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Best 5 string bass for the modern rock sound; AIC, Alterbridge.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by James Lugo, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. James Lugo

    James Lugo

    May 29, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    I've been using a $400 Ibanez SR 705, sounds really good but I'm wondering what's the next level. This is for studio only. I have a Nash P also but it's to 'P`ish'. I love the bass sound on 'Brand New Start' by AB, something in that vein. Great for drop tuned stuff. Massive yet somewhat characterless. Something that will sink into the guitars and the track. I have a vintage SVT, Sansamp RPM, 8X10 cab etc...

  2. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    Well, Alterbridge uses a Sadowsky. AIC uses Spector/Warwick.

    I would start with something similar to those.
  3. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    I like the way you avoided the word 'metal'. :D
  4. mmbongo

    mmbongo Dilly Dilly! Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Spector is the only real answer here.
  5. musicianary


    Jun 23, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    Can't go wrong with Fender or MusicMan.
  6. epirokker


    Jun 27, 2012
    I absolutely loved my Schecter Diamond Series Stiletto V
  7. brumshine


    Apr 27, 2012
    OLP MM3, love mine, love the sound.
  8. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    For AIC, Spector all the way. Mike Inez uses a Warwick these days, but that's just a copy of a Spector NS-2.
  9. Well just because it has the same shape and pick up config. doesnt mean its a copy ;)
  10. I would have thought that any decent double humbucker bass would do nicely.
  11. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    For this application, I'd say Spector, Warwick, then Music Man, in that order - not necessarily for playability or quality of build, but for the stated tonal goals...

    - georgestrings
  12. Musicman is a pretty broad category lately. The Bongo, Big Al and Reflex share the bridge mechanics of the Stingray/Sterling but sound nothing like their forebears.
    My advice for the OP is to check out some Stingrays and Sterlings. But also to give a Bongo a shot. The 4 band EQ is pretty neat.
  13. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    It does :)

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