Looking for a new five string

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by afinalfantasy, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. afinalfantasy

    afinalfantasy Inactive

    Jan 11, 2006
    Currently I own a Yamaha TRB 5 String fretless model and it really does not suit my playing. I'm looking for an all around 5 string bass to play pretty much any style of music within the price range of 1000-1500. I only have a few things that I'm looking out for

    - not too heavy
    - at least 22 frets
    - non-fretless
    - preferably passive

    I was looking at the newer Fender Jazz 5 models but I haven't tried any myself. Thanks to any you of other bassists who can help me out.
  2. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    There are a bunch in the TB classifieds.
  3. afinalfantasy

    afinalfantasy Inactive

    Jan 11, 2006
    I realize that, I'm just looking for opinions and suggestions from other members :)
  4. bubinga5


    Jun 6, 2006
    Not sure about the passive option, cant remember if there switchable but a Lakland 44-02 or 55-02..Loads of tonal options..Not alot better bro.
  5. afinalfantasy

    afinalfantasy Inactive

    Jan 11, 2006
    Are the Lakland's expensive? I realize the price range I listed is kinda high still, but I'm looking for a bargain for the money.
  6. IdealWay


    Oct 18, 2006
    Asheville, NC
    One of the best "bang for your buck" basses around is a USA Peavey Cirrus 5, IMO. You could probably pick up a used one for < $900, hell I just sold my mint Cirrus 6 for only $825! Definitely get your hands on one if you have the opportunity.
  7. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008

    And Lakland Skyline 55-01 and 55-02 go for sub $1000 most of the time, used that is.
  8. K.Ross


    May 19, 2008
    You could check out the Carvin line...They offer a LOT of bang for your buck.
  9. IdealWay


    Oct 18, 2006
    Asheville, NC
    Yeah, you could pick up a 55-01 for about $500, but I wouldn't waste my time. The 55-02 is a huge upgrade in quality for a relatively small upgrade in price.

  10. relbling


    Jul 6, 2009
    Costa Mesa, CA
    +1 for Carvins. Best bang for the buck out there. And you'd get a new bass.
  11. bwest9


    Apr 14, 2009
    Boston, MA
    For what it's worth, I picked up a 55-02 (purchased here on TB for $900 2 weeks ago) and I can't put the thing down.:hyper:

    Have had it on three gigs so far, and it nails the jazz, precision, or musicman tones.
  12. IdealWay


    Oct 18, 2006
    Asheville, NC
    Did you pick up Phillip Jordan's Cherryburst? I wanted that one sooo bad!
  13. Another plug for Lakland here. One thing to be aware of: The 55-02 is switchable from Active to passive, but (like many basses) when in passive, there are no tone controls. You can easily have one installed, and I highly recommend it.

    If you want all passive, you can get a Joe Osborn (22 frets) or Darryl Jones (21 frets) signature model in a Skyline Series (made overseas but finished in Chicago with identical electronics as the US models). I have one of each of these models currently, and have owned 55-02's in the past. You can get these used for under $1,000, or new for a few hundred more. These are all 35" scale with 19mm spacing.

    If not a Lakland, you will still be able to get a lot of bass in that price range!
  14. bwest9


    Apr 14, 2009
    Boston, MA
    No, it was this one from Rooster:


    I have my 5 string Euro Spector and I'll never part with it, but with that said... man this Lakland is eating up my time and attention! Both basses will fill a nice niche.

  15. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    The Laklands are probably are a great choice, but there are factors to consider. Do you prefer 34" or 35" scale? String spacing is also a variable.
    I have gravitated back to 34" after playing 35" scale MTD's for years.

    I stumbled across two Fender American Deluxe Jazz V'ers in the last year that have become my main axes. Average price for a used one $1000.
  16. SpamBot


    Dec 25, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    I love my Ibanez SR505, 24 frets Bartolini electronics, etc., but if I had to do it all over again I would've bought a used Carvin or Cirrus. That's where the deals are.