best low B under $750 (used)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by clef360, Oct 30, 2003.

  1. I know this topic has been beaten to death, but I couldn't find any threads that mentioned basses under the $750 price point. Presumably that's because it's just hard to find a good low B on a "cheaper" bass, but let me know what y'all think.:)
  2. Showdown

    Showdown Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Lakland Skylines have a great B, the best I've tried. The 55-01 is less than $750 new, and you should be able to get a 55-02 used for $750. The B on the Skylines is as good as on the American made Laklands.

    I've never played a MTD Kingston, but I've heard they also have a very good B string, and cost less than $750.

    Both the Lakland and MTD have a 35" scale length, which is why the B string is so good.
  3. So true, so true!

  4. LA


    Oct 17, 2001
    The Kingston does have a great low B; tapered-end strings will really ring out.

    The Yamaha RBX775 also has a 35" scale.
  5. ogar

    ogar Supporting Member

    You can find used Fender Roscoe Beck V under your price-limit. It is told to have excelent low B. Also Warwick Corvette V would be nice. Och, if you purchase Fender, I would be jealous! That is my dream bass!
    Good luck
  6. sincity


    Oct 16, 2002
    Roscoe Beck V. Great B string and very tight, especially for a 34" scale bass.
  7. lo-freq

    lo-freq aka UFO

    Jan 19, 2003
    The Republic of Texas
    Another bass to add to those already mentioned is the StingRay 5, generally can be found 2nd hand in the $700 to $800 price range.

    34" scale and Excellent B string sound!

    [No, mine is not for sale.]
  8. todd 4ta

    todd 4ta

    Apr 3, 2003
    Excellent B on the Lakland 55-01 and 55-02. If you can find the 55-01 with a USA preamp (not the MK-1) that's a bonus. All the 55-02's have the USA preamp.

    I've had a used 55-01 Deluxe w/USA preamp that was $700, and a 55-02 Std that was $750.

    Stingray 5's are an excellent all around bass with a great B. I've had three from $740-825 used.

    Two other nice basses for easy money are the MTD Beast and Grendel. I'm pretty sure the bassline on Adrian's Access Bass web site is a Grendel if I remember correctly.

    As others mentioned, the MTD Kingston and Heir can hold their own in the $400-500 or so price range.

    Don't get too hung up on 34" vs. 35". The Stingray 5 has a great B and is a 34" scale, better than many 35" scale basses out there.