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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pipers dad, Oct 13, 2021 at 11:08 PM.
Drozd, Warwick, Lefay, JCR, Sugi... Alpher... ESP custom.... I don't know... You pick one.
The trick is to remove them when putting the bass away. And also test them regularly. I never leave one in. So they last forever. Copper top seem to last the longest
If I were in the market for a solid body 5-string, at the top of my list would be the current Rickenbacker. It’s nearly perfect as far as I’m concerned.
(Photo courtesy of @mapleglo , from this thread:
New Rickenbacker 5 String Reviews )
A Roscoe, as already mentioned, or a Marco (TFL 24). Anything that ends with “co” or “coe”.
Then again, Sadowsky is hard to beat…too many choices when you get to that price range!
One good used bass and pocket the change.
A sire D5 in butterscotch blonde AND a sire P5 in ‘Duck’ Dunn red
And pocket 3k
You'll get a million suggestions but you can get a great Lakeland for 2k. If you're spending 4, I echo some others and would look at a Sadowsky, nice Roscoe, or Dingwall.
I have a custom Lakland 54-JJ, chambered, passive with Chi-sonics. It sounds glorious. For my taste, batteries subtract more than they add, and a battery not used is a gift of omission to the next generation.
I would buy 20 Classic Vibes & 20 HipShot Kickass bridges
I live 30 freakin' miles from the Roscoe HQ's...……...that would be my choice!
I would be looking at a used Canadian Dingwall.
I'd get Pat Wilkins to make me something custom.
Umm, I'd never feel comfortable playing a 4G bass. But, if I was to dump that kind of money, I'd get a Fender Pino Palladino. (It'd have to a used one because I they cost more than $4,000.)
I'd pick up a used Fodera. I always wanted one. I played one years ago, but just didn't want to put out that kind of money then.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with getting a Lakland. You have the opportunity, try them out! They are extremely good, professional-grade instruments popular with musicians for some of the biggest touring acts in the world, made by a US manufacturer with exceptional customer support.
You won't do 'better' at this price point, just 'different'.
If you like it, buy it. All the rest is just internet noise.
PS Don't worry about the battery thing; they seem to last forever in my 55-02, and it's a quick job to swap. Carry a couple of spares, is all. Also, the volume pot can be pulled up to run in passive mode. It's significantly quieter than active (the pickups are deliberately low-output), but you just turn up your amp and keep going.
I still have my Lakland 55-94 that came to me in 2000, they really hold up, sound amazing and fortunately for you, there is a very robust used Lakland market that will get you a great bass, for about 1/2 the price of a new one.
In my experience, I'd take a long look at Dingwall, Warwick and Sadowsky and pick one that really talked to me.
I've had good luck with Rickenbacker and G&L, but for nearly double the price of those, you have options.
I've heard good things about Rocoe, Sandberg and a couple of others, but I have little to none experience with them (either as a player or as an audio engineer). I know that Fodera is held in high esteem by many, but I've played a few and I'm not feeling the vibe from them.
OP - this thread comes up now and then. The answers are wildly broad.
People say "I'd find a crippled blind man who is down to his last dollar and needs to part with his Alembic dual-Orion Mark King for cheap" or other such unlikely nonsense, and others say "I'd buy a Glarry and go on vacation with the rest."
Fun conversation but maybe not useful data.
How about -
You have $4000 to spend
You must buy one bass and only one bass and it must be new and priced at street value
That one bass would be your only bass
You can come out of pocket to spend more, but if you spend less, you have to give back the change
On that rubric I'm probably on a NYC Sadowsky.
Passive p bass, 8 to 8.5 lbs. 9.5 radius slim C neck, skunk stripe. Oh, wait, that's what I play now. Where do I collect the $4G?
I hear you. Unfortunately, I'm usually "putting the bass away" at about 1 am. I need to save precious moments for rolling up PA cables.
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