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best 6 string for under 2 grand

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tww001, Mar 30, 2006.

  1. tww001

    tww001 Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2003
    Telford, PA
    I'm looking to get a six string bass at the end of the summer, and am wondering if anyone has any suggestions. My budget will be around $2000 (maybe I'll go up to $2500 if I fall in love with one). The only 6-string I've played so far in that price range that I liked was a Spector Euro-6 (it was around $1800 or $1900). I'm borrowing a friends' Ibanez sound gear 6 right now, it's okay, but I don't particularly care for Ibanez all that much.

    Some of the criteria that needs to be met:
    -good craftmanship (no sloppy joints/ seams, etc)
    -tone versatility (active electronics)
    -relatively light weight (I have back and shoulder problems)
    -neck has to be comfortable
    -has to be good looking too!
  2. I've got a Yamaha TRB 6 II. Great bass which I would recommend trying !!

    Good luck. The search for a new bass is always exciting !!

    Cheers !!
  3. SharkB8


    May 29, 2002
    2 words.

    Used. Roscoe.
  4. Lo end PUNCH

    Lo end PUNCH

    Jan 28, 2005
    Le Compte
    used Warwick Thumb bolt-on
  5. chucko58


    Jan 17, 2002
    Silicon Valley, CA, USA
    I paid for all my gear myself. Well, me and MasterCard.
    Matt Pulcinella Level 6.

  6. kidgloves2


    Mar 27, 2006

    Either the Icon or the LB76. I used to have a LB76 and it was the most amazing bass I ever played/owned. Unfortunately I had to sell it. :(

    You can totally customize them from top to bottom. The LB76 starts at $950 and the Icon6 starts at $1250. You will not be disapointed...trust me.

    Here is the Icon:

    Here is the LB76:

  7. I say either a warwick thumb B/O 6 (you can get the wide neck with 20mm spacing as well) or a carvin LB76. You can get either for under $2000, the carvin is more versatile, but the warwick is just bad!!(trust me..ive got both)
    You could also go for a tobias Killer B 6 for $2,099(MAP)....and i just happen to be a tobias dealer............
  8. jzucker


    Feb 3, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    Make sure you try it standing with a strap. The warwick thumb 5 was totally useless to me standing due to how neck heavy it was. The 6 would only be worse...
  9. ehque


    Jan 8, 2006
    used zon sonus 6. i got mine for about 1500.
  10. Carvin LB76!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Check my signature for a sexy pic of one. (mine)
  11. britrit


    Jan 22, 2006
    +1 on the carvin. I'd say go with the Icon, with all the bells and whistles, and either save the rest of the money for later, or upgrade the amp.
  12. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    Designer: Beav's Graphics
    Half these replies don't meet 1/2 the critera of his original. A Thumb is heavy and a baseball neck...
  13. Dan Knowlton

    Dan Knowlton Sarcasm: Just ONE of the many services I offer! Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Palm Coast, FL
    I've seen used, plain MTD 635's go for $2500. I really don't think you could do better!

    Dan K.
  14. uglybassplayer


    Aug 24, 2001
    New Jersey
    Do you prefer wide (19mm+) spacing or narrower spacing?

    - Ugly.
  15. Used Roscoe or maybe a Cirrus.
  16. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    You have accurately described a Skjold 6, and I think you could slide one in at the top end of your price range if you don't go crazy with the wood choices.
  17. jzucker


    Feb 3, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    These threads always crack me up. When you get to the end of the thread, you will find that every conceivable 6 string bass ever made will be listed. :)
  18. bannedwit


    May 9, 2005
    Buffalo, NY
    Schecter Stilletto Studio? (neck through one) is great...

    Ebay also has some great Warwick bass 6 strings that are worth checking out.
  19. +1

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