First Six String.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ColdYinTiger, Dec 11, 2001.

  1. Hey, Havent asked my obligitory bass question in a while, so here it is, I'm looking for what would be the best 6'er for a relitivly cheap price I've been wanting more range, both below and above my four string. I'm kinda looking for one with a good mid rang first and next good lows and highs (I've been getting into dream theater again), And a clear B would be nice, I hate how alot of b strings flop constently. I play fingerstyle, taping, struming, slap and such. So I kinda need one that I can do all of that relitivly well, I've played a few sixers (I liked one Ken Smith I played, but that defeated the purpous of relitivly cheap) I was looking into the John Myoung Yam, its gotten low in price last time I checked. Though most said that they had a hard time slaping on it. And its hard to find around where I am. Any help would be greatfull into my hunt for riping apart the skin of my hands in the name of music.
  2. Peavey Cirrus.
  3. Maybe you should look into a DP Custom. They're pretty cheap for what you get, and you can get one with wider string spacing so you can slap easier. Another to look at is the Ibanez BTB series. They have wide spacing and they're supposed to have a great B.
  4. I own an Ibanez BTB months ago, a 406QM Transparent Black finish. Trust me, it's a great 6 strings for the bucks.

    It has Monorail II bridge, 3 band eq, good passive pickups, basswood body, quilted maple top, and many other details that i forgot.

    Give a try to the BTB!;)
  5. Hugh Jazz

    Hugh Jazz

    Sep 13, 2001
    Atlanta, GA
    I've played the BTB 406 and I love it. In fact, I'm getting one in the next month or two. :D Great B, great feel, and nice electronics. Especially the sweepable mids. Amazing bang for the buck ~$680 for a new one.

    I've played a Cirrus 5 and didn't care for it at all. The feel just wasn't any good for me (I'm not too big a fan of wenge). But since they make them in a variety of woods, the feel probably differs a bit. But it still didn't feel "right" compared to the BTB. Plus they (5's and 6's) are more expensive than the 40x BTB's: ~$1100(+) for a new sixer.

    But my advice is try out both, and get the one you prefer. Do NOT go the cheap (note: cheap does not necessarily mean inexpensive) way. You want a good instrument, especially for a 6, otherwise it'll be a huge turn off. You can't go wrong with either of these two basses.

    Good luck. :)
  6. I was actually looking into the BTB, I've played a 5 string of it and I liked it alot but I also wanted the high c, and its hard to find a used one around me, as for the Peavy, I'll look into it again. I cant really remember my first opinion on it. Thanks for all of your help!
  7. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    I've played Carvin 6s for years. I like 'em a lot but don't consider them the ultimate; would be even a bit happier if the string spacing were a tad wider, but I've gotten used to it, and I can slap if I need to.

    The DP Custom idea might be your best bang for the buck in terms of getting exactly what you want at a good price.
  8. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    I 2nd the vote for Peavey Cirrus
  9. And a 3rd vote for the cirrus. Prolly can be had for a decent price too..

    Heck, big thumbs up for all cirruses (cirri?)
  10. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    another vote for BTB :)
  11. Heh Everything comes back to the Cirrus and the BTB with a handfull of DP's. Hmm. Looks like I need to save up cash and look at the Cirrus and BTB some more and the do alot of research on woods, spacing, electronics and body desine and then look into what the prices would be for the DP. Thanks agan everyone
  12. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    The Cirrus 6 does cost more than a BTB 406, but it is much more bass for the money. It compares to basses that cost much more.

    I was going to buy a BTB, because I couldn't afford a Cirrus. I went to store that had both and A/B'd them. No contest. I decided then and there that it would be worth the wait to save the $$$ for the Cirrus.

    The spacing on the BTB is very wide, which I prefer, and it is a good 6 for ~$650. Probably the best. But it is not in the same league as the Cirrus. Heck, IMHO, even the BTB 1006 isn't in the same league as the Cirrus, and it is about the same price.

    I would not even consider the RBX6JM. It is not in the same class as the BTB 406 IMHO.The electronics are noisier, not as versatile, and the string spacing is way too narrow. Narrower than my Soundgear 6!