Decently Priced 6-Stringers

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by greg_huff, Nov 16, 2005.

  1. greg_huff

    greg_huff Guest

    Nov 12, 2005
    Hey guys,

    I was just sitting around here, and I was thinking that I would like to go up to playing a 6-string bass, as the extended range sounds like it would be quite the treat to work with.

    Anyways, I was just wondering if you guys could think of some resonably priced 6-string basses, because i don't feel like getting a crazy custom bass or anything like that, but I just want one that is good and is a good starting point for me with 6-string basses, but will still last me for a while.

    Anways, thanks for the help.

  2. form52

    form52 Guest

    Mar 17, 2005

    Ibanez makes really nice, lower priced 6'ers.
    the Schecter Stilletto Studio 6 is REALLY nice.
    Peavey grind bass (though I haven't played one so I can't say how good it is or not)
    there's a lot of other cheaper 6 stringers out there too.
    maybe check guitar center's website.
  3. Greg Johnsen

    Greg Johnsen Guest

    May 1, 2005
    Hickory NC
    +1 for Ibanez. They make great basses for the price, I love mine!

  4. Shawnost

    Shawnost It's all about the Hamiltons baby!

    Sep 25, 2004
    Dallas, TX
    Another +1 for Ibanez, the Soundgear and BTB series are great basses for the $.

  5. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    ESP makes a really nice looking and sounding six with a street price under $600. I can't remember the name but look on their website and check it out.
  6. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Pete Skjold's basses are not exactly cheap, but offer outstanding value for the money, IMHO. Plus, Pete is a 6-string player, and makes a phenomenal 6-string bass.

  7. 73jbass

    73jbass Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2004
    The Ibanez 506 gets a thumbs up here. Comes with Bartolini pu's and a good sounding preamp for around 600.00. I'd avoid the ESP 6 string. I bought one when they first came out,and the bridge started to bend after about a year.They would not replace it.They claimed they never heard of that happening before,but I have seen pics of other ESP bass bridges doing the same thing.It's just a poor design.
  8. Poon


    May 20, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    If you can find a used Peavey Cirrus 6, that is where my vote would go. It's the only 6 string that's felt really comfortable for me, but then again I don't really try many 6 strings often.

    Usually affordable for what they are...
  9. hateater

    hateater snatch canadian cream

    May 4, 2001
    Eugene, OR

    Cirrus is the bomb diggity.
  10. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL

    there's a mahogany body Ken Smith BSR-6M bolt on @ the Plymouth Meeting Guitar Center. price isnt too bad at all for a REALLY quality instrument.

    brand new, i'd go for a yamaha low line 6'er.

    bsides, crappy problematic ibanez + joker = pissed off joker. :spit:
  11. bad_andy


    Sep 21, 2005
    Omaha, NE
    +1 on the Ibanez. I've demo a prestige SR 6 at a local music store that went toe to toe with my German made early 90's Warwick Streamer Stage I six string thru the same amp. The asking price was less than $1100 and it had Bart PUs and pre just like the more expensive axe.
  12. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Two questions:
    • What is your definition of "reasonably priced"?
    • What is your location?
  13. Dincrest


    Sep 27, 2004
    New Jersey
    If you mean a 6-string bass under $1000...

    -Ibanez SR506
    -Peavey Fury 6
    -Spector Legend 6
    -Yamaha TRB1006
    -used (Carvins, for example, can be a great deal on the 2ndhand market)

    Good luck.
  14. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX

    I just picked up a Peavey Fury 6 from musicians friend for $199!! I was impressed with the quality. I have a Smith, Tobias and Modulus 6 and it is impressive for the price. IMHO the Smith is one of the best built basses you can own. Try the fury...
  15. joker indeed . . .

    Ibanez BTB 406 QM, very nice :)
  16. Again, it depends on your definition of "resonably priced." The Ibanez SR506 is the best bang for the buck in the six string market in my opinion. I think Ibby also has a lower 406 too, doesn't have the Barts in it though. I think Dean's Q6 is not too shaby either, I've heard a review from a forum member of a different forum, and he said he's extremely happy with his Dean. If you want a really sheap bass, Brice has a few on I've played a Spector Legend 5, and I'm sure the 6 is even better. My only complaint about anything Spector, is that I think it's a tad overpirced, I get the same satisfaction from the Ibby.

  17. djcruse

    djcruse Guest

    Jun 3, 2002
    Norwood, MA
    Funny, this very question was asked over at the DudePit by someone else.

    Anyway, I used to have a Cort Curbow 6. Nice price, decent bass.

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    The Dean Edge Q6 is decentley priced and is good, it has EMGs, and it costs 546 dollars in
  19. Pruitt


    Jun 30, 2005
    Danbury, CT
    I'm a happy owner of an Ibanez SR-506. I've had it for roughly 5 months now and love it. I only played 4 stringers for 25 years before I bought it and now I don't touch my 4's. lol

    I feel it's one of the better gear choices I've made over the years. :)


    Good luck and have fun! :bassist:
  20. Phalanx

    Phalanx Guest

    Apr 4, 2005
    Yamaha make fantastic basses