HELP!!! So many choices

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by raging_storm, Oct 10, 2001.

  1. raging_storm

    raging_storm Guest

    Oct 10, 2001
    Well since my band has three guitarist and no bassist I am switching to bass. I have been doing a lot of reviews. I have made up my mind on an ampeg classic svt head, running a 4 x 10 cab. I think this will keep up with the twin mesa boogie dual rectifiers. My problem is: I need to know a good 5 string bass. We play heavy metal like godsmack tool stuff like that, but we are also talking about melodic stuff like staind. I need a good versatile guitar to handle both heavy and a nice warm sustain. I am selling off all my guitar stuff to buy my bass rig. I am trying to keep it around the 5 or 6 hundred dollar mark.
  2. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    You're selling off you guitar stuff just to be in a band?? :eek: Well, welcome to the wonderful world of bass! :D

    IMO, Ampeg heads are a bit sterile sounding, but that's just me..... I don't have too much experiance with five-ers, I don't play them. But Ibanez seems to be the choice around here. :D :rolleyes:
  3. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    especially the tube ones, right? :rolleyes:
  4. You might want to look into Carvins, My LB75 (5 string) is super growly if thats what you want.
  5. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    I would recomend the MTD Kingston, Cort Curbow, Tobias Toby Pro, Ibanez BTBs and EDCs. All are great rock basses.
  6. Oysterman

    Oysterman Guest

    Mar 30, 2000
    Yes, just you. Only you. All alone. You and nobody else. ;)

    raging_storm: I believe the Ibanez BTB405 would suit your needs and wallet.
  7. joel the bass player

    joel the bass player Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2000
    Omaha, NE
    I will second the BTB405. Nice feel and sound for cheap. Also the MTD Kingston or Heir, really good build. Just go out and try all of the basses you can find through amps and unplugged and buy the one that fits you the best.
  8. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    raging_storm, welcome to Talkbass.:)

    I agree with the guys who said MTD Kingston 5, and Ibanez BTB405.

    The Kingston would be my first choice, it is easily the best 5 under $1000, and has a better B string than some $2000 5's.

    The BTB is great too, and has more versatile electronics, but it's a notch below the MTD in construction IMHO.

    Bottom line, you can't go wrong with either of them.
  9. raging_storm

    raging_storm Guest

    Oct 10, 2001
    Thanks for evryones input, I have some choices now to check out:D
  10. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    I agree with the BTB405--lotta bass for a decent price.

    And by the way, Ampegs are NOT sterile sounding. You want sterile, get SWR. You want serious balls, go Ampeg.;)