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 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 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.