fender b string?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MMiller28, May 4, 2003.

  1. MMiller28

    MMiller28 Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2003
    i have heard that the b strings on the mim fender jazzs are loose and dont play well. im considering getting a deluxe mim jazz v and this is a big part of my decision. thanks for any input.
  2. Slater

    Slater Bye Millen! Hello?

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    I've found that the worst thing about the B-string on a new Fender bass is the B-string itself. IMO, Fender doesn't make a very good B-string. A MIM Jazz Deluxe V will probably be fine with a quality set of strings.

    (Note, for string shopping: Hex-core strings are usually tighter than round-core).

    I hope this helps :) .
  3. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    Had one, tried several different B strings, didn't help, sold it. I wanted it to sound good, but it just never did, no matter what I tried.

    Only Fender that comes close to having a decent B in my experience is the Roscoe Beck Signature bass.

    For essentially the same money you can snag a Lakland Skyline 55-01, and it has a killer B string, and an active 3 band EQ.
  4. dabshire


    Dec 15, 2002
    McKinney, TX
    OK, I'll say it before anyone else...

    Play one and see what you think.

    I had a Fender Am Dlx V, and the B was not too bad....

    Until I got my Pedulla Thunderbolt 5, which has an awesome B...

    Then I sold my Fender....

    But only you can decide whether or not you like the way the B feels...

    Just my opinion...

  5. I've yet to find a Fender 5 string that felt or sounded good. The B is fjust loppy as mentioned. I like Fenders, but only in the 4 string variety.
  6. BoiNtC


    Nov 25, 2002
    NYC, USA
    Fender Beck V is a very nice 5 string bass... I haven't really played others for more than 2 minute periods... so.. I wouldn't know but I've played a friends' Beck V for a rehearsal and man its sweet... hoping to own one sometime
  7. kernpre


    Sep 12, 2002
    Fender RB5 (Roscoe Beck V) should have a great B. The one I have has a great B.

    The RB5 kills the Lakland Skylineseries IMHO. I've owned both (RB5 and 55-02). Shipped the Lakland back to Gard after about 30 hours. Yuck.
  8. MMiller28

    MMiller28 Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2003
    thanks for all the help...im looking into a skyline series
  9. I find the Skylines much better, but again that just personal preference. I think if you went that route, you'd not be disappointed.
  10. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I've never had a complaint about the "B" string on my passive Fender USA Jazz V. I like the Fender brand strings with a 128 B and I play with a light touch. I think your touch is key on these basses.
  11. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    Love the B string on my Fender RB5. I also liked the B string on a Fender Precision V I auditioned.
  12. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    I have a American Deluxe V & a Roscoe Beck V & have no problem with either of the B-strings! The Roscoe's B is a little better.......I don't string through the body.....I did it when I first got my AMDeluxe and hated the B...until I just strung it through bridge.
  13. Fire-Starter

    Fire-Starter Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2002
    what did fender do to the Roscoe Beck basses to make the b string better than whats on the other Fender five, and why dont they just do the same on all the fender basses from now on? :confused:
  14. Sofa King

    Sofa King

    Aug 20, 2000
    Rowlett, TX
    The b-strings on the MIM fenders never impressed me, but the Americans all sounded outstanding to me.
  15. Tumbao


    Nov 10, 2001
    I can't HEAR the 'B'... differences between them.
  16. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA

    There are several factors about the construction of the RB5 that make for a better B. All of which will create a more stable instrument and less deflection.

    (Deflection is discussed in depth in this thread if you need a definition: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showt...on&pagenumber=2 )

    1. The neck is different. Fender calls is a graphite-enforced asymmetrical neck. Perhaps they use more graphite to make it stiffer than a regular Fender neck? In addition, I think the neck feels a bit more massive than a regular neck. Not necessarily chunkier, but more of a D style. It may have more overall mass than the normal J5 neck. I should add that it is very comfortable and playable.

    2. The body is heavier. More massive and thus stiffer.

    3. 6-bolt neck joint makes for a tighter, more stable body-neck union.

    4. Heavy-duty, Gotoh bridge. More mass and certainly more stiff than the typical Fender bridge.

    All these and perhaps more make for a better B on the RB5.

    I have gone through my moments wanting one. They are great basses.

    I would compare the feel of the B to an SR5. Perhaps a touch better. Certainly better than the B on the MIA JD5 I owned and even better than my former regular player, L2500.

    FWIW, I loved that MIA JD5. It sounded awesome. Played like butter. But the B was so weak it was mostly unusable.