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Best 34" Inch Scale 5er for under $1K

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassman7PM, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. Bassman7PM


    Mar 13, 2006
    Chicago, IL
    I'm Looking to buy a 34" scale 5 string but want to keep the budget under a thousand dollars. Main consideration is a thin fast neck and obviously great tone. I play a lot of Contemporary Gospel, Jazz Fusion, Funk, Neo Soul and R&B. For the record I already have a Squire Active Jazz V but I'm looking something a bit different.
  2. Ric5

    Ric5 SUSPENDED Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    I bet you can find an Ibanez model that you will like.
  3. IGotGas

    IGotGas Cajun Rocker Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2011
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Check out an Ibanez BTB.
  4. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    EBMM SR5 would be a nice option, you can find them on the used market for that price.
  5. punkjazzben


    Jun 26, 2008

    The Ibanez SR505 is a good place to start :bassist:
  6. Bassman7PM


    Mar 13, 2006
    Chicago, IL
    Not a fan of MusicMan personally. I like the Ibanez BTB series but they're all 35" and the string spacing on the SR's are too tight. Gotta be 18-19mm spacing.
  7. javadog


    Mar 13, 2010
  8. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Nope. 35". I also find the SR500 to suck hard, I had a 506. Dark tone and terrible fretwork so it was either a sky high action or buzz city. The B string was very mediocre, the BTB is considerably better in the B string department. Carvin has the best B in your price range, the LB line is 34" as well as the SB5000 (I think).
  9. dedpool1052


    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    ibanez ATK or yamaha BB425/BB1025 or ESP surveyor.
  10. Wow. Nobody's mentioned a Carvin yet? If I were in the market, with a $1000 budget, I'd go used, for sure. Way more bang-for-your-buck.
  11. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Brubaker Brute smokes them all, and you'll have enough left over to get a new amp and a pizza.
  12. rojo412

    rojo412 MARK IT ZERO! Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    Good luck finding one available, but a STATUS ECLIPSE or ENERGY wood necked version. All the specs you want, a tone that is different than Fender, but fantastic for all of the genres you play.
    It would be under your budget for sure, they are just rarely for sale.

    Runners up would be other Fenders. There's a ton of cool stuff that they do and it's all good... but similar to the SDAJV, tonally.
  13. Bassman7PM


    Mar 13, 2006
    Chicago, IL
    Those Brubaker Brute Single Cutaways look very tempting.
  14. cableguy


    Jun 4, 2009
    North Bend, WA
    Other than a thin neck I think a used G&L L2500 would fit that bill.......Their necks aren't huge, but I wouldn't call them thin.
  15. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    Carvin SB5000s go for under a grand, used.
  16. scubaduba

    scubaduba Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Brute or Carvin SB5001
  17. rojo412

    rojo412 MARK IT ZERO! Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    Narrow bridge spacing though :meh:
  18. Although I've been very disappointed with new Ibanez stuff. If you take it out in cold weather, the woods may be so thin that they warp, and possibly make it unplayable.

    Can't speak for the basses, but spent a year trying to find the right acoustic guitar for the right price (under $500) and really liked how the Ibanez felt, sounded and stayed in tune...until I took it to a gig and the cold air outside immediately warped the neck making it unplayable.

    I had an Ibanez Strat copy (Roadstar) and an ES175 copy that were the best back in the late 70's. I bought an Ashula a couple of years ago as a fun bass, but won't ever buy another new Ibanez.

  19. Martin89


    Nov 8, 2010
    Glendale, AZ
    Unofficial Endorser: Ibanez, D'Addario, Zoom
    Ibanez ATK, 305 used or newer 805E. Great instruments, 305 is way under your limit and the 805E still under limit brand new. Heck play a new 205 as well, maybe the jazz neck pickup isn't for you.
  20. JeffLieby

    JeffLieby Supporting Member

    Dec 25, 2007
    Orange, TX
    Carvin SB5000 or B50 (With SB5000 Electronics)

    The SB5000 would have to be stock and with shipping and such would be a little over the $1000 mark.

    A B50 would be a very solid instrument, and would leave a little room in the budget for customization.