Doctor , I love my Talman 605 . Great sound and playability . Listening to his clips pushed me over to it .
     
  19. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Yup and I agree Lakland.
     
  20. Lo-E

    Lo-E

    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    A used Lakland Skyline, a G&L Tribute 2500 or a Sterling by Musicman... you're not likely to go wrong with any of these. They're all quite good. Personally, I'd go for the Lakland for the string spacing (wider than the others) and the comfortable neck, but those are just my preferences.

    I don't know if Peavy's active basses allow a passive mode, but if they do, there are US-made Peavy 5s all over the used market for good prices and they are very well made basses.
     
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