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fender! but what???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by luckyluc1, May 12, 2004.

  1. luckyluc1


    May 12, 2004
    i wish to buy one of these fender basses:
    - american de luxe jazz bass 5
    - american de luxe precision 5
    - marcus miller 5
    - roscoe beck 5
    someone have suggestions or tricks ?
    my music is fusion and rock hard/prog
    i've played these basses:
    squire mb4-fender mexico jb 5-warwick rock5-ibanez btb6-
    jj scott 5 fretted and fretless
    sorry for my english and thanks to all,
    luc from rome-italy
  2. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    The only Fender 5 I would consider is the Roscoe Beck.
  3. jja412

    jja412 Fine gear enthusiast

    Feb 2, 2004
    St. Louis
    Seems the consensus everywhere - Roscoe Becks are the best Fender 5er.
  4. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    But then if your going to go with the duel MM style humbucker then there are other choices too.

    Like the G&L 2500 or the Bongo
  5. PasdaBeer


    Nov 2, 2002
    Santa Rosa California
    SandStorm Designs
    take a good long serious look at the g & L 2500, they can get that deep warm sound like a fender, then come back and kick you in the ass with an awsome slap sound ( deeper then most ive herd )

    also the price on them is great for an AMERICAN made in california bass.
  6. i have a fender jazz 5 and the B string sounds awful :spit:
    i have played a rosco beck and its very good. i am not sure what they did differently but whatever they did it sounds good. G&L 2500 great bass too!!!
  7. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    Marcus Miller 5 or an FMT 5 are what I'd look at
  8. Yes.
    I am also currently seeking a Roscoe Beck V.

    I want a used one, if I can find it.

  9. ivanthetrble


    Sep 9, 2002
    Another vote for the Roscoe Beck 5. Was and still is one of the best 5 strings in its price range.
  10. If it has to be a Fender, my vote goes to the roscoe beck:) but i'd get a bongo :bassist:
  11. dgce


    Jun 17, 2001
    Massachusetts, USA
    I agree that the G&L 5's have got the Fenders beat. But if it MUST be a Fender, I say go with a Jazz Deluxe 5. Both the Miller and Beck models are pretty complicated and heavy (dare I mention the neck on the Beck!). However, the Deluxe P&Js are more straight up yet still versitile. I think the J is a more all purpose bass than the P. Pound for pound, of the given choices I'd say the American Deluxe Jazz bass 5 is the way to go.

  12. BoiNtC


    Nov 25, 2002
    NYC, USA
    RB5 is my vote, I own one, there's a used one for sale in the forums here last I checked, not sure if it was sold or not though
  13. cb56


    Jul 2, 2000
    Central Illinois
    I guess I'll be the lone voice here. I own both a '97 Fender MIA Jazz V (fitted with a Jretro) and a '95 G&L L2500. The B string on the Fender sounds better and is tighter than on my L2500. Jazz V is string through body and my L2500 is an older one that doesn't string through the body. Don't know if that makes a difference or not.
  14. +1 they are generally one of the best 5ers around in that price range.
  15. lo-freq

    lo-freq aka UFO

    Jan 19, 2003
    DFW, Texas
    RB5 - very good & versatile bass.
  16. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    It's been said above, but the RB-5 is the best 5-string fender ever made.