Looking for old school 5er

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by smogg, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. smogg


    Mar 27, 2007
    NPR, Florida
    I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
    Hi all,
    I'm looking for a second bass for a new project. It has to be a fiver as that's all I have played for the last 10 years. My main bass is a USA Millennium 5plus (strung w/nickel rounds 45-130) and it covers most gigs fine. But, I have an opportunity to get in a project that will be a weird cross of old blues and motown and old school dance rock. It will be a second band not my main gig.
    I think I need something with more thump and less bite, so I'm thinking passive w/flats but in a fiver.
    Budget is not large enough for something cool like a Sadowski or other high end modern vintage bass. Obviously gotta go used and could use some advice. Looking in the $400-$600 range if possible, or am I expecting too much in that price range? Or should i just get another Mill 5 and string it w/flats and play on the front pup?
    thanks for the insight, smogg
  2. Buy a Peavey Foundation 5. Passive, thumpy if need be, amazing build quality, and CHEAP.

  3. +1 Excellent choices, both.

    Here's another ...

  4. Andy_colassal


    Nov 21, 2006
    Regina, SK
    You said you wanted old school?
  5. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    I know it's out of your price range, but the new P bass 5 is probably the answer...
  6. i use a J bass 5, and its definitly oldschool, yet versatile (and yes its an active jazz bass O_O)
  7. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    For inexpensive, I'd recommend that Yamaha BB415 over the Fenders. The MIM Jazz V is good, but I thought the Yamaha was better. Also consider the G&L Tribute L-2500. In passive mode on the neck pickup in series, and the treble rolled back, you'll approximate a P-bass tone. And they have excellent quality, better than MIM Fenders IMO.
  8. 1954bassman


    Jun 7, 2004
    Hickory, NC
    used G&L L2500 / with TI flats

    I always run mine passive

    p bass thump, and so much more :bassist:
  9. Buskman


    Apr 13, 2007
    Jersey Shore, USA
    +1 on the Yamaha 415.
  10. Tom Howland

    Tom Howland

    Feb 11, 2003

    Get a new 2008 MIA Standard P5.

    Great old school tone.
  11. 1954bassman


    Jun 7, 2004
    Hickory, NC
    Mojoman -

    The new P5 intreged me - have you played one? I live in a small NC town. The local dealer only stocks the cheapo Fenders.
  12. EBMatt


    Nov 21, 2003
    Springfield, MA
    Reverend 5L?
  13. buffordbass


    Nov 11, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amps, Lakland Basses
    Find a used Lakland 55-01 and string it with flats.... Mojo and more... you can play it passive or active and thump to your hearts content.
  14. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
  15. smogg


    Mar 27, 2007
    NPR, Florida
    I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
    I find the reverend intriguing......tell me more about it please.
  16. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    1) not made anymore...
    2) semi hollow, with a mahogany center block with a steel "tone bar" in it for improved sustain.
    3) two real hot J pickups, vol/tone and a mini switch for neck only/both parallel/both series
    4) best neck ever: not too wide, fairly shallow, nicely rolled edges and fret ends make it feel decades old...
    5) 35" scale; great B string

    several for sale in classifieds.
  17. +1 on the Yammie

    Outstanding quality and sound!