Best 34" Scale 5 string?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fragernackyl, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. fragernackyl

    fragernackyl Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2011
    I'm going to sell my Modulus Q5. I just can't get used to 35" scale. Too much reach for my little hands and the strings are just too tight like steel rods. Not my thing. My backup bass is a G&L L2500 Tribute and I find it way more comfortable to play so it's become my main bass for now.

    So what in your opinion is the best 34" scale 5 string?
  2. Mola Ram

    Mola Ram

    Jan 18, 2010
    If you dig passives I'd throw a vote in for the Yamaha BB1025X (or if thats a bit too 'spensive then the 425X).
  3. Up the dose

    Up the dose

    Mar 10, 2013
    Stingray or Sterling.Take your pick.
  4. 73jbass

    73jbass Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2004
    Anything Music Man.Fenders are great too. I just got an American Deluxe Jazz 5 and it's right up there with my Bongos and Sterlings.
  5. mmbongo

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

    What's wrong with your G&L?
  6. warwick... Excellent
  7. fragernackyl

    fragernackyl Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2011
    Nothing wrong with the G&L, but I'm looking to get something special in a 34" scale.
  8. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    L2500s are pretty awesome. If you like the modulus try to trade for a flea5 maybe ... old spector ns5, warwicks, sadowsky, all great ... Stingray 5 is enough like an l2500 that i dont see the point there.
  9. Best 34" 5 stringers I've owned (and I've owned puh-lenty):

    Wilkins Roadtested P/J5 (18mm)
    Carvin B25 (19mm)
    Carvin SB5000/B50 (19mm)

    All have great B's and are insanely comfortable to play. If you can get over the snob-factor on Carvins, they are, IMHO, among the very best 34" 5 stringers available, especially for the money and with the customizable options. Actually, I'd put these up there with/past the 35" scales I owned (plenty of them, too).
  10. GRoberts

    GRoberts Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Tucson, AZ USA
    Nordstrand VJ5C. Game over.
  11. Systolic

    Systolic Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    Have I played A TON of 5'ers? No. But of the dozen or so brands/models that i've spent a decent amount of time with, Warwick has had the best B string as a whole. Tone likability is subjective. Not to mention you can really set intonation and string spacing to your exacts needs with that crazy bridge system.
  12. Sadowsky.
  14. DrumsAndBass

    DrumsAndBass Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2011
    San Diego, CA
  15. I have to agree with one of the early posts in the other thread.

    Get a used Pedulla.
    I've been playing my 6er for almost 20 years (good lord, I'm getting old...), and for a 34", the B string is super sold sounding. No flop/rattle. MVP for the win.
  16. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    There are many great 34in scale five strings with tight articulate B's. Seems like Nordstrand basses have consistanly had great B strings, and I've played a lot of them.
    Nice rolled fingerboards like the old Fender's too.
  17. Kael


    Dec 26, 2004
    Oklahoma City
    Nordstrand VPJ5 game won in overtime...

    Seriously, what are you looking for? Modern vs passive tone? String spacing? Do you need to get an instrument with a more traditional appearance? How much weight are you kosher with? etc...
  18. fragernackyl

    fragernackyl Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2011
    I'm looking for fairly modern time. Passive or active. I love the sound of Zon and Ken Smith. A 34" scale Zon Sonus might just be the ticket. I'd probably trade my Q5 (and some cash probably) to get a Zon.
  19. GRoberts

    GRoberts Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Tucson, AZ USA
    Zon might sound a little more organic. but Q5 > Zon seems like a lateral shift. not all that different. Anybody else?