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Looking for a Intermediate level 5-string

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Chris_AtariDoll, Dec 8, 2001.


  1. Chris_AtariDoll

    Chris_AtariDoll

    Dec 8, 2001
    UK
    I am looking to buy a new bass, idealy 5-string for about GBP300-400. I have been thinking about a yamaha RBX765. Any ideas???
     
  2. alembicbones

    alembicbones

    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    Chris,

    I not exactly sure of the exchange rate, but a MTD Heir or Kingston 5 string might suit the bill perfectly. I tried these basses out at Bass Northwest here in Seattle and I was quite impressed. In fact, I'm planning on buying a 5 string Kingston fretless in the very near future.

    Happy Hunting,
    Bones
     
  3. ldiezman

    ldiezman

    Jul 11, 2001
    Nashville
    MTD kingston. or MTD hier
     
  4. Christopher

    Christopher

    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    The Yamaha RBX765 is a fine 5-string. It has one of the tighter B-strings in its price class, and the amplified tone is generally very smooth and controllable.

    I've tried the Kingstons, and as much as I admire their build quality, I don't really dig their acoustic tone and feel; they seem a little "clacky" to me. But that could have just been poor setup.
     
  5. superphat

    superphat

    Sep 30, 2001
    i spent quite some time playing both the yamaha and kingston basses a couple months back...
    FOR ME, i would play the yamaha for fingerstyle and the kingston for slapping. Both are good instruments, but i have to say, i was more blown away by the kingston in terms of price-performance ratio.
     
  6. what they just said, and...........

    don't forget about ibanez. for the $$$, they make some nice basses:D anything soundgear or luthite does a neato job.
     
  7. on the topic of Ibanez, the BTB series is great. i just bought a BTB 406 (it may be a 6string, but 5 would be pretty well the same, just smaller) for about $850 canadian(and it was new) and i love it
     
  8. Chris_AtariDoll

    Chris_AtariDoll

    Dec 8, 2001
    UK
    Thanks for all your help, The MTD's do look interesting but im not sure about availablility in the UK. I'm gonna try a Yamaha next weekend. I'll keep you posted. What do you think about the Peavey Cirrus Range? My local guitar shop has a Cirrus 4-string for GBP199.
     
  9. Chris_AtariDoll said...

    What do you think about the Peavey Cirrus Range? My local guitar shop has a Cirrus 4-string for GBP199.

    At today's exchange rate that's US $285.

    I'd play it first and make sure it works and that it's not a Foundation or a Fury (although that's not a bad price for either of those basses). I have a maple Cirrus 6 for sale now for US $1000 and believe me, I'll get it. It might take a couple weeks to sell, but it's easily worth what I'm asking for it. If you can find a working Cirrus 4 for GBP 199, don't look anywhere else and don't let it get away. If the offer is legitimate, don't hesitate. Grab the Cirrus and run before someone changes their mind!

    allan
     
  10. I've never seen a real Cirrus here in the UK. And I've been to some pretty exclusive stores.

    It's probably a Fury or a Foundation, and I wouldn't buy either.

    My choices would be:
    Ibanez BTB405
    Spector NS2000Q5
    Mexi Fender

    Can't think of any that are more readily available here in the UK. But, if you see anything and want advice, here's the place to come.
     
  11. Chris_AtariDoll

    Chris_AtariDoll

    Dec 8, 2001
    UK
    I was having a quick look in a local store and it cought my eye. the ticket only said it was a Peavey C-4. It was in a natural dark wood finish (wenge or walnut by the look of it) and had a thru-body look. I didn't have time to look at the headstock. I'll try and have a closer look 2moro. My first impressions were that it looked a hell of a lot more expensive than they were asking. They mite have made a typo on the label.
     
  12. Chris_AtariDoll

    Chris_AtariDoll

    Dec 8, 2001
    UK
    I was having a quick look in a local store and it cought my eye. the ticket only said it was a Peavey C-4. It was in a natural dark wood finish (wenge or walnut by the look of it) and had a thru-body look. I didn't have time to look at the headstock. I'll try and have a closer look 2moro. My first impressions were that it looked a hell of a lot more expensive than they were asking. They mite have made a typo on the label.
     
  13. madsky

    madsky

    Apr 21, 2001
    Bangkok, Thailand
    the Aria Pro II AVB-TN5 is quite ok ... i have one ... it's not that expensive ... but i wouldnt reccomend it to anyone ... i dont like the tone and the feel of the neck - that's just an opinion ... but the wood is pretty neat

    try ibanez ... i like their necks :D ... oh and i just played a warwick my friend got for only 500$ us ... very jealous ... itz an old corvette ... the finish was torn off ... but the sound and the neck was impressive ... bah ... that's off subject

    you can't go wrong with an ibanez ... nice feel for the price ... but only "a bit" lacking in the sounds department ;) they also look cool enough ... even though i prefer warwick wood ... but again that's out of the subject
     
  14. Chris_AtariDoll said...

    I was having a quick look in a local store and it cought my eye. the ticket only said it was a Peavey C-4.

    Chris -

    A C4 isn't a Cirrus - so far it's a Euro-only bass :(


    A Cirrus has
    • neck-through construction
    • 35" scale
    • active electronics with bass, mid and treble EQ (Quilt Top tiger-eye Cirrus have sweepable mids)
    • a pretty substantial bridge made by ABM
    C4s have
    • bolt-on necks
    • 34" scale
    • 2 volume and 2 tone controls
    • a slightly less-substantial bridge

    Not to say the C4 isn't a great value - but i'm afraid a Cirrus it ain't.

    allan
     
  15. Chris_AtariDoll

    Chris_AtariDoll

    Dec 8, 2001
    UK
    Shame, I just looked on the US site and i didn't see the C-4 listed, My mistake.

    Just gone on the European site and i can see how i made the mistake, at a glance they look quite similar.

    Thanks
     
  16. dude, i agree on the Yamaha idea, u sure u can get one fer that cheap?, last time i looked, 765's were about 600-700 pounds...maybe wrong though!

    i know everyone keeps on about MTD kingston, but the fact is, i don't think there are any in the UK! :), which is a bitch.

    If u can get down to london, go to wapping...Thats where heaven is (AKA the bass centre)... try loads, i got Bass Collection 5 string for £550 (shoulda been £650) and am VERY happy wwith it

    hope this helps

    *Si*
     
  17. Chris_AtariDoll said...

    Just gone on the European site and i can see how i made the mistake, at a glance they look quite similar.

    That they do. I don't know anyone who's played one - they may be a great bass for the price. If you like it and it's within your budger, go for it :D

    cheers,

    allan
     
  18. Chris_AtariDoll

    Chris_AtariDoll

    Dec 8, 2001
    UK
    They list for about GBP400 but i know one of the guys in the shop so he said i could have one for 300.

    My only problem is what colour to get (if only they did it in transparent black) and getting rind of the gold hardware (my pet hate) Any ideas?

     
  19. i to use to hate Gold Hardware (your a bass player, not a pimp). And in some instances i still feel like that....HOWEVER, it all depends on the finish u get, my Bass Collection is transparent purple, and the gold hardware does it justice without looking crap!

    The yamaha would be an EXCELLENT buy for £300, much MUCH better then the peavey (i'v tried them)

    *Si*
     
  20. Chris_AtariDoll

    Chris_AtariDoll

    Dec 8, 2001
    UK
    I just loke to keep things stealthy, i like the sound to stand out not the hardware. If you know what i mean. Does anyone know if Yamaha do a custom service? I'm sure black hardware costs less than gold.