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Good 5 string? no more than about 700$

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Greenantgods, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. Greenantgods


    Oct 18, 2004
    can anyone suggest a good five string....? no more than about 700$ preferably. Thanks
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    A couple of really good buys are the Lakland Skyline 55-01, and the MTD Kingston and Heir series.

    They are in your price range, and very good basses.

    What kind of tone are you looking for? Do you prefer narrow string spacing at the bridge, or standard, like most 4 stringers have?
  3. ptuckerbass

    ptuckerbass Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2000
    Orlando, Fl.
    I really enjoy my Cort Josh Paul. It's based on an Elrick design. Sounds and plays great for a bass in your price range, plus it has a lot of nice features.
    There's a brand new one on Ebay for $599. (listed as a Cort Signature RB5)
  4. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Used Reverend 5L!
  5. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Id suggst getting a used bass, ebay if youre comforrtable with it. $700 is a tricky price range, id suggest saving up $200 more somehow and getting a used Musicman Stingray 5. :)
  6. bazzanderson


    Oct 7, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Tribute 5 by G&L
    SUB 5
    Used Fender Deluxe Jazz V
    Used MusicMan (maybe more around $800)
    Lakland Skyline
  7. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member

  8. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
  9. Skyline 55-01
  10. KPJ


    Oct 2, 2001
    Methuen, MA USA
    Depends on the sound you are going for, but I recommend the Spector Legend 5. It is 35" scale with EMG-HZ pickups and a 3 band EMP pre. I have seen them on-line for $600. MIK, excellent workmanship and the classic curved NS body. SWEET!

    I had to get a five string for the gig I have now and the Legend fits the bill!
  11. If you can find one - note my signature!

    Mark F. SAnderson
  12. mike sancho

    mike sancho SANCH

    Feb 10, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    Lakland 55-01
    G&L Tribute
    Cort/Elrick Josh Paul
    Used KSD
    You have several options so it will boil down to what specifically you're looking for soundwise.
    Happy Hunting!!
  13. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    Lakland 55-01
    G&L Tribute
    MTD Kingston

    so many choices...
  14. dannoman

    dannoman Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2004
    I've got a MTD Kingston 5 active..... Highly recommend it....

    You could pick one up for under $500.
  15. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    G&L Tribute all the way.
  16. SwitchGear

    SwitchGear Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2005
    If you don't mind waitng a month and then finishing the wood yourself, a Carvin BK5 bass kit would be under your budget.
  17. Simball


    Mar 26, 2005
    Portland, Oregon
    I totally agree. A little more cash will open up way more options.
  18. WillPlay4Food

    WillPlay4Food Now With More Metal! Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Orbiting HQ
    There's a Korean Spector NS2000/5 for sale in the classifieds here at TB. I have one I picked up about a year ago and I really dig it. It has the 18 volt mod and Dean Markley medium weight strings and I just love the tone. :)

    The guy in the classifieds only wants $350 for thiers which is a good deal.

    fixed :spit: :p
  19. Cougar207


    Jun 17, 2005
    St. Charles, MO
    I'm in the same position as you right now. After a lot of research and trips to Guitar Center I have deceided on the Schecter Stiletto Elite 5. I choose it because its neck fits my hand perfect, the string spacing also fit me perfect, I was looking for a mahogany body/maple neck, and it had nice features (EMG HZ p/u's, Grover tuners, decent bridge, and its a neck through). Its a good looking bass too.

    Some people have changed out the active pre and/or the pickups and had great results so it has some potential if you're looking to upgrade later.

    I played a SUB and liked the sound of it too, but I could only get a few sounds out of it. Keep in mind what kind of tone you are looking for and how you want the bass to feel and go to some music stores and play everything.

  20. Wademeister63


    Aug 30, 2004
    Denton Tx

    18 bolts!? Wow! And I thought Ritters had a lot. How does that improve the bass?


    Jus kiddin, haha

    Oh yeah, I vote for the G&L Tribute L-2500. It has the 34" scale and closer string spacing at the bridge which I find very comfortable. Not too big, not too small. Juuuust right. The more I play mine the more I like it. Nice versatile electronics too, even though I seem to stick with the growly P sound most of the time :D

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