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best 5 string under $1000?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ACLerok, Dec 17, 2002.

  1. ACLerok


    Dec 17, 2002
    i'm looking for a new bass this christmas. specifically something that is 5string. i've been playing my fender american p bass for a couple years and i think its time for a change. so, what is the best 5-string under $1000?
  2. A new Lakland 55-02 should run about $1000 - MF sells them for $1119 and I think there are a couple of people around here who might be able to do a little better.

    PM Gard, Dude or Adrian Garcia and see what they can do for you.
  3. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Lakland imports are nice, but IMO so are the MTD import fivers. You can get an MTD Kingston five for around $500.
  4. TRU


    Apr 12, 2002
    Northern Europe
    Ibanez BTB's are very nice for the money. More bang for buck than Kingston IMO.
  5. snyderz

    snyderz Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    Used minty Stingrays go for $800-900.
  6. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    MTD Kingston vote here. Killer 5 for usually less than $450, IIRC. And one HELL of a B string. The lakland has a wider range of electronic possibility, but it's playability and it's B string can't touch the Kingston.
  7. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    i really like the cort artisan A5
  8. Bass Kahuna

    Bass Kahuna

    Dec 3, 2002
    West Lafayette, Indiana
    Luthier, Custom Builder
    You can snag yourself a Carvin 5 string for well under $1000, and if you check their "guitars in stock" section they have a bunch of really nice 5'ers already built and ready to go, some of them with figured flame or quilt tops for right at or under $1000. They have a really nice LB75 up there with a swamp ash body and classic sunburst for $800.

    Or, have them custom build you one with your choice of woods and options (wide asym neck, etc.).

    They have a 10 day no questions return policy too.

    I love my Carvin 6 string. I've had it for 10 years.
  9. jcadmus


    Apr 2, 2000
    Ditto. Best factory basses available in the price range, IMO.

    I got my LB75 -- custom color, straploks, case, shipped -- for under $900 several years ago, and they're still very reasonably priced.
  10. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    peavey cirrus
    lakland 55-01
    fender deluxe active jazz
    mtd kingston
    ibanez btb
    ibanez sr405
  11. Joelc73

    Joelc73 Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2000
    New York
    I just got a Reverend Brad Houser. It's well under $1000 and plays and sounds wonderful. It's an amazing value. I would highly recommend it.
  12. I will still say the MTD Grendel is the best for this price range, but Skylines are just as good. I've played a Carvin, not sure if it was in this price range, and it was really good as well. I think the trend is going to this price range with a lot of manufactures. Now you can find great basses at or even under 1K now. There's no need to spend 2K on a bass now when you can buy great basses for less than 1K.
  13. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Lakland 55-01 and MTD Kingston 5.
  14. niomosy


    Nov 9, 2002
    Another vote for the Ibanez BTB's. I'd suggest the BTB 1005.
  15. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Is the BTB1005e under $1000?
  16. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    There are tons of nice fivers under a G. Most all of them in fact.

    To add one that has yet to be metioned in this string, the G&L L2500.

    I liked mine. Plenty of tones. Very-well put together.
  17. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    I dont know about in Texas, but here they run for over a grand. $1300-$1400
  18. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    That's what they go for here too. Niomosy, those are not under $1000.
  19. niomosy


    Nov 9, 2002

    Here's what I've found when I was pricing them out...

    BTB 1005. $995

    Haven't dealt with this store before but their shopping cart seems to have no problem putting the 1005 in there at $995.
  20. chagrin


    Oct 27, 2002
    Jackson makes a nice fiver. You should be able to get on for around $400-500.