I need your opinion on a good used five string.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassistGod, Jul 2, 2003.

  1. MIM Fender Jazz Deluxe 5

    2 vote(s)
  2. Peavey TL-5

    0 vote(s)
  3. Lakland 55-01

    11 vote(s)
  4. Ibanez ATK-305

    2 vote(s)
  5. Ibanez Gary Willis 5

    6 vote(s)
  6. MTD Kingston 5

    6 vote(s)
  7. Ibanez Roadstar

    0 vote(s)
  8. Carvin LB 75

    2 vote(s)
  1. I'm interested in making the "jump" to five string. So I've looked around for some cheap used 5's and these are the ones I've come up with. Which of these do you prefer?

    Since everybody who votes hasn't tried every bass on the list, explain why you chose the one you did. Or add in which basses to stay away from if you've had a bad experience with one.

    I've only been able to try the fender and it sounded and felt pretty good as most fenders do. I don't know about the others so I'm hoping the talkbass elite can help me out here. BTW...By elite, I meant everybody. :meh: Now go vote!
  2. bump bump it up
  3. lakerkobe

    lakerkobe Guest

    Jun 17, 2002
    Portland, OR
    I have a mint condition 5 string DeArmond Pilot DELUXE I'd sell you for $300 inc. shipping. Listed for over a grand. Do some research. VERY good bass for the price.
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Out of your list, my choices(in this order) would be Ibanez Gary Willis 5, Ibanez ATK-305, Peavey TL-5, MTD Kingston, and Carvin LB 75.
  5. Now thats the type of post I was looking for. Thanks embellisher.

    Just out of curiosity, where would the MTD heir rank in there, I forgot to add that?
  6. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Right about even with the Kingston. I left out the Lakland 55-01. It would go between the TL-5 and the Heir/Kingston.
  7. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Lakland 55-01.
  8. C'mon and vote. I want to see some numbers.
  9. Schwinn

    Schwinn Guest

    Dec 4, 2002
    Sarasota, FL
    out of those listed, I picked the 55-01. Haven't played them all though, so I can't say it's better than the rest, just that it's good.
  10. Out od all those listed I'm most intrigued by the Peavey TL-5. I know nothing about it except from reading the rave reviews from the searches I've done.
  11. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Before answering this question, it would help to know what YOU like. Do you want active electronics, which give more tonal versatility but require changing a battery every so often? Do you like wide or narrow string spacing? Does it matter if the bass has one pickup or two? Etc...
  12. I think I'm pretty wide open about it. No preference for string spacing, although I don't slap much. Either active or passive is fine. I'm basically looking for a solid, good sounding and playable 5 string.
  13. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    Another oppurtunity to make a plug for Spector! Polly has been real weak about it lately...:meh:

    The Spector Q5's are sweet, adn teh nt5's are even sweeter! I got my Q5 for $34o with a hardshell case and leather strap used. It's got active EMG's, a 35" scale (I'm nto convinced that is better though), a very solid bridge with tons of sustain, a avery comfortable body shape that isn't really heavy, and a very comfortable neck, not to mentioo its gorgeous. As fasr your list goes, I'll say the Lakland, Kingston, or Peavey- all good basses. There are two Fender MIA Deluxe jazz 5'ers on ebay right now for under $650, which is a total steal. One is brand new and comes with a case. I am not too hot on teh mexi fender however..
  14. hmmm. spector is a definite option. MIA deluxe is too out of my price range. I've never owned a five so I don't want to spend too much unless I know I'll stick with it.


    Jun 1, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    umm correct me if im wrong but i just looked through the ibanez catalog and the gary willis sig is fretless, where as i did see you mention if you want fretless or not (and im assuming the others u listed were fretted) Anyways, just thought i'd point that out.

    as far as which to get... i would suggest looking into the yamaha BB series, they are very nice (even the ones that are like 300 dollars) but as always, your best bet would be to try as many as possible and then decide what you want. hope i could help =]
  16. BoiNtC


    Nov 25, 2002
    NYC, USA
    I'd probably decide between one of the laklands or the MTDs... or maybe the Roscoe Beck Fender V
  17. Are you sure a used MIA Deluxe 5 would be out of your range?

    I got one new whilst on holiday in the states for $899.

    That's a good sounding bass and will make you really popular with sound engineers as they'll know exactly what to do with it.
  18. Nope, its fretted.


    Jun 1, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    nope, its fretless. taken directly from http://www.musiciansfriend.com/srs7/search/detail/base_pid/519582/sourceid=00391848367299549447

    "A quality lean machine with no frills.

    If you're a pro player who seeks total tone control without unnecessary bells and whistles, the GWB1 is the bass for you. It features a lightweight swamp ash body for an open sound. A Bartolini GWB bridge pickup gives it vintage character and a Bartolini 2-band active EQ gives you full control of your tone. The neck is fretless with lines to make adjusting to a fretless easier. The neck is thin and very fast. 34" scale. The finger rest ramp is removable. Controls include a Volume/EQ bypass, Treble Cut/Boost, and Bass Cut/Boost.


    Swamp ash body
    Bartolini GWB bridge pickup
    Bartolini 2-band active EQ with bypass
    Fretless neck with lines
    Thin, fast neck
    34" scale
    Removable finger rest ramp
    Volume/EQ bypass, Treble Cut/Boost, and Bass Cut/Boost"

    :spit: told ya so... :)