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decent 5 string for cheap price?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Aenema, Nov 10, 2001.


  1. Aenema

    Aenema

    Apr 18, 2001
    Michigan
    i decided im gonna try a 5 string for a while and than buy real nice 4 or 5. i would like to get away as cheap as possible. couple hundred dollars would be nice... somethin with half way decent tone and a usable low b. any suggestions?
     
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    A couple of hundred? That's a pretty tall order if you want a good B string.

    New, there is the Squier Precision Bass Special 5 string, it is around $250, has a pretty tight B, but it has 4 string pickups under the covers and the B is very quiet because of that. There is a mod on the FDP that you can do, or you can buy better pickups in a few weeks.

    If you go used, you might find an Ibanez Soundgear or something like that for around $250, but the B strings on those are really floppy.
     
  3. Aenema

    Aenema

    Apr 18, 2001
    Michigan
    well i suppose i could go up to 4 or maybe 500. any suggestions there?
     
  4. anon5458975

    anon5458975

    Apr 5, 2001
    I just picked up a Dean Edge 5 for under $500 and I'm really happy with it, I like it way more than my Carvin LB75 which I paid twice as much for. I've read some reviews that don't speak too kindly of the B string but I personally have no gripes about it, it's certainly playable. May be worth looking into.
     
  5. Slater

    Slater Bye Millen! Hello?

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    MTD Kingston!
     
  6. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    If you can go as high as $500, get the MTD Kingston 5.

    It has a better B string than any bass under $1000, and better than some $2000 basses.
     
  7. Tsal

    Tsal

    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    Yep, Kingston is the way to go. Got mine yesterday and it's sweet. The B rings nicely, unlike in many basses, and strings have even response.

    I think it's a good recipe, it has nothing fancy, just one pup and two pots so they can be of higher quality than on basses that cost the same and have more stuff in them. In fact, everything in this bass has a quality feel in it.
     
  8. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Denver, Colorado
    There are still some of the MTD Beasts available. I got a Beast 5 for $450.00 but you may have to move pretty quick as they're almost gone. If you are interested in those contact Adrian at: bassguy325@lvcm.com . He can tell you how to get one.
     
  9. Aenema

    Aenema

    Apr 18, 2001
    Michigan
    i played a used tobias growler 5 and all i can say is wow. they wanted 850 for it. this a good deal? i can get a new cirrus for 930 + tax. so i almost mine as well go with the cirrus... little more than i wanted to spend but it sounds amazing. :D
     
  10. brewer9

    brewer9

    Jul 5, 2000
    I'm selling my new Tobias Killer B for just $650. It usually sells for $1200 retail.
     
  11. cassanova

    cassanova

    Sep 4, 2000
    Florida

    Fender Standard Series
    Fender MIM Dlx
    Yamaha RBX
    Ibanez SR
    Dean
    Esp
    MTD
    Spector


    USED Basses
     
  12. rickreyn

    rickreyn

    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    MTD Kingston. It's 35' scale and well built. It can also be upgraded later on.
     
  13. FalsehoodBass

    FalsehoodBass

    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    which $2000 basses would these be? I'd hate to own one of them.. chances are, i already do... I have a lb75... but i'm interested to know which basses you mean when you make a comment like that..
     
  14. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    I have a DeArmond Pilot Deluxe 6-string which I snagged new for $525.00. I've been EXTEREMELY happy with it and I'd recommend the 5-string version. Bass Player mag gave the DeArmond rather raving reviews and, for an active, neck-through bass, it's one of the best bargains anywhere.

    The B is a *little* thin, but it's still pretty good.

    And no, it doesn't have plastic strings! ;)
     
  15. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I also have an Edge 5 and I would echo this recommendation. I absolutely love mine. Very good construction, good (EMG HZ) pickups, 35" scale, great appearance, check it out, a really nice bass for the price.
     
  16. human13

    human13

    Nov 13, 2001
    Houston Tx
    I recently got an Ibanez BTB405 for just under $500, has a 35" scale so the B is nice and tight, passive p/us with an active EQ, good range of tones, sounds good and very playable (I have an easier time playing on this than my Fender P-bass 4 string). Have also heard alot of good things said about the Spector that someone else mentioned above and the MTD Kingston, I have played around with the MTD and it didn't feel right to me but sounded excellant and have no experience with the Spector at all or any others mentioned or in this price range.
     
  17. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Pedulla Rapture and Thunderbolt, Spector USA bolt on, Warwick Thumb neck through, Alembic Epic, Yamaha John Pattitucci signature, Yamaha Nathan East signature, to name a few off the top of my head.

    If you want to talk a little under $2000, the list gets really long. Stingray 5, Thumb bolt on, Spector NS5CR, Warwick Corvette Proline, Warwick Streamer Pro M, Carvin LB75, BB75, LB76 and BB76(haven't played one of the new longer scale Carvins yet) , Rick Turner Electroline 5, Fender American Deluxe Precision and Jazz, Fender Roscoe Beck, G&L L2500, G&L L5500, off the top of my head.;)
     
  18. basss

    basss

    Aug 27, 2001
    NYC
    I bought a used Yamaha BBN5 for just over $200. Sounds good. Very playable. B string is decent- not great but definately worth more than the money I paid. Look on ebay.