Best overall 5-string bass $600 or under?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fleabass89, Feb 20, 2001.

  1. Ok, I'm a 13 year old kid with $140 trying to scrape up enough cash to get a nice 5 string bass. As of now, the only thing I can get is a crappy Rogue 5-string in Musicians Friend. What's the best overall quality bass? By this I mean I want nice wide but not too wide string spacing, tight B string, good balance, nice tone, and just a bass that won't practically fall apart. I don't know how I'm gonna be able to get even that much cash, considering my income is $0. Oh, while you're at it, I need some way to make money! Donations appreciated!:D
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    My vote goes without question for a Spector NS-2000-5Q!!!

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    Great quilt tops, EMG-HZ p/u's EMG BTS system!!!! All for under $600.00!!! I played a couple of them & they felt great, so I ordered one as a back-up!!!
  3. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Save another 100 bucks. A Squier Precision 5 string would be ideal, especially considering your age. Peavey Axcelerators would be good also. If you can dig up an old Guild (not DeArmond) Pilot Pro 5, you'll be set till you're 30 (and beyond).


    Will C.:cool:
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    The Guild Pilots are nice. I played a few & they were nice. I'd personally stay away from Squire. If you want to go that way, you could get a Fender MIM Jazz 5. I still thing the Spoector is the best choice. :)
  5. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    fleabass, I will second the recommendation on the Squier P Bass Special 5 string.



    I have seen these at Guitar Center for as low as $239.00, and Musician's Friend has them for $229.00

    Admittedly the Spector is better, but if you can't afford that much money, the Squier is much more bass than the Rogue, and it has a great B string for a low priced 5 string. The only real shortcoming is the electronics, which like most basses under $500 are not that great.

    But they will serve you until you can either get a better bass or pay a little to replace the electronics. I used to feel the same way about Squiers until I played the $149.00 Affinity P Bass and this model. For the price, if you can't afford very much, they blow away stuff like Rogues.
  6. For under $600, go with the Dean Edge Custom 5. The workmanship is fabulous and the tone is very versatile. The electronics are also fairly quiet and highly effective (a real EMG preamp, if I'm not mistaken). The string spacing's a little narrow, but that's my only real caveat with what is otherwise an excellent bass.
  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    The Dean is also a good choice, but play one first if you can. The spacing on them is very tight. Too tight for me.:)

    Also, the Squier(no, I don't own one!) has a tighter B than the Deean.
  8. I used to think it was too tight for me, too, but the increased left-hand speed and easier muting more than offsets the increased difficulty of Stanley-style slap/pop work. I'll still probably get a wideneck 5 or 6 eventually (I just love slapping too much)

    Hmm...well, the stock GHS strings that are on there are just terrible--a .120 B is just too light. I've gotten good results with a .125 Ken Smith standard and .128 Pedulla taperwound B. The bass doesn't have a whole lot of bottom to it because of the light alder body, so heavier strings are necessary to get a big B.
  9. Ty McNeely

    Ty McNeely

    Mar 27, 2000
    I will send out my recommendation for a Fender MIM Standard Jazz 5. I know, you're going to hear a lot of "Well I had this happen with my MIM, and this and this", but the key is finding a good one. I was extremely lucky in the one that I came across as whenever I bought it I didn't even know how to play, and didn't know what to look for. I simply bought it, and here I am. So far, I haven't played a bass that measures up to my MIM Fender (that ain't saying much...played Squier's, Dean's, 1 DeArmond Pilot, even MIA Fenders). I think I got mine for $330 or something like that from my local store. I'm sure you could find one for cheaper if you looked. But don't just buy the first one you find, look around and decide what YOU like the best.
  10. Slater

    Slater Bye Millen! Hello?

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    With $600 to spend, I would try to check out an MTD Kingston before I bought anything else.
    I haven't played one myself (yet), so I can only recomend to try one. (BTW, Bass Player Magazine gave it their "Best Buy" award). These basses seem to be an excellent value.

