Help me choose a 5 string Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MycooLeeyun, Oct 11, 2021 at 1:22 PM.

  1. I love the look of Kiesel's - not alot of used ones come up
  2. The string spacing might be an issue for me. I'd prefer 18-19mm
  3. Aren't they 35" scale?
  4. Lukasonbass


    Dec 12, 2019
    New Hampshire
    SO many options! Although I think 35” is very popular when you get into extended range.

    not all of these meet all your criteria but I think any of them would be a good choice despite that (they do fit your price point though)

    At the high end of your price point
    MusicMan Bongo
    Stingray Special
    Modulus M-92
    Modulus Genesis

    Peavey Cirrus
    Ibanez BTB or EHB
    Warwick Corvette
    Carvin (now Kiesel)
    MTD Kingston
    Reverend Mercalli 5

    Cheaper options
    Ibanez SR
    Schecter Stiletto
    Yamaha TRBX

    My personal recommendation is MusicMan. Deep and Articulate, the neck makes for an easy transition to 5 strings, you won’t need to swap pickups. Outstanding QC and build quality. They retain value pretty well too (used that is).

    Definitely try to get out and demo a few especially if you’re looking to spend $2k. What’s comfortable on 4 strings may not be what’s comfortable for you with 5. Huge difference in feel.
  5. I used to own a Stingray 5 HS - it was incredible and one of the basses I regret selling
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  6. Lukasonbass


    Dec 12, 2019
    New Hampshire
    then I think you just answered your own question!

    The specials are just a little more mellow when compared to the classic but they are also much lighter in weight, have more headroom, more flexible EQ/tone control, and are more ergonomic
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2021 at 3:32 PM
  7. Lackey


    May 10, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Definitely in your price range new though.... I'd get a fiver and have them install some Nordstrand pickups in there - I believe they will do this. ....not the exact pickup you are thinking of but try and play a Yamaha BBP35 too....
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  8. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Not sure.
  9. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Very happy with this one. And it cost less than my last Fender P.
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  10. evan north

    evan north

    Oct 10, 2021
    As a matter of fact I bought one of these 2 days ago.
    Mine is a special with a beautiful walnut top with matching headstock veneer, matching walnut pup covers, 3 band active eq. series/single/parallel switches for each pup too.
    A beautiful beast of a bass!
  11. evan north

    evan north

    Oct 10, 2021
    Here is mine, 22FCC07F-F080-4E67-9D58-52AAF250FFCE_4_5005_c.jpeg
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