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Best 5 String for under $300 ? Fender MB-5?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by m0ranwad, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. m0ranwad


    Jan 29, 2013
    I'm currently selling my Made in Mexico Fender Stratocaster, which is worth (at the most) $300.

    However, I did get an offer for a trade. The trade would be for a Fender MB-5 made in Japan.

    I can't find a whole lot about this bass, and I'm wondering if I'm better suited taking the money and putting it towards a different bass.

  2. No, that Fender is a great bass. I was going to suggest a Yamaha BB425, but that Fender is probably of better quality.
  3. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper Yamaha & Grosbeak. I’m Marc!

    Jul 16, 2011
    East Meadow, NY, USA
    The MB-5 is a cool instrument! I had a nice one once. I would do the trade if the bass is in good condition.
  4. The MB5 has a really close string spacing. It was either 2 bridge or 2 neck pickups for a Jazz4 that fit it. Cant remember, but that was 6 years ago when I swapped em P & MB5.jpg
    The MIJ ones seemed to have more life in the sound, where the squire was pretty bland and noisy until a pickup swap.

    Id do it in a heartbeat if it was the real Fender one. Id ask for a little cash if it was the Squier version, but would probably still do it anyways. Those don't show up too often
  5. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper Yamaha & Grosbeak. I’m Marc!

    Jul 16, 2011
    East Meadow, NY, USA
    The string spacing is close like an Ibanez would be. It was also made in Fujigen like many older MIJ Ibanezes. It's like a Fendernez.
  6. m0ranwad


    Jan 29, 2013
    Like the idea of the close string spacing, as I play mainly fingerstyle.

    Thanks for the input
  7. JDLowEnd

    JDLowEnd Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2010
    Norwich, CT
    Like close string spacing? Want to spend $300? Please get the sterling by musicman sub5!!!
    Seriously I love mine, it's getting more play than my American deluxe jazz V!

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  8. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    You should play the SUB.
  9. MakoMan


    Oct 17, 2011
    Ottawa, Canada
    I had a Fender MB5. It was a nice bass and weighed under 7 lbs. Very easy on the back, but it certainly had some neck dive.
    The string spacing is narrow, but usable... nowhere near as narrow as the MK 5 string acoustic I owned. I could barely play the MK, but I had no trouble playing the MB5.
    I sold only because I realized I am not a 5 string player. The person I sold it to is a neighbor and a 5 string fanatic. He loves it to death and it's one of his favorite 5ers.
    If it is a Fender MB5 it's a fair trade. It's not a steal though. Fender MB5s are a bit rare, but when you do find one they're usually in $300 range.
    The Squier MB5s are nowhere near as nice as the Fender version. There are also a lot more of them around. I could have bought one last week for 50 bucks.
  10. Barca_bass


    May 22, 2011
    If you are open to other budget 5-string ideas, this is one you should probably consider. I cannot say anything about the Fender as I have never played one, but the sub5 is a very solid bass for its price. It his heavy though, and has a thick neck. If these are non-issues with you, it is worth considering.
  11. kavvmxuh


    Mar 5, 2013
    I was going to suggest a Yamaha BB425, but that Fender is probably of better quality.[​IMG]
  12. JDLowEnd

    JDLowEnd Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2010
    Norwich, CT
    Heavy? I find it to be very light, in fact it's much lighter than my fender. I even switched back to a regular sized strap instead of my wide guys. I do tend to keep the treble control nearly all the way up and the bass at mid, I wish there was more control in the treble control but the sound really cuts through in a band setting.
  13. Lonnybass


    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    The Fender MB-5 is a great bass, it was my first five string and the bass I played throughout the college era. Bought it in '96.

    I upgraded the pickups and installed an EMG preamp which really gave the thing some extra zing and really helped make the B string stand out (with a good setup, the B on this bass is plenty capable).

    String spacing is pretty narrow, somewhere in the neighborhood of about 16.5mm I believe, and at this point I much prefer the wider spaced 19mm five string basses.

    But it's served me well the last 10 years as a capable onstage backup and for those songs requiring an alternate tuning. And of course hanging onto it for sentimental reasons. :)

    Certainly an odd duck Fender and more Ibanez-ish than anything else, but unique and a good buy if you are comfortable with the neck.

  14. Barca_bass


    May 22, 2011

    Eh, it's heavy to me. I haven't weighed it so I don't know an exact number. Of course my main player is my Lakland 44-01 which is insanely light IME. I use a Neotech Mega Bass strap and I barely feel the Lakland. The sub5 starts to make its presence known after a while. However, I'm sure if you compared the sub5 to say an EBMM 5 or certain fender models (as well as many other brands) then it probably is light for a 5er.

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