Best 5 string

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by adashbass, Dec 5, 2005.

  1. adashbass

    adashbass Guest

    Nov 10, 2005
    Hi, im looking for my second bass. I have been playing 2 years and feel an upgrade to 5 strings is in order.
    Could anyone recomend a good 5 string for under $500
    Reliable/Good tone etc
  2. SFjonstarr

    SFjonstarr Guest

    Nov 4, 2005
    At that price point you won't be getting much. If I were you I would wait until you're able to make a bit more of an investment. If you could get together around $1000 you would probably be able to find a used 5 string at a quality level that you could be very happy with. Under that, not so much...
  3. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
  4. SFjonstarr

    SFjonstarr Guest

    Nov 4, 2005
    Oh, and your best bet for a relatively inexpensive, high quality 5 string would be to look for a used Music Man Stingray 5. Hope it helps.
  5. bville


    Aug 25, 2005
    Look for an Ibanez SR 500 series or higher. You might be lucky to find a new one for about $500 or a used one for a little less. They are very reliable and their tone is very good. Look for one with VariMid preamp or one with a three-band eq.

    Good luck.
  6. glivanos

    glivanos Supporting Member

    Jun 24, 2005
    Philadelphia Area
    For another $150-$200, you could pick-up a used Fender Roscoe Beck 5 string, which are excellent!!!
  7. tuBass


    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    If somebody here finds a 5 string stingray for less than 500 he going to have to beat me to it! That's a rare bird, I usually see them at $800 at best

    Schecter, yamaha and The Bass company have great "bang for your buck basses"

    The down sides?
    personally, I don't like the narrow spacing on Schecters, the electronics on the yamahas can be cheap and noisy (but they can be replaced), and TBC basses can't be found in a store where you can try before you buy
  8. west*coast*bass

    west*coast*bass Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Agoura Hills, CA
    You should look into the Yamaha BB415... It's passive and surprisingly well built for the money. I played one last week at Sam Ash and was shocked at how nice it sounded and how easily it played.

    Oh, and you can get one for less than $500.

    Not bad in my book...
  9. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    My recommendations are:

    $250: Squier Precision Bass Special V

    $450: Yamaha BB415 or Cort Curbow 5

    $500: MTD Kingston (passive)

    All of those basses sound great and are in your price range.
  10. Aj*


    Jun 14, 2005
    West Yorkshire, UK
    $600-$700 should pick you up a used Peavey Cirrus which will whoop anything mentioned in this thread already. 35" scale, neck through, good electronics, nice woods, excellently made. Best value basses ever.
  11. Yeah, BTB's are lovely basses!!
  12. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    I would recommend the Squire. 1 Main reason. You can upgrade and franken bass that thing all day for pretty cheap! Most of them are pretty good quality too. Heavier bridge, better pickups and you have an expensive bass for not to much.
  13. klocwerk


    May 19, 2005
    Somerville, MA
  14. adashbass

    adashbass Guest

    Nov 10, 2005
    Hey thnx to all of u, im gonna check out all those basses, and maybe try an Ibanez EDB605, i played one of them and they sound and feel sooo nice.
    I'll keep looking though for any quality instruments second hand
  15. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    My first bass was an EDB605 - They're pretty nice basses. Personally, I could never get past the fact that it is not made out of wood (It's a Luthite body) But the feel was fantastic and the finish was very durable and nice looking. I found the tone of the EDB to be a bit "modern" but there was definitely a wide range of tines available with the dual soap bars and onboard 3 band EQ. It would take a nice low action set up and the neck was super stable. Ergonomics and playablity were unbeatable and I like the appearance as well. My EDB never gave me a problem. It just wasn't the bass for me.
  16. mobax


    Dec 31, 2002
    New Baltimore, MI
    I believe you need to be a paying member to sell gear on this site.
  17. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001

    I'm not selling gear. I have no affiliation with that store or that bass. I just happen to shop that site myself and I saw that bass and thought it was a good 5er for under 500 - it's the one I'd go for if I was wanting a 5. I'd be happy to delete the post if violates forum rules.
  18. Last year I acquired a Washburn Lyon 5 string for WELL under 500. It sounds really great. It was a pawn shop find, but I'm willing to bet you could find a similar deal. It really is a nice sounding bass and didn't break me, either.
  19. Jayb118


    Dec 6, 2005
    Isle of Wight
    Wesley B305 is a very nice 5 string it was the bass i brought when i upgraded from a 4 string. I won it brand new on Ebay for £110 or you could buy from the website but you will have to import from the UK.
  20. troll


    Aug 31, 2000
    Chicago area
    I'll second the used cirrus notion. Nothing else mentioned touches the value and tone in the price range.