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Fender RB5 The best Fender? please comment1

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Fire-Starter, May 13, 2004.

  1. Fire-Starter

    Fire-Starter Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2002
    I have a Roscoe Beck Five and love it, but I hear quite a bit here on TB that people consider them the best Fender out there???

    my question is, are they even better then the FMT, MARCUS MILLER 5, OR the new DELUXES? in terms of sound, Bstring etc...

    please comment because I have not had the chance to compare the above models to the RB5 :meh:
  2. main_sale


    Apr 26, 2004
    Cape Cod
    It just might be the best sounding Fender of current production. I've personally compared mine to a Hot Rod P-bass, deluxe P-bass, '51 RI, '62RI and the RBV smokes 'em all. Thats not to say that the others were slouches. They are excellent basses. Its just that the RBV has rich, lush, warm, deep bass tones that the others just can't produce. I expect that the new RBIV will be exceptional as well. :)
  3. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Best 5 string..yes... Best fender? nah.
  4. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    The RB5 happens to be my *favorite* Fender. That doesn't mean it should be anyone else's.

    Try to remember that in music there's never such a thing as an overall *best*... there's only what's best for you.
  5. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    excellent response , Fuzzbass :D

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

    It could be , the ones i have played had quality to them. Cool Pick ups too.
  7. sheepdog


    Feb 20, 2003
    Birmingham, AL
    sound clip on the Fender site could be better. I like the design. If I got a 5 string JJ/JJ would be my choice of pickups. Probably do series/parallel/single coil on each pickup instead of the RBV version.

    you writing this down Nino? One day.....
  8. MascisMan


    Nov 21, 2003
    Dallas, Tx
    How come the sound clips on the Fender website dont work for me? I have the latest Flash yet getting no sound
  9. For many, the best 5 string that Fender offers. I wouldn't say the best Fender, because that varies. But I've heard that the B string is the best seen on a Fender.
  10. sheepdog


    Feb 20, 2003
    Birmingham, AL

    35" scale?
  11. You can't really compare the RB5 to the FMT, Marcus Miller 5 or Deluxes because the RB5 is quite a different beast from the rest. The RB5 is the best passive Fender 5 string out there and it gives you all the classic 60's Jazz Bass tones and more, but the other Fenders are active beasts with very different (and more aggressive) sounds.

    Which is the best Fender 5 string? It all depends on what kind of sound and vibe you're going for. I own an RB5 and have to say that it is everything I need in a gigging bass. It plays well, is extremely versatile, sounds great, and has a solid B string. However, I tried the MM5 and liked it for what it is (an updated active 70's Jazz), so wouldn't mind picking one up some time in the future.
  12. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Nope, 34". Believe it or not, 34" B strings can sound great too. I play my RB5 in a rock band that tunes down to Eb (and I tune down too, shame on me :p ), and the B string still sounds fantastic. I use LaBella Hard Rockin' Steels (same strings that RB uses) which have tapered B and E.