Looking 4 a good Six string around 1k or so

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by datsaxguy, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. datsaxguy


    Oct 28, 2008
    Thought i'd start a thread because Im sure there are some great 6 string basses that I'm overlooking. Right now the MTD KZ6 seems to be leading the pack for a back up. Looking for a comfy neck on the thinner side, .9.5 lbs. or less, rosewood fretboard, 17mm - 18mm string spacing. I currently have a Clover XP15.6

    Looking for suggestions for basses to try

    6 strings I've tried:

    Ibanez BTB676 - neck to thick
    MTD KZ6 - Maybe
    Brubaker Jazz- way out of my price range
    KSD 6 - to heavy
    Roscoe - not my flavor and $
    MTD 635 - not my flavor and $
    Yamaha TRB - neck to wide
    Ken Smith - not enough bottom and $
    Tune 6 - bass was beat up, neck is to wide

    Suggestions are what this thread is about. Let me know what basses fit the description.
  2. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Inactive

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Used Carvin LB76. Great basses. Fantastic necks. Can be had for around $600.
  3. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Get a used carvin with an ebony fingerboard and save yourself 4 or 5 hundred bucks.
  4. knarleybass

    knarleybass Commercial User

    Apr 6, 2005
    Tustin, CA
    Owner of Ulyate Instruments
    Tune makes a fine six string bass
  5. I think the MTD is a good choice, but you might also look for a used Peavey Cirrus. Neck-through-body construction, made in USA, great instruments for the price. Probably will set you back a little over a grand, but not much.
  6. Texan

    Texan 667 Neighbor of the Beast. Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Look for a used Peavey TL-6. There were two in the classifieds a couple of weeks ago. IMO, this is one of the best playing and sounding 6ers ever made.
  7. Or how about an Ibanez Soundgear 6 string? they make good models from the 506 to the prestige series :)
  8. Showdown


    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I agree with the Carvin suggestions. An LB76 or Icon 6 can easily be had used for under $1000 and are great basses. I got this beauty for $700.

  9. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    I agree. This sounds closer to what you want. The SR506 I own is light with thin neck and lots of bottom. I also agree that another choice would be the Carvin.

    Note that I love my SR506 and have played the BTB basses and tried to love them, but I just can't. They simply aren't the same as the soundgear and just don't do it for me. So try a SR506 also and see if the difference does it for you too.
  10. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks.

    Jan 25, 2011
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I love both (own an SR706, saving for a bunny 6), but the string spacing on Carvins and Soundgears might be a little tight for the OP. Soundgears are 16.5mm, and for Carvin I've heard between 16 and 17mm. The Hipshot bridge that Carvin uses is adjustable from side to side tho.
  11. datsaxguy


    Oct 28, 2008
    The Ibanez SR series that I've tried we're 16.5 and that was just a little to tight for me. If there was a 17mm I would be willing to try it. If the BTB had a thinner neck it would be more to my liking. I was really disappointed, the rest of the bass was fantastic.

    Didn't know there was so much Carvin love out there. These basses are hard to get a hold of but I will definitely keep my eye out.
  12. Kitsapbass

    Kitsapbass What key is this?

    May 26, 2005
    Bremerton, WA
    The Used Forum here. I got my Pedulla six string T-Bolt on here for insanely cheap (as in under 500) as a project bass. After buying new pickups and paying to have a refinish on it, it was well under a grand.
  13. datsaxguy


    Oct 28, 2008
    That's a steal!
  14. Luke Boismier

    Luke Boismier

    May 30, 2013
    I've got a BTB776 and the neck is reeeeeaaaally thin, but pretty wide. Mine weighs in at around 11 pounds though.
  15. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks.

    Jan 25, 2011
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Both on BTB's and Carvins, it seems to me that the more recent instruments have thinner (front to back) necks. BTB necks are pretty wide (side to side).
  16. datsaxguy


    Oct 28, 2008
    I tried both the BTB676 and the BTB776 and the necks are substantially thicker front to back than my clover. Thin is very subjective relative to a players experience. The necks on these 2 models are identical, but the SR series seem thinner to me. The BTB I'm returning is 9.5 lbs, great bass but I'd swap that preamp in a NY minute.
  17. musicianary


    Jun 23, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    Ibanez SR706. Game over :thumbup:
  18. I agree with the Ibanez SR recommendations. They have a thin neck and fit your price point. Might try a used Yamaha RBX, too, of you can find one.
  19. datsaxguy


    Oct 28, 2008
    Anybody know if there are any SR's with 17mm spacing?
  20. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks.

    Jan 25, 2011
    Colorado Springs, CO
    None that I know of. Like I said before, the bridge on Carvins is adjustable, so you may be able to get a few extra tenths-of-a-millimeter out of each string.