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Looking for a nice passive 5 string!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Woodsbass, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. Been shopping around lately for a nice 5 string bass, but there is one catch: I would like it to be passive. I've owned several active basses and just find I am never satisfied with the way the sound/interact with my pedals and amp. I prefer using my preamp pedal for tone shaping.

    Anyway, can you guys recommend me some good passive 5 string basses? I won't put a price limit, as I am willing to save up. Throw out your best options!
  2. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    I'm mainly a 4 string player, but I too wanted a passive 5 for certain gigs/sessions so I went with the Lakland Joe Osborn 5 string, Skyline version. The B string is great, and I love the vintage aesthetic. The 35" scale length is not a problem for me. I suppose someday I'd like a US Osborn (now called the 55-60), but I'm in no hurry.
  3. Your post sounds as though you may be looking for something nicer than this, but may I suggest a used Peavey Foundation 5. They are very inexpensive used, and sound great. I prefer the maple fretboard, which is common on these. They are passive, 2 volume & 1 tone. Usually a few of them used on the guitar center used site for under $200.
  4. Fender Jazz V. My MIM slams
  5. What scale length? What about string spacing?
  6. To be honest I'm not picky about that kind of thing. I like both 34" and 35". I can't imagine a good shortscale 5 string, so probably not that, but I'm adaptable when it comes to string spacing and whatnot.
  7. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Look up Martin Keith. :bassist:
  8. Love the Elfin shape! I remember seeing him awhile a go and liking the bodies on those badboys. Added to the list of potential basses!
  9. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs
    Lakland 55-60 (J bass)
    Lakland 55-64 (P bass)
    Lakland DJ (smaller bodied J bass)

    need more specs though
  10. smeet

    smeet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
    Nordy vP5. Or for less money, Fender American Standard P5 (the more recent the better).
  11. 35" w/19mm spacing:
    Any Lakland, US or Skyline JO5 or BG5. Indonesian ones are plekked, which is really, really nice.

    34" w/19mm:
    -Reverend Mercalli. Great passive bass.
    -Carvin B50. You can have it custom made in the US for less than $1,000. Same killer neck and specs as the SB5000, but with a different body.

    If you can go higher budget, you can get Pat Wilkins to build you one of his RoadTested basses. They sound amazing and the playing comfort is unsurpassed.

    I own or have owned the basses above and they are great.

    I've not owned but have heard great things about Schecter Diamond P5's.
  12. Sorry, let me post the specs that will matter to me in the selection:

    -5 string
  13. Reverand Mercalli and B50 added to the list! Keep 'em coming, this is great! I love the look of that Mercalli.
  14. AngelCrusher

    AngelCrusher Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2004
    Mesa Boogie, Tech 21, Taylor
    I got the same bass and I highly recommend it.

    You can pair it up with a good preamp pedal and your tone will be super versatile.

    I was super close to dropping the $$$ on a Fender Deluxe, but I just can't justify dropping so much money on a bass (even though it is great).

    Try and find a used one and you will be set. The selling point for me is that the neck is super straight and modern, you can easily slam the action low, the balance is perfect, and the tone is deadly.
  15. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Lake Conroe, TX
    I'm no authority. I've owned two or three (four :rolleyes:) but never really bonded with them, or made the commitment to get comfortable with a five until my latest.

    It's an American Standard Jazz V, 2012. Great B string; very musical and articulates well all the way down to open "B". Blends well with the other strings and makes me want to go there.
  16. Rodger Bryan

    Rodger Bryan Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2006
    The G&L L2500 may be an option if you like a bass to sit "forward" in a live mix.
  17. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs
    Then what I recommended would be GREAT for you!

    There are also many other decent suggestions here as well...

    try them all and decide....that is the MOST fun in my book!
  18. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I played a passive Lull Jazz Five a few years ago at Bass Central and I loved it.
    It was about $2,200. If you can find one, the ultimate passive five is the Fender Roscoe Beck V.
  19. jmfresh


    May 23, 2009
    MTD Kingston Saratoga. Fantastic neck profile and can pick one up for less than $600. Watch for a 15% off coupon at MF and save even more.
  20. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    Yeah, the Roscoe Beck is a good 5. Just make sure you play it for a while first. The neck is huge on that thing.