Looking for a cheap 5er

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mound of Sound, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. Hey guys. I'm looking to buy a really cheap 5 string to bang around with in my garage. Cheap meaning $250 or less. I know there's the SX route, which I may go. Just saw these on the eBay, and I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with them:

    5 string hollow body

    Value and feel are most important. Doesn't need to sound overly awesome, as it's just for me to beat on while drinking beer outside this summer.

    I currently own a G&L L2500 fretless that will not be seeing the inside of my garage any time soon.

    What do you guys think?
  2. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    One word would come to mind with that bass in the link........intonation.

    If it were between that and an SX or Douglas, I'd take the SX or Douglas.
  3. BigDaddyO

    BigDaddyO Rockin' Ruben

    Sep 23, 2007
    Peavey Millennium BXP 5
  4. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Midtown Guitars: Ulyate Pickups & StringJoy Commercial User

    Oct 4, 2008
    for around that price point, Ibanez 105ex.

    simple, affordable, effective.
  5. bobba66


    May 18, 2006
    Arlington, Texas
    I paid 200 for my Yamaha BBN-5. Sweet bass.
  6. EskimoBassist


    Nov 2, 2007
    Leeds, UK
    Thought about the Squier Vintage Modified range? I've heard nothing but good things about those. If you'd prefer something active the Squier Deluxe Jazz's seem pretty good as well.

    I'd be tempted to get a G&L L-2500 Tribute if I were you though, you'd feel right at home. I love mine, not as nice as the US model, but there's not THAT much between them. I know that's way outside of your price point though, even 2nd hand.
  7. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    I actually like the look of the ebay bass, maybe not the colour, but I like the look and price!!

    Is there a VM 5 string?

    I am actually really tempted with the Yamaha's, slightly more expensive, but get plenty of praise and look good.

    EDIT: Ok, I searched and saw the VM V, sorry 'bout the stupid question!!
  8. Yeah, I thought about a Tribby as well. I really don't want to blow too much on it, but that may be the way to go to 'feel right at home'

    Keep the suggestions coming!
  9. the wako kid

    the wako kid

    May 11, 2011
    the squier affinity Jazz 5 is supopsed to be pretty good.I have an Ibanez Gio 105 ex,and it kicks righteous amounts of ass for the price.
  10. punkjazzben


    Jun 26, 2008
    I would suggest an Ibanez of some kind - they've done a cheap fiver for years now. But if you've been using a G&L you could look at some Squiers. I've heard the Jazz V is outstanding quality for the price.
  11. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Midtown Guitars: Ulyate Pickups & StringJoy Commercial User

    Oct 4, 2008
    i just got mine the other day, i love it!


    worth every penny.
  12. Crystalman85


    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    +1 on the peavey millennium bxp. I own a 5-string peavey millennium bxp in a metallic blue finish and it sounds totally awesome.
  13. Crystalman85


    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    I use to own that bass. it was not too shabby. I now have an Ibanez sr255 5-string bass and it's a really cool sounding bass.
  14. RootNoteRadical


    Dec 8, 2011
    Dont waste your money on any SX or DOUGLAS crap! Listen to the other posts - Ibanez, Peavey or the Squier are all safe bets.......
  15. Zapp


    Sep 4, 2005
    Gruene Texas
    I own it.
    Buy it "gently used" and you will play for free.
    Authentic bottom-end with the right strings & setup.
    There is a reason why these do not pop up frequently, used/clean, on ebay or craigslist.
  16. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    My choice for a beater bar bass has been SX. Without TOO much modding and work or expense they can turn into great feeling/playing/sounding basses. I own six...

    Personally, I'm fascinated with the hollow body too. I've got a Carvin AC50 fretless semi-hollow body and I totally LOVE it. Of course it's way out of the garage bass range (like your L2500). Hence the interest in the cheapo. I can say, that I agree intonation is probably going to be less than optimum unless some serious effort is spend on that bridge. My Carvin has great intonation, but it's been tweaked in and you have to stay with same strings (since it's fretless are always nylon wrapped anyway) But still I think I'm getting GAS for that hollow body bass myself!

    And from there, I agree that the real bar bass answer is something nice, but used in the Squier-Peavey-Ibanez Any of those can be tweaked into a really nice thumpers with very little effort or cash.

    But a general garage-bass rule in my book would be to stick to some kind of classic Fender clones. And try to pick ones that are built from real wood like ash or alder rather than the soft junk trees. SX fits as do a number of other brands now showing up that also are made from nice wood. What were they called? Exaviere or something? There are others.

    Still I'd consider the hollowbody in spite of the intonation issues if I were you because they are very light weight, sound good, and make great comfy jam basses.
  17. One that has yet to be mentioned is Dean....yes I know snicker if you will, but, i just pulled out my 15 yr old Trans red Dean 5 string fretless. I haven't picked it up in 6 mos. and its still in tune the neck is straight and true. The neck is bolt on, nice and shallow depth feels great w/ 5 piece maple w/2 dark stringers? 2 emg HZ soapbars sound quite acceptable. I have never adjusted the truss rod in 15 yrs and it is flat straight and true.
    I have played this bass on a ton of jazz gigs w/ compliments from bandmates
    ...Funny thing is I took a Sharpie to the headstock and blacked out the "ean" in Dean. I have had people ask me "whats that bass" I say well it's a D Bass and they usually say ..yea I heard of them. haha Then I tell them it's a Dean. Obviously the "V" shaped headstock wasn't a clue to them. oh well
    I have a friend who uses one for his main axe.
    Myself I try to entertain myself with both beer and Champagne tastes!
    Oh yea I see them fretted and fretless on CL all the time for 2-300 bucks.

    peace Kirk
  18. Thanks for all of the input, guys. I'm actually looking at ESP LTD, Peavey, and Yamaha as well. I may just up the budget. Anyone play an LTD Surveyor?
  19. I bought this one of these last November. I still can't believe it cost $199+tax from GC. I used to bad mouth Squire. This bass shut me up.

    Squier Affinity 5-String Jazz Bass V
  20. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    I got this cheap stingray clone bass off of ebay. It was about $135. I added a string tree and a 4 band Audere preamp and a battery box. It needed fret work and it needed to be set up. I also added straploks. So now it is a $320 bass that is a killer. I play it in single coil mode and boost the bass, low mids, and high mids and cut the treble. It has a nasty tone that is part p-bass, with a little jazz, and a little stingray mixed in.

    Maestro 5 string bass