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Looking at low/mid priced 5's

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Captain Awesome, Nov 20, 2001.


  1. Captain Awesome

    Captain Awesome

    Apr 2, 2001
    PDX
    I've been looking at some lower/mid priced, mainly Korean 5's lately... I've tried the Spector NS2000/5 (?), the Schecter Stiletto Elite 5, the Fender Jazz Deluxe 5, and the ESP B-205. I really liked the playability of the Spector and the Schecter, and I thought they both had pretty good tone, but the B string put out wayyy more low end than the other strings and that kind of bothered me.

    Basically I'm wondering if there are some 5 strings in that range that have a B that is well, more like an extension of the E string. Would the MTD Kingston 5 or Ibanez BTB405 (I haven't been able to try either yet) fit this description? Any other suggestions?
     
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    The BTB comes a lot closer to a balanced B string than the ones that you have looked at, and the MTD is even better than the BTB.

    BTB has more versatile electronics, but the MTD is a world class quality bass at a Korean mid line price.
     
  3. Captain Awesome

    Captain Awesome

    Apr 2, 2001
    PDX
    What kind of tone would you say the MTD has? Could I get a Jazz Bass-type tone out of it?
     
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    It's more like a P bass tone than anything else, with the stock electronics. The only way that you wil get a Jazz like tone out of it would be to replace the pickup with a MM style wired to a switch for series/parallel/single coil, or series/single coil. In single coil mode, a good MM pickup(like the Basslines MM replacement) should get a pretty close approximation of the Jazz bridge pickup soloed type tone.
     
  5. ... or get the BTB 405 and get any tone you want :D
     
  6. barroso

    barroso

    Aug 16, 2000
    Italia
  7. Captain Awesome

    Captain Awesome

    Apr 2, 2001
    PDX
    I just tried a MIM Jazz Passive 5 and I liked the way it sounded. I didn't like the action or string spacing though. Does anyone else have an opinion on this bass? Well, as of now I'm pretty much committed to not buying anything until I can try out the aforementioned MTD's and Ibanezes. I'd have to make a 100+ mile trip to BassNW to try out the MTD though. :eek:
     
  8. brewer9

    brewer9

    Jul 5, 2000
    I'm selling my Tobias Killer B pretty cheap. Its a 5 string in great shape.
     
  9. Do what i did- Check the used shops (if u wanna buy used) I got a yamaha trb-5II for 575$ and IMO itz great. *cowboy voice* There not the most loved bass around these parts though. If u wanna go used tho, all ive heard about the kingston and BTB are great great reviews. I was gonna get kingston too.