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Help Spend My $700

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TwoRivers, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. TwoRivers


    Aug 26, 2012
    Las Cruces, NM
    I know $700 isn't a lot of money for a bass. That being said, if you had $700 to spend on your first five string, what would you buy and why?

    Additional Information: I haven't been playing bass terribly long (about 1.5 years). I've only played 4 string up to this point. I've owned a Schecter P/J, Epi T-Bird Pro, MIM Fender J, and Peavey Fury (Split P) up to this point. I haven't been terribly disappointed or over the moon with any of them, but I will say I've preferred the Fender J and Peavey Fury over the others. I'm not too stuck in my ways yet regarding active or passive electronics, pickup configurations, etc. I play at church and with a christian recording artist. Based on what I've encountered the last 1.5 years, I think I would get a lot of use out of the low B.

    5 strings I have played so far include the Ibanez ATK 805e (can get used in my price range and was pretty pleased with it when I played it at GC); SUB Ray5 (holy crap this one sucked, but it was at GC and was probably set up terribly/abused quite extensively); Squier VM Jazz V (again, disappointed, but also at GC); Schecter Diamond P5 (was pretty pleased with this one); and various Ibanez SR**5 types (none that blew me away).

    I plan to buy used, unless I end up not being able to find what I want used, then I'll buy new if it's under the $700 mark.

    Interested in hearing what you guys have to say. Thanks in advance and I'll check back often!
  2. sadowskyguy


    Dec 24, 2011
    Greenville NC
    Talkbass classifieds has some crazy good deals. Buy used for sure!
  3. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    There are a couple of USA Peavey 5ers for sale right now in the classifieds.
    You just missed out on a wicked cheap T-5 deal, but your $700 should get you a nice used Peavey pretty easy if you're not in a hurry.
  4. TwoRivers


    Aug 26, 2012
    Las Cruces, NM
    Not in a hurry, don't mind waiting for a good deal. My only concern with the Peavey would be weight. I don't know much about the different models, but my Fury is much heavier than my Fender Jazz. I don't know if I could deal with anything much heavier, which I would assume a 5 string Peavey would be. Thanks!
  5. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Pittsburgh PA USA
    The weight seems to vary, my Fury weighs less than my Jazz.

    Out of the ones you've mentioned, I like the Schecter.
  6. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    +1 I have bought and sold on the TB classifieds and there are some amazing deals there.