Best sounding low B on a production run 5 string bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Marley's Ghost, Aug 7, 2005.

  1. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    Wanted your opinions on which production run off the shelf (not custom/boutique) 5er has the best B.
  2. T. Alan Smith

    T. Alan Smith

    Sep 9, 2001
    I've always heard MM 'Ray 5's had nice-n-tight low B tension. Now I own one and have to concur. :smug:
    The Laklands are worth checking out though as well.
  3. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    Yup! Stingray 5 or Bongo 5 get my vote
  4. theschnitt

    theschnitt Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2005
    Tucson, AZ
    The newer G & L L-2500, with the 3 +2 headstock. The old (4+1) headstock was a little floppy on the B, but the new, combined with stringing thru the body is very foucused. Hard to find strings long enough, though! Don't know about the tribbys.
  5. smitcat


    Aug 5, 2003
    Ithaca, NY
    the cirrus' b sounds great
  6. I have the Lakland 55-01 & have absolutely no complaints. Great price at around $700.00USD. :bassist:
  7. Niskamies


    Jan 13, 2004
    Sadowsky Metro 5ers have excellent B-strings.
  8. Dave Hill

    Dave Hill Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    +1 on the G&L. I'm still kicking myself for passing on one I could've got a deal on. Really great instrument.
  9. Lorenzini


    Dec 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    Lakland 55-02 has an amazing B string, but my G&L L2500 has a great B as well, and it's 34".

  10. +1 on both recommendations
  11. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
  12. jrduer


    Jun 27, 2005
    Georgetown, TX
    I've recently played both the G&L L2500 (34") and the Ibanez BTB405 (35"), and both have a good B string tone. It could be, however, that some of that tone is coming from the amp, rather than the bass -- I haven't tried them with flat EQ, or done any real scientific testing, etc.

    I prefer the Ibanez to the G&L, for whatever my opinion is worth.

  13. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    I do think that both Zon and Roscoe have incredible B strings, but I'd say that neither would qualify as "production" instruments, they are definitely in the realm of custom/boutique basses.

    I'd add Dingwall Afterburners too! :)
  14. EricTheEZ1


    Nov 23, 2004
    Clawson, MI
    Keep in mind he said production run. Sadowskys and Zons aren't production. They get more than enough hands-on attention.

  15. Modulus makes a bass with a stunning low B. Musicmans haven't let me down whenever I've picked one up.
  16. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    Easy choice for me: Modulus Quantum. I believe it's a production bass... an expensive one, but production, not custom.
  17. Ozzyman


    Jul 21, 2004
    Definately Dingwall Afterburners
    or G&L kicks ass. Even though I don't really like them all that much...
  18. Funky Tune

    Funky Tune

    Apr 28, 2005
    Puerto Rico
    G&L ARE THE WINNER,mainly for the price and build quality