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Choosing a 6 string bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by levonrocks, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. levonrocks


    Nov 21, 2012
    Easton, PA
    I'm looking to purchase a 6 string bass sometime soon, but the selection available at the local music stores is very limited. I am tempted to order one off the internet, but I am not very comfortable dropping $1000+ without trying the instrument first. I have looked into used Modulus Q6's, Music Man Bongo 6's, Ken Smith basses, and MTD's. I would really like a Modulus or an MTD 635, but the price is a little much for me. Does anybody know if the MTD Kingston 6 is any good? Any suggestions for quality a six string bass in the $1000 - $2000 price range?
  2. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    They're well under $. 1,000.00 and already pro instruments
    Yamaha in particular is very well finished and adorned, while Ibanez has better electronics and is easier wanting to cut thru band mixes

    The élite version are well over $. 2,000.00 so only secondhand stay comparable

  3. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    My advice is to save and find a nice used Modulus. I've got a Modulus 6er and it's by far the BEST bass I own. Note I also have a Ken Smith, Alembic, as well as an Ibanez SR506. Each of these basses does it's thing but the Modulus is the one that cuts the mix and always does the job. If you can't score something high end used, I'd consider Wallace320's advice and consider Ibanez or Yamaha. MUCH underrated for the money.
  4. Goteky45


    Oct 30, 2009
    also consider the schecter stiletto studio 6. amazing bass.
  5. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Used Roscoe Standard.
  6. speeves


    Apr 18, 2008
    I would try them out, as many 6 string basses neck dive.
  7. hgiles


    Nov 8, 2012
    I was in your situation not long ago (last week). I couldn't justify spending more than $2000 on a used 6 string. Bass probably will never be my first instrument, but I am enjoying learning it.

    I looked heartily at everything in the price range you're in and pined over the used MTDs, Warmoths, and Ken Smiths that were just out of my reach. At the end of it all I decided I might be doing myself a disservice if I ended up with some kind of boutique, custom bass. Would such a bass be so custom and specialized that it can't cover ALL the bases (no pun intended)?

    So my last three strongest considerations were MIJ TRB-6, Peavey Cirrus 6, and lastly MIJ Ibanez SR Prestige 6 -- all ubiquitous marque's in the music world. Surely the world has tested these and they still stand tall among many boutique models that few have even seen, heard, and played.

    The next deal that came along in one of these three, I took. Incidentally, it was on an Ibanez Prestige. If it plays as well as my 706, I will be plenty happy and likely never look back as I surmise it will be as good a bass as I will ever need.

    BTW, there is a Peavey Cirrus 6 NOS in a shop in Maryland. You can find the bass on ebay. You might be able to make a local deal on it over the holiday...I almost did.
  8. Don't count out the Ibanez BTB 6 strings. They're gorgeous, for the price. A bit heavy, but REALLY well built and play great. I kind of want one in a 5 string.
  9. hgiles


    Nov 8, 2012
    BTW, I didn't want a bass that wasn't made in Japan, Europe, or North America as instruments manufactured outside these areas are just so hard to get out of if you ever have to sell it. MTD Kingstons? I wouldn't touch one for the new price they are asking.

    I know it's market prejudice not mine. I know instruments can be great coming from Taiwan, Korea, China, Indonesia, etc. -- my SR706 is proof. I just know the secondary market isn't kind on them. FACT!
  10. Sav'nBass

    Sav'nBass What the .............. Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2009
    Northern Va.
    I have a Studio 5 I can attest to that..
  11. MyMusic


    Jun 1, 2010
    Dover, De
    Carvin, MTD Kingston, Ibanez. My picks in that order.
  12. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    This. It's my best-playing bass all the way up the neck.
  13. Systolic

    Systolic Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    +1 love mine. Really growls. Cuts through the mix well.

    What does everybody think of the Brubaker Brute 6's? Just trying to generate discussion.
  14. I'm surprised that no one has even mentioned the bongo 6s. I was under the impression they were well loved in the 6 string world?
  15. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    One of my students has a MTD Kingston Z6 and it's a nice instrument. I love the Carvin LB76 and Icon 6 basses and if you find them used they are great buys as well. Ditto for Modulus Quantum 6 basses.
  16. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
  17. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Always puts some stank on it Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    It's mentioned in the OP.
  18. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    FACT indeed

    I just suggested for new items (both Ibanez SR1206E Premium and Yamaha TRB1006J are made in Indonesia) while SR5006E Prestige and TRB6P stay in OP price range if secondhand only.

  19. hgiles


    Nov 8, 2012
    There's a nice Ken Smith in the TB marketplace that you and the buyer could come together on.
  20. mfbolton

    mfbolton Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 30, 2007
    St. Louis, MO
    Owner - MFB Enterprises, Craftsman - Notlob Basses
    I have an Ibanez SR1206E that I love. Very well built, sounds great, very versatile, and not too heavy.