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Best 5 string 600$ and under?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dragzole, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. Looking for a 5 string on a budget, the schecters look nice, what would you recommend?
  2. Fish and teach

    Fish and teach

    Dec 25, 2012
    Riesel, TX
    I love my Peavey Cirrus 5 BXP. it was $250. Love the sound, plays great, and haven't had a single bit if trouble out of it. It is a 35" scale though but it's not a problem.
  3. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
  4. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    Instead of blindly picking a bass that is someone else's favorite, I will give some design criteria to look for:

    1) At least a three-piece neck for stability and damping of resonances (dead notes).
    2) 2 (B&E) + 3 (ADG) tuner arrangement so the B string doesn't bind over the nut or around the tuner, but has enough space for the string leader to tune the B string smoothly.
    3) Lightweight Hipshot, Gotoh or Schaller tuners.
    4) The "neck" pickup in proportionally the same position as the D-G segment of a Precision bass pickup to get the proper balance of fundamental and overtones on the B string.
    5) Longer upper horn to balance the bass against neck dive.
    6) Clean broad-band hum-cancelling electronics, whether active or passive, because Jazz growl doesn't necessarily equal clean when it gets to the B string and P thump doesn't necessarily mean solid fundamental and sustain.

    There are many basses on the market that meet these criteria, from my $279 on sale Ibanez SRA305 to the multi-thousand dollar offerings of Dingwall and Little.

    Shop a lot. Play a lot. If you see one you like, put it down and walk away from it and come back a couple of days later to see if you feel the same way about it then.

    Notice I did not say anything about nut width, bridge spacing, scaling, neck contour or body wood. This is because these are all personal preferences and good basses are out there with all variations on these themes.
  5. Y'all knew I would have to respond..

    Squier Jazz 5 Active @ $339 [or therabout now] You won't believe the tonal pallette of that bass..made a believer out of me...Got mine in 2009..still love it.

    Read my many..many reponses to this type of TB query..same story..more details.
  6. jthurston


    Nov 22, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    In addition to the active mentioned above, I also love my Squier Vintage Modified 70s Jazz 5 string. It's heavy and can feel a bit cumbersome if you're not accustomed to the Fender/Squier 5-string bulk, but I love its tonal range and playability. I think right now they're going for around $329.
  7. IGotGas

    IGotGas Cajun Rocker Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2011
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Prestige Wylde Bass.
  8. tomydacat

    tomydacat Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2009
    Spector Legend or Spector 2000/5