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Best "Low B" on a 34" scale Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ionic Eye, Aug 5, 2002.

  1. Ionic Eye

    Ionic Eye

    May 13, 2002
    Columbus, OH
    Hi; that subject line was a confusing one to word!

    At any rate, what 34" scale Bass do you think has the best Low B string? How about two categories, regardless of price and, say, $1200 and under?

    Any responses would be appreciated; I was thinking 35" all the way, but now I'm wondering, of course... Peace, Matt
  2. Jeff in TX

    Jeff in TX Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2000
    Lone Star State
    I love the "B" on my Sadowsky - very strong and articulate all the way up the fretboard.

    Also, the "B" on the Zons I've played is very articulate. You can sometimes find used Zons in the $1200 range.

  3. My picks for 34" B-String heaven are:
    Any Price: Sadowsky
    Under $1200: Stingray 5 or G&L L-2500.

    Actually, I find the SR5's B string to be as good or better than the Bs on basses costing many times more (many of them 35" scale.....). The Sadowsky 5er I played blew my mind :D
  4. Harpo


    Feb 1, 2001
    Kings Park NY
    I vote for the Stingray5
  5. For clarity: Zon Sonus series
    For big booty: my FBB
  6. phogchris

    phogchris www.scarsoflife.com

    May 27, 2000
    Boca Raton, FL
    I also vote for the Stingray. I love them, but the body is way too big for a short dude like myself...
  7. 1 more vote for a stingray or G&L 2500.

    equally good B's.

    stingray has more 'mojo', for lack of a better word.

    G&L2500 has plenty of tonal options and booty.
  8. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Still haven't heard a better 34" B:

  9. Under $1200: Sting Ray 5
    Any price: Sadowsky (duh) :D
  10. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    hell, i think the ray 5 b is better than the sad b.
  11. 34": Zon or Stingray
    Best overall: F Bass (34.5" scale)
  12. Rock City

    Rock City

    Apr 8, 2001
    Hate to be a WEENER.......but I've now owned 3 Sadowsky 5's and find their B not so charming. What do you guys hear that I don't? I think NARUD's got a winner. I'm not nuts about the 'Ray 5's overall tone, but every one I've played had a nice, tight B that spoke well.
  13. pd_5string

    pd_5string Admin: Accnt Disabled

    Jan 23, 2002
  14. Darrelpr


    Feb 2, 2002
    Texas, USA
    Modulus Flea5. Very tight sounding/feeling B. (I'm going out on a limb and thinking that composite necks may give you a little more of an edge in a 34" scale model).

  15. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    hey, at least im not hearing things. someone actually agrees;)

    the fodera 34" scale b string is equally not that hot. just because its high end doesnt make it good.

    the f b string is great two but i think all the 5's are 34 1/2. at least my fretless is.

    when i owned my lakland a while back, i owned a ray 5 at the same time and all i kept hearing was how great the lak b string was. the ray had a b that was only slightly less taut, but had just as much focus and clarity in the low notes.
  16. in summary, try out:

    Flea Bass (good thought...)

    and Brad's weird thing... ;-)
  17. virtual.ray


    Oct 25, 2000
    Every German made Warwick I've ever tried had a very good sounding B string,I've not tried the Rock basses however.
    The Sting Ray 5's B string is also commendable.
  18. Darrelpr


    Feb 2, 2002
    Texas, USA
    Ionic Eye,

    Just curious... why are you particulary interested in a 34" scale? If it's cost, don't let that be a criteria. As you can see from CW's summary, you could easily pay more than $1200 for a 34". And by the same token, there are some excellent 35" scales you can get for that price - or lower.

    Example: Peavey Cirrus, MTD Kingston, MTD Heir,

    Just something to think about....
  19. Does it count if you have a 34" G and a 37" B string on the same fretboard? Is it still a 34" scale? :D

    The Dingwall Afterburners are a tad bit more expensive (althou they show up for about 1200 on Ebay), but the B string is amazing.

  20. Yes, F Basses are all 34.5" scale I believe. I've edited my post to make that more clear. :D

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