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good 5ers all 'round for 1300$?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tips, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. tips


    Jan 25, 2007
    Haifa, Israel
    I'm considering going for a 5er, but due to low variety and ridiculously high prices here in Israel I have to self-import and self-import costs, so my budget is limited to no more then 1300$. although the dollar is really low these days so I think it might be higher then that.
    I play mostly prog metal (the bad kind), and I'm looking for something comfy and versatile...
    any suggestions?
  2. Koki


    Mar 27, 2006
    Hmm try Ibanez btb 1205E, a prestige model. I have a sixer and I'm very happy
  3. Fishbrain


    Dec 8, 2000
    England, Liverpool
    Endorsing Artist: Warwick Bass and Amp
    warwick streamer?
  4. gillento


    Oct 15, 2005
    Luxembourg, Europe
    Nordstrand pickups
    G&L L-2500 Tribute Premium (premium = ash body)
  5. tips


    Jan 25, 2007
    Haifa, Israel
    oh yeah BTW I'm totally OK with 2nd hand gear, if anyone here's selling
  6. svp


    Mar 12, 2007
    Here in Atlanta we are very fortunate to have store that carries nothing but bass gear. Carries in stock every high end bass made, and I spent about 3 months searching for my five string playing anything and everything in my budget range. I must say, now this is just my opinion but the Human Base Xoc5 as far as build quality (including body and neck woods), componets ( pups and pre-amp), range of tones and control, can't be matched and is in your price range new:bassist:
  7. etaym

    etaym Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2005
    Newton, MA
    Stingray5 of course
  8. Smallmouth_Bass


    Dec 29, 2005
    +1 for the StingRay5.
  9. msquared


    Sep 19, 2004
    Kansas City
    +2 for the Stingray.

    You might also find that a Bongo is fantastic for what you want to do. I am particularly fond of Lakland's non-Jazz basses for that application, myself.

    Check the classifieds for used stuff. There is typically a lot of really good gear going through (including a very nice Lakland, ahem). :)
  10. tips


    Jan 25, 2007
    Haifa, Israel
    I'd kill for a bongo but I can't find any for less then 1500$, and 1500$ is all I have :<
  11. Lakland 55-02. Very versatile, very comfortable, and right around that price range. Awesome tone, awesome price, awesome bass! :bassist:
  12. mntngrown


    Aug 18, 2007
    Santa Cruz Ca
    Last night on NBC news there was a feature story detailing how people are flying here from Europe just to go shopping, and not even bothering to sightsee etc. because the exchange rate is so good. Just like the reverse in the 80's when people from here went to Germany, bought a Mercedes and had to have it brought up to US safety standards at a shop, but still came out ahead. It might even get better with the collapse of our credit etc. (sorry OT)
  13. bazzhed4


    Aug 2, 2003
    Aberdeen MD
    stingray 5

    spector euro neck thru 5

    warwick thumb bolt on 5

    ive owned them all and they all work very well for metal aplications.
  14. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Don't leave out the Gibson Thunderbired Studio 5. It's in the price range, even less, and a killer bass.
  15. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    + whatever for the stingray, but I think a bongo is an even better choice if ya had the extra few hundred you say it would cost.
  16. If you look hard you can find Peavey Cirrus 5's new for $1300. Real good Bass for the $$

  17. I'll +++++1 to the Lakland too!
  18. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    Musicman Stingray 5. I love mine, great tone, very versatile, great build quality.
  19. You can often find them used for about half of that.