Best 5 Strings Under 1k

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by brushfirewolf, Jun 7, 2020.

  1. brushfirewolf


    Nov 12, 2016
    I’ve seen other threads on this topic but they’re way outdated so here goes a 2020 reboot.

    Looking for opinions. Some criteria:

    -5 string Under $1000(obviously)
    -Active pickups, pref HH or double soapbar
    -Pref slim neck profile(don’t care about nut width)
    -Pref smaller string spacing. I’m comfortable with the stingray spacing(believe it’s 17mm)
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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Bridge spacing is slightly wider, but the Sire M7 might be worth a look:
  3. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Used Stingray5.
    Used G&L L2500
  4. brushfirewolf


    Nov 12, 2016
    Definitely looking at used stingrays. They all seem to be over 1k so far..
    G&L are awesome but the necks are a bit too chunky for me.
    Sire is on my radar but the Ms are a little too metal for me. I like a slightly more classic look.

    Top of my list right now would have to be lakland 55-01 but looking for more opinions.
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  5. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Seriously, unless you are talking about relatively rare US SUBs, there are very few Stingrays under $1,000 anymore. Sure, you can look high and low and maybe find one in two years, but my guess is that the OP wants to, start playing “while he’s young.”:)
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  6. brushfirewolf


    Nov 12, 2016
    Indeed. I found one for 999 but it’s got some horrible damages to the finish.

    Then again if I up my budget to 1200 I could find quite a few— including some specials.
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  7. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I think $1,500 is a good budget for a used Stingray although you can find good ones for $1,200, but the days of $800-$900 Stingrays as a regular thing are gone.
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  8. nonohmic


    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    Plenty in the Ibanez catalogue.
  9. Gsnorgathon


    Jan 15, 2020
    Sea Addle
    FWIW, StingRay5 string spacing is 17.5mm.
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  10. brushfirewolf


    Nov 12, 2016

    I’m willing to go as close as 16.5
  11. brushfirewolf


    Nov 12, 2016
    Got my eye on them also.
  12. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    I'm not sure which G&L fives you've tried, but they moved to a slimmer profile on the US models several years ago, which I discovered when shopping for a G&L five in early 2014. A local shop had two USA L-2500s, a brand new model and one from about 2010. The newer one had a slimmer profile, which I found much more comfortable. I think the import Tributes have the same neck specs as the US versions, because both are listed as having the "Medium C" profile with 1.75" nut width and 12" radius.

    So, point is, if you may have tried older G&L fives, it might be worth checking again.

    Also, I think the Yamaha TRBX basses are excellent for well under $1k new. String spacing is slightly wider than the G&L basses, but I find them comfortable and have considered one as a backup/alternate to my USA M-2500.
  13. I concur with @Nedmundo regarding newer G&L necks. I own an L-2500 Tribute and an M-2500 Tribute and the necks are perfect for me. I had a Squier VM-P5 which sounded great but the neck was too wide for my comfort.
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  14. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
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  15. songwriter21

    songwriter21 I have an obsession for wood. The musical kind. Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2005
    Pittsburgh-ish, PA
    Well, it's not exactly under your criteria, but I used to be the same way...soapbars, dual hh, and active only. My Yamaha BBP35 made me do a 180. A used Yamaha BBP35 would be your ticket...make an offer. It's a monster of a bass, trust me.

    Yamaha BBP35 Five String Bass - Midnight Blue | eBay
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  16. brushfirewolf


    Nov 12, 2016
    I have been looking at Yamaha but not this model. Doesn’t quite jive with me aesthetically. Heard they are really great basses though.

    I was checking out the MIJ basses. Found some used TRB1005 for good prices.
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  17. songwriter21

    songwriter21 I have an obsession for wood. The musical kind. Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2005
    Pittsburgh-ish, PA
    I changed my knobs and pickguard to my liking. Anyway, the TRB1005 is not Japanese, but Indonesian. Only the older, long-discontinued TRB5, 5II, 5P, and 5PII were Japanese...waaaaay better. They've skyrocketed in price over the last couple of years, though.
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  18. I read the title post as if you were looking for a set of strings, for a 5 string, but under a grand. Needless to say I very much so confused myself.
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  19. I've got a '98 MIJ TRB 6II. Can confirm.
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  20. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Patience and finding a used EBMM SR5 under $1k. Another $200 and a lot less patience.
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