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Best 5 String For Under $1500?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassNGuns, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. BassNGuns


    Aug 20, 2010
    Come on folks, let's hear it!
    I'm looking for something with a thin neck too.
    No tree trunks. ;)
    Thanks in advance.
  2. BNM


    Feb 4, 2006
    Queens, New York
    Depends on what you mean by a thin neck, but if I were you I'd see about getting a used Spector Euro 5. They're beautiful basses which sell for $2000 new but can be had for around $1000 if you keep an eye on CL and ebay. I'd be hard pressed to call the neck thin, but I wouldn't say it's a tree trunk either. If you have a music store near you, try one out.
  3. G RICH 5

    G RICH 5

    Dec 19, 2006
    Music Man Stingray 5
  4. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Brand New? Fender American Standard Precision V.
  5. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Inactive

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    [completely subjective opinion here]

    <flame war>
  6. JSK5String


    May 19, 2008
    Littleton, CO
    +1 I also LOVE my MIM Deluxe Active 5-String Jazz
  7. carbonfold

    carbonfold Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2006
    Dallas, Texas
    +1 on that lol...

    But I would give a shout out to the Music Man Sterling 5 HH. Quality across the board.

    The neck is one of the best in my book. Much thinner neck than the AmFDJ V and very comforable.
  8. Akshat


    Dec 7, 2007
    New Delhi,India
    Keeping the Groove staying out of Treble
  9. Get yourself a used MM. Sterling, Ray or Bongo. All 3 on the classified's here currently.
  10. kjpollo


    Mar 17, 2008
    +1 to Carvin, also G&L L2500 trib and Lakland 55-01 are great values!
  11. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    +1, If you are talking new basses, I would say Carvin although lots of Lakland Skylines run under $1,500 too.
  12. BassNGuns


    Aug 20, 2010
    Thanks so far folks.
    Ya, I've been looking at the Lakland Skylines.
    I heard a guy playing a 55-02 and sounded awesome.
    The bodies look kind of thick, but I'll check em out.
    Any other opinions on like Schector or Warwick?
    Also, what I mean by thin is more like depth instead of width.
  13. datsaxguy


    Oct 28, 2008
    +1 With these bases new, MTD Kingston, Zon Sonus are nice also

    Used: Fender Marcus Miller 5 string, Lakland DJ5, pop now and then.

    I would be patient save a couple extra dollars and get a Nordy VJ5 used.
  14. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    I love my squier affinity, currently with Fended NSC, audere preamp and lorider, total investment $ 200
  15. Ibanez Soundgears have thin, fast necks. The Soundgears begin in the low-mid hundreds and go up from there. For $1500, you can pick up one of the Prestige line of Soundgears.

    The BTB series is supposed to be the next step up from the Soundgear line but I don't own a BTB so I cannot comment on the neck.
  16. New: Lakland Skyline, EBMM,
    Used: Valenti (if you're lucky to see one at that price but it does happen), Peavey Cirrus
  17. Lakland Skyline DJ5
  18. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Lakland Skylines.
  19. I freaking LOVE my Peavey Cirrus USA 5, got it for $850 and it beats out my Warwick Corvette Std. 5. Now tomorrow my Thumb NT 5 will be arriving, and we'll see how that ends up :D

    The best luck I've had with 5's in the price range you're looking at have been Ibanez SR series basses and my Cirrus. I obviously rather like Schecters, but if you have $1500 to spend, you can do better IMHO; they are great for the price, but once you start looking a little more expensive, the electronics can't usually keep up. I've only ever played one Lakland and don't know the model, but it was very nice and a 5 to boot! I've only played EBMM basses at stores, and I'm currently restraining myself from buying one :D
  20. Wild_Cat


    Feb 14, 2009
    Montréal, QC
    If you want a thin neck, Ibanez is where it's at. I own a SR4005 (Prestige series -- made in Japan), which falls right at the upper bound of your budget (I bought it new for 1500&#8364;) and it's a brilliant instrument.

    Electronics-wise, it has Bartolini pickups (custom design based on MK2's, I believe) paired with a 3-volt preamp (running at unity gain -- yes, it's weird having 2 AA batteries in my bass, but it works ;) ) with 3-band EQ (and a mid-Q knob), which gives you a pretty wide range of tones.

    As for playability, it has a thin, ridiculously fast neck, with excellent treble access. 34" scale. One thing you need to keep in mind though, is that the string spacing is pretty tight -- 16.5mm. It's great for fast fingerstyle playing, but it makes slapping more difficult.

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