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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gareth, Jun 9, 2002.
which is the better 5 string?
My choice is the Roscoe Beck. The MM may be a better choice for you. They are both fine instruments.
they're both great instruments but one thng thats gonna change your mind drastically..
Roscoe Beck has a huge huge neck. Even the reviewer from the BassPlayer Magazine said his wrist killed after 30 minutes of play..
The Roscoe Beck does have a meaty neck, however, it works fine for my little hands. Of course, YMMV.
You tried them out? Give them a long play first tos ee if you like them or not
whichever way, you can't go wrong, they both great instruments
when you try the stingray5s out, MAKE sure to give them a good play before. Stingray5s tend to be a "Hit or Miss" deal.
I loooove the Fender RB5. I own much fancier basses, but I play the RB5 as much as any of 'em. My hands are average size (maybe even a bit smaller), but playability was only an issue for me when I first got the RB5, and IMO that was only because it was my first five. By the time I was through with my transition from 4 to 5 strings, hand fatigue was no longer an issue.
Note that the RB5 has low output even for a passive bass. However this should not be a problem for anyone with a bass amp of good quality.
I love the Stingray 5 tone, but the string spacing is too narrow for me both at the nut and at the bridge. If Ernie Ball would get off their collective butt and offer a standard-spaced Stingray 5 I would buy one! I'm bummed that they don't.
Two Very Fine 5 strings The RB5 is in my opinion the best 5 string Fender out their but I too found the neck was little wide for my taste. I ended up with the Stingray5 . You can not go wrong with either.