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Help Choosing 5 string from Craigslist

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Duffy794, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. Warwick

    19 vote(s)
  2. Kingston Z5

    7 vote(s)
  3. Lakland 55-01

    50 vote(s)
  1. Duffy794


    Jul 31, 2017

    If this type of post is not allowed please delete.

    I am looking for a 5 string bass to try out. I was looking at the squier but then all of a sudden these three came up on craigslist.

    MTD Kingston Z5 5-string bass w/ case

    Lakland 55-01 5 string bass guitar w/ case

    Warwick Corvette Bass Guitar

    I am leaning toward the lakland or warwick.

    I prefer smaller necks because of smaller hands.

    Are any of these worth the money they are asking?

    (also I am not the seller but if you see one you want it will not hurt my feelings because it makes the choice easier)


    thank you
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  2. Bass Man Dan

    Bass Man Dan Endorsing Artist: Ned Flanders' Bass-a-Reeno Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2017
    I'd go check out that Warwick. $500 is a good deal on that if it is all in great shape. Probably pretty heavy. But I have a 5 string vette, really tight string spacing and good sounding!

    In all fairness, I have no experience at all with the others.

    Edit: the neck on that Warwick looks like a maple rockbass neck. So it may not be that great of a deal. Ask for a pic of the back of the headstock! Conveniently (perhaps) the truss cover that would say "Rockbass" is missing...
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  3. lowdownthump

    lowdownthump Supporting Member

    Jul 17, 2004
    Lakland. They always sound great. Just be sure you like the scale length and string spacing.
  4. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    I voted Lakland since I have a 55-01 and Lakland is all I play. Their necks are awesome and I have small hands very easy to navigate on.The preamp and pups are decent BART Mk1 and for most will work well but I modded mine with better pups and pre.The Laklands are great basses and it’s a pretty decent deal try to see when you go there if you can talk them down 50 bucks or so.
    The MTD gets 2nd for me. I have played a few and they are nice but I prefer the Laklands necks they are a fit for me. Not a Warwick fan they all feel like a log to me. Good luck.
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  5. smeet

    smeet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
    Lakland. Warwicks sound good but have baseball bat necks and the reach for the lower frets is painfully long.
  6. Duffy794


    Jul 31, 2017
    Thank you all! I am sending a message about the Lakland. We will see.


    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    I prefer the Warwick, that MTD looks tasty though.
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  8. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    I voted Warwick for the tighter string spacing since that is apparently a concern for you. I am a big Lakland fan though so I think that would be a good choice too.
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  9. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Like I said I have small hands but Laklands necks just fit. I also prefer the 35” scale since it really makes for a tight B. Warwick’s are too bassball bat for me and always heavy. The MTD neck is decent but too me it’s Lakland for the win hands down.
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2018
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  10. Duffy794


    Jul 31, 2017
    thanks. I am also a little concerned about the way the truss rod cover on the warwick looks. Not sure if an indicator of mistreatment or what not. I sent a message about the lakland. here is hoping!
  11. Bass Man Dan

    Bass Man Dan Endorsing Artist: Ned Flanders' Bass-a-Reeno Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2017
    Like I mentioned in my edit above, I have a suspicion that the truss cover was "lost" because it likely said "Rockbass" on it.
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  12. I'm voting for the Lakland, though I am not a fan of that color (I hate red). It's just a better bass overall.
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  13. Fair Warning

    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods! Supporting Member

    Warwick! Easiest 5 string to play. If its active, you will appreciate some great sound! Can be heavy. Feels like a bass made from concrete.
  14. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Sussex County, NJ
    no endorsements yet...Are you listening Spector, DR, GK, Line6?
    The Warwick is a Rockbass and overpriced.
  15. somebrains

    somebrains Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2017
    Also the small hands thing won't work well.

    OP there aren't $200 Squiers or $350 Mim Vs in your area?

    No musicgoround or GC?
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  16. Texan

    Texan 667 Neighbor of the Beast. Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Lakland, it can be modded and upgraded endlessly.
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  17. mmon77

    mmon77 Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2008
    Southern MN
    Never tried an MTD, but it looks nice.

    I've loved every Lakland (Skyline, never tried a USA one) I've tried, so I voted for that one. Seems like a fair price too.

    The Warwick, as has been said, is overpriced for a Rockbass Corvette. They are nice instruments, but not for that price compared to the others. I say this as a certified Warwick fanboy too.
  18. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
  19. lfmn16

    lfmn16 SUSPENDED Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    You should go try them all out. You can't evaluate a bass from your couch or over the internet. ;)
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  20. InhumanResource


    Dec 28, 2012
    I used to have a Lakland 5501. It is an exceptional instrument with one of the best, most comfortable and easy to pay necks I have ever had. My only issue was the bartolini electronics which I have never gotten along with. Would have swapped them out but I ended up trading the whole thing for something else on my wish list.
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