Does a passive 5 string work?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jure the second, Aug 22, 2003.

  1. Another question for experienced:

    I'm on a lookout for a new 5-string. Would a passive 5 string also be an option? How does the B-string behave?


  2. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Why wouldn't a passive 5 string work?

    Try a Roscoe Beck V or MTD Kingston 5 for starters.
  3. try a lakland Joe Osborn sig 5-sting. awesome bass. and typical passive jazz stup.

    for 5-stings you just need longer pickups. that is about it.
  4. a passive 5 string.....
    i have a 5 string Dingwall Afterburner, totally passive and the B string just kills.
  5. BoiNtC


    Nov 25, 2002
    NYC, USA
    Roscoe Beck V is one of the passive basses I'm really impressed with, if I was a passive guy I'd get one in a second!
  6. yea......I keep my G&L passive majority of the time cuz I like digging into it a lot and also love the warm tone.
  7. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
  8. Thanks. Here's my thinking:

    I have an Alembic Orion 5 and a Fender Jazz '78. Now I'm on a lookout for something in between - vintage vibe 5-string. There is still time to think it over, before I save enough money to go shopping.

    All oppinions are still welcome. Thank you.

  9. jobu3

    jobu3 Artist formerly known as Big Joe Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2002
    Mountain Top, PA
    rb5 is hands down hte best passive 5 i have ever played... i would strongly recommend it to any one interested in a good passive 5!
  10. yea...the Roscoe Beck sounds really nice, but I'm not too fond of the neck........try it...maybe you'll like it
  11. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Another "vintage vibe" passive 5 is the Reverend Rumblefish 5L.
  12. cwbassist


    Aug 23, 2003
    I can't help you because I only own an active 5 string and it kicks ass:bassist: :D :bassist:
  13. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Why on earth wouldn't a passive 5 string work?