    FB89, because you "don't have a lot of cash", you just might want to set your sights on the Squier P-Bass Special 5. It really is A LOT of bang for the buck.
  11. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I have played them...they're a flat out bargain. If I were on a budget I'd buy one. I'm not on a budget and I'm still considering it.
  12. VictorLeMonteWooten


    Dec 6, 2000
    do you really need a five string? i'm fine with a four string. Jaco was fine with a four string. Tony levin was fine with a three string. i would spend your money on a good four string, like a 4-string stinray or fender precision or fender jazz or rickenbacker. But if you must insist, i would look into musicman 5-stringers or even fenders. I would go for used, it is amazing how cheap used instruments are. I just bought a american precision off of musciansfriend for $500, i would go for that.
  13. JimmyThePlumberMan


    Feb 4, 2001
    Hey, "Victor"! :rolleyes:

    He isnt Jaco, so why does he have to follow Jaco's preferences? And hes certainly no "you"! ;) If hed prefer 5, dont fight it. The argument that "Jaco only played 4" is ignorant! That was 20 years ago!

  14. I don't care about these other people who play 4 strings. I'm not easily coaxed to buy things because other people have them. The only reason I really want more than a 4 string is because I want it, not because alot of other people play 5+ strings. But I'm not saying you're wrong.
    I still want to keep my precious 4 string because it's a good bass, but I need some more range, and I'm tired of tuning my bass down. I'm not sure I need a 6 string with a higher string, because when you get that high, it's not even like you're playing a bass anymore. though it would be good for soloing or playing different positions.
  15. isnt that "speacial" pbass just a cheap jazz bass? i would say MIM jazz, but go to and see what you can afford over there. you can custom order your bass and they are high quality. also, Godin basses are very nice.
  16. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Basslax, it does have J pickups.

    The reason that the bass was brought up in the first place is because he said that he only has $140 so far and BW wanted to point out that there is a decent five for not much more than that. Much better than a Rogue.

    Unlike a lot of people who have commented on this bass I have actually played several of them at local shops and they have a better B string than <font color=green>any</font> Fender Jazz that I have ever played, MIM or MIA.

    The only Fender 5 that I have played with as good of a B is the Roscoe Beck and the new American Precision Deluxe 5.

    That said, the Spector NS2000 5Q and the Kingston are better, but this bass is a lot of bass for $229.00. I would even go so far as to say that it has the best B of any 5 under $500 that I have ever played.
  17. i know that theyre J's Jeff, but i just wondered why fender called it a speacial P, instead of Squire J. so you get the chuncky neck ( :( ) and jazz tone ( :D ) in one bass? just go w/ a jazz if you can afford it. the subject does say you had $600 to spend. if you do only have $140, then just wait..get some money..then wait some more.. then get some more money until you can afford a decent bass. you will be glad you did.
  18. Yes I currently have $140, but i put $600 because that's the TOP price i would be willing to pay (actually, the most money I would be patient enough to save to). Now, that I think about it, I believe I have a savings bond in the bank....
  19. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    I myself would recomend, Fenders Deluxe Active Jazz Bass. Ive played just about every bass in the price range, spectors, deans, ibanez, esp, yamaha, etc, and IMO the Fenders tone and bottom end wins hands down, granted they arent the prettiest on the market, but i think they have the best tone in that price range. The active etronis in them are hot!! the bass gets unbleiveable amounts of bottom end.
  20. AssMan


    Dec 2, 2000
    Minnesota, USA
    have you looked at the Schecter Stiletto? It looks good on paper but I haven't had the chance to play one yet. They also have a 35" scale neck, active electronics, and the "S-TEK" bridge which I assume is a rip-off of the 2-TEK. They're priced at $389 to $599 through musicians friend. There's also the new btb 405QM by ibanez which (as turned off by Ibanez as I am because my ibanez blew ass until I rebuilt the thing) doesn't seem that bad. There's the toby deluxe 5 from . I've played the squire p deluxe 5-string and it has an ok B string and it looks cool. The rouge bass from what I hear isn't that bad. Bottom line, look around and don't just buy one because it looks like the one someone famous has, chances are the famous one is custom built. The MTD is great but I don't think it's very versatile, still it's the one I'd get if I wasn't saving for a warwick. Also look around for used stuff too. oh yeah, check out too, (If you think you can handle building one of their bass kits it's a great way to cut costs on a great bass) I just bought the RC210 600 watt combo and I'm very happy with it.