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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FiveStringsNme, Sep 19, 2003.
What do you guys think of MIM Fender B strings in General? good, bad..worthwhile, worthless?
I have not been impressed with any of the ones I have played.
i just bought one a few weeks ago and i think its gonna go back cause i'm used to 35" and its not exactly what i wanted
Yeah, me either. Really none of the 5 string Fenders impress me. The B string has lacked on almost every bass I played. The basses are ussually fairly good until I hit that B...
They're not terrible, but the MTD Kingston I used to have had a better low B. I use it sparingly, anyway.
get the MIM 5 and string it with a high C
yeah, the b's on fenders are generally floppy and a bit like a weaker fart sound.
I'll second that
well, not to go against the general flow of opinion, but i've played a few mim fender j 5's that were prett good, definitely worth more than they were being sold for. i think with mim's it comes down to making sure you try it out before you buy it. i've seen some oysters before too.
I played a beautiful Deluxe MIM Jazz at a local store that had a great B. I may still even buy it as a backup bass when I work up the capital. For $800 CAD it was a little pricey, but it's so rare you find a good 5 string Fender, at least for me!
I've been playing a MIM Jazz V deluxe for several months now and I've been very happy with the B. It definitely sounds best when I favor the bridge pu a little. I also run through a SansAmp DI which also seems to help.
I've played the RB5 several times at a local shop and really like the B on that bass. So much so that I've ordered myself one in Shoreline Gold. The darn thing is back ordered till November but I'm stoked about getting this bass.
I think Fender 5's get an all around bad rap. I don't really understand why. Some of us can't afford a $3000 boutique bass and I've never heard anyone in the audience complain that "your B string sure sounded weak".
Also, the use of a tapered-B [at the bridge] can help matters if you're really sensitive about the matter.
I personally think you can find better B's for what you're paying for when you get a foreign made five string under like 700 bucks...now that I think about that, (I'm gonna post another thread about B strings)
I'll admit the sound of the bridge pup for the B string sounds nice, but it lacks a solid/tight feel to it.
I had a MIM J Deluxe 5 for a while, I found the B a bit iffy, but I could work with it, a tapered B did help with the tone. However, no matter how much I worked with it, I could never get the damn thing intonated correctly (the WHOLE BASS, not just the B string ). Finally gave up on it as a failed experiment. I've always been a "J-Bass kinda guy", and really wanted to like the thing, but it just didn't fly, for me.
Now that I've got my Lakland, I've got my 5 string J bass jones satisfied completely....and my 5 string P bass jones....and my Stingray 5 jones...
I picked up a mim jazz V standard a few weeks back it came with tapered B and E strings and the B sounded much nicer to me then the ones i've played without tapered strings. It's not perfect but for someone like me that wanted the jazz sound and uses the B mainly as a thumb rest and only occasionally as a string it's quite nice. The other 5 string basses in the under 500 category certainly didn't sound any better to me on the b string. I like another poster recommended will likely switch the config to a high C but more because I think I would use it more then the low B not because of the quality of the B.
hey but john, i thought you havent played anything less than a 7 string in (checks watch) 9 years !! whats the deal??, was this before (checks watch again)1994???
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