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Affordable Medium Scale 5 String Basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JoeBassGuy17, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. This question may have been asked on the board before, but I figure it may be worth mine and anyone else's time. Are there any affordable (Sub $500) Medium Scale (32-33") 5 String basses available?
  2. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    The very nature of a budget 5 requires at
    LEAST a 34 scale to accommodate the B string.

    You have companies like Landing and Birdsong that do short and mid scale 5ers but they are anything BUT budget because apparently it takes talent to create a 5 string that sounds good under 34 scale.
    Kala U bass? It's micro scale...
  3. Thanks for the information. It seems like there are only short scale solutions (Ibanez Mikro, Fender Mustang), standard scale and long scale (Ibanez and Warwicks with 36" scale). It seems like an untapped market.
  4. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Is this thing on!? Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    64 Audio · DR Strings · Source Audio · Hipshot
    There is this one, but it's a 30" scale. I bought one for my young sons to learn on, and it's surprisingly good all around. I've considered playing a gig with it just for fun.
  5. Thanks for the recommend, that looks like a good choice as well. I know that Ibanez just released a 5 string version of their Mikro bass, but it would be nice to find one that wasn't in the 28-30" scale length, it's almost too close at times.
  6. I wonder if there are any other options aside from going the custom route with a luthier?
  7. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Keep your eye open in the classifieds here.
    I have seen a couple Birdsongs sell for good prices.
  8. Just a bump to this thread to see if anyone else has any suggestions on this topic.
  9. Mekana

    Mekana Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2009
  10. Just a bump to see if much has changed in the way of affordable medium scale 5 string basses, aside from short scale offers of Ibanez and ESP, and the Warwick Rockbass Medium Scale 5 string. Any other options out there?
  11. There was also a shortscale Brice 5er from Rondo.
  12. steelbed45

    steelbed45 TRemington Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2011
    Nolanville, TX
    I haven't found any. I was banking on the Warwick, but I've moved on to looking at another custom build. Of course, if you find something, please pass it along.
  13. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES
    Warmoth offers shorter scales now.
  14. LUpton

    LUpton Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2012
    Tampa, FL
    Probably too old for this sh--
    But no 5 strings shorter than 34"....
  15. Kevin aka Kebo

    Kevin aka Kebo Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2011
    Princeton NJ
    Owner - Kebo's Bass Works
    Its an untapped market for a reason....
  16. Just another bump to keep the discussion going if there are any basses I am not familiar with that will fit this segment of the market.