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Best 5 string Jazz bass under $2000

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassworship1, May 22, 2020.


  1. Bassworship1

    Bassworship1 Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2013
    Jackson
    I’m wanting to add a Jazz bass to my lineup and wanting a JJ setup. What is some of the best basses out there in the $2000 and less range?
     
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  2. Lowend65

    Lowend65 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2006
    San Jose, CA
  3. Not a traditional Jazz bass design, but I'm going warwick thumb.
     
  4. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    kiesel for sure. i replaced my 70's f bass vf5 with an ash/maple carvin jb5 and havent missed the f bass. they default 70's spacing, but 60's is an option if you order.
     
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  5. lowdownthump

    lowdownthump

    Jul 17, 2004
    Used Sadowsky or Fender Elite or Roscoe Beck .
    Sire can be had new for way less money.
     
  6. Lots of basses in that range, especially used: Fender, Sadowsky, maybe even a Lull. Lakland makes a great line of Jazz basses if you like 35" scale. Dark horse candidate: If you can find a used Wilkins bass in that range you would likely be very, very, very, very happy.
     
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  7. JRMK

    JRMK

    May 28, 2007
    Lull, AtelierZ, Fender Elite, Roscoe, Lakland, Kiesel, Sadowsky Metro, Bacchus, Pedulla Rapture, Bassmods. On tad pricier side of things maybe F Bass or Nordy. Sometimes I think there's more of those who make J basses than those who don't!
     
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  8. alembicbones

    alembicbones

    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    Lot's of great options out there in that price range. If I were in your situation, I probably would go for a used Sadowsky. I've owned a Metro and currently own a NYC. Both have been great basses. One note, I really prefer single coils. This option might be difficult to come by in a used Metro. If I recall, most Metros have the Sadowsky Hum Cancelling pickups. You might prefer the HC's over the SC's, which would make this point moot, but I thought I would mention it.

    All this being said, there have been great suggestions in this thread. I hope you find an awesome jazz bass.

    Happy Hunting,
    Bones
     
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  9. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    I've got a Bacchus Woodline 5 with Sadowksy pickups and a Nordstrand preamp. Paid half of your budget. I would do that again in a heartbeat.
     
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  10. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Shop well, and you can find a previously owned Mike Lull in that price range.
     
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  11. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    If you are talking new or used Keisel or Carvin, it will be very hard to beat the quality. Keisel’s are heavier than boutiques, but you can have them chambered for a $500 upcharge. In terms of wood work, fret work and electronics, Keisel is just as good head to head as any bass I have played, and I have played a lot of basses.
     
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  12. FantasticFour

    FantasticFour

    Dec 14, 2013
    Europeland
    My personal faves are
    Vintage tone : G&L J5
    Contemporary : Atelier Z
     
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  13. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Nobody mentioned Xotic yet, they make some slick J basses that are in that range used

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  14. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    Philadelphia
    For new, G&L JB-5 and Sandberg spring to mind. I have the G&L with a lightweight empress body, and it sounds great. I wish it had the optional 12" radius instead of the standard 9.5" though, and I might sell it to get a J5 with a flatter fretboard.
     
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  15. FantasticFour

    FantasticFour

    Dec 14, 2013
    Europeland
    What exactly is it that you don't like about the 9.5" radius?
     
  16. SwitchGear

    SwitchGear Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2005
    Sunny Beach
    Love my MIJ Sadowsky Metro Express 5 string J. $1975 brand new.
     
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  17. TideSwing

    TideSwing

    Oct 31, 2014
    Las Vegas
    Do you mean for metal?
     
  18. pappabass

    pappabass Suspended

    May 19, 2006
    Alabama !! Roll Tide
    Make sure it is a active EQ
     
  19. nilorius

    nilorius Suspended

    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    Over 2000 - Fender professional.
     
  20. ad9000

    ad9000 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2004
    Leucadia, CA
    Worth considering also is a Moollon J-Classic V. They are very well crafted instruments and hard to beat for a vintage Jazz Bass vibe in a 5-string. I've had mine about five years. There aren't a lot of them floating around, but occasionally they pop up used. Ballpark used price seems to be $1700 - $2000.

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    Last edited: May 23, 2020
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