Best affordable versatile 5-string?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DraVenSF, May 21, 2005.

  1. I'm currently upgrading my rig big time and have been wanting to add me a new 5-string bass but not looking to go past $1,000 like I did with my Warwick. Any suggestions?

    My style is all over but mainly roam in rock. But I'm looking for something versatile.

    I was looking into Ibanez and Schecter, mainly because of their low prices but have no experience with either.

    Let me know any suggestions, thanks in advance...
  2. clanner

    clanner Token Black Guy.

    Apr 27, 2005
    ummmmm, marietta GA
    my experiqnce with ibanez is mainly rock, but I've used it to play pop and reggae at my church, aswell as jamming.

    I don't know much about schecter though, there stufio stillettos are great tho. I have olayed the six string alot and olan on buying one, great basses.

    good luck and I hope this helped.
  3. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Banned

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao España
    Lakland skyline is a better optin in that price range.
  4. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    I got a custom U.S. made LeCompte ST-5 for just a few bucks more than your budget (pictured below). LeCompte is new to the custom scene and making very high quality stuff for VERY reasonable prices (trying to break into the market).

    I really cannot say enough great things about this bass. It literally right up there in terms of quality, build and looks as basses 2 - 3 times as much. Call Bud and see what he can do for you! I'd rather get a custom for my money vs a production model...

  5. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    A used StingRay 5 would be well under $1k...
  6. Chuck M

    Chuck M Supporting Member

    May 2, 2000
    San Antonio, Texas
    Godin Freeway 5. It is a wonderful bass for the money. Great playability and tone.


    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Thats pretty cool , enjoy :bassist: . Lakland Skyline and G&L would deffinetly be worth checking out.
  8. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    Best bass purchase I've *ever* made is a used Fender RB5 for $630 shipped. The reason I got it for less than market is because it's got some tarnish on it from humid conditions, and also a few dings (surprisingly few, though).

    The RB5 is amazingly versatile for a passive bass.
  9. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    Korean Spectors can be had for $350-500. Excellent basses for rock.

  10. Mike


    Sep 7, 2000
    MTD Kingston Active 5's, very nice "budget" basses. I always recommend a used Peavey Cirrus, well under a grand and worth more, IMO.
  11. Poon


    May 20, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Used Peavy Cirrus or Used Lakland Skyline (JO5, 55-02, 55-01, DJ)
    Depending on what type of music you play.

  12. I'm (somewhat) in the same boat, but I just can't deal with the dropoff in tension from the E to the B. I still haven't played a satisfying low B... Any suggestions for me to check out?