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MIM Jazz 5 or O.L.P Stingray 5

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Cantstandsya, Nov 5, 2001.


  1. Cantstandsya

    Cantstandsya

    Jul 27, 2001
    Fontana, CA
    Can anyone give an opinion on which is a better bass?I'd like to pick up a cheap 5 string and I am looking at both.(both have passive pickups)
     
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    No comparison IMHO. Get the MIM Fender. Much better electronics, better wood, and a proven record of reliability and durability.
     
  3. Cantstandsya

    Cantstandsya

    Jul 27, 2001
    Fontana, CA
    Even the standard model with the passive pickups?
     
  4. ldiezman

    ldiezman

    Jul 11, 2001
    Nashville
    yeah. i haven't heard great things about the olp.. but MIM fenders are good.. i like them...
     
  5. bman

    bman

    Dec 4, 2000
    Sandown, N.H., USA
    I had a MIM Fender Jazz, and I found it to be very reliable, sounded good, and played fine.
    I thought it was a really strong bass for the cost.
     
  6. snyderz

    snyderz

    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    The OLP is definitely the more of an unknown. There have been some threads on them, but relatively few compared to the Fender. Of all the Stingray clones, the OLP is supposedly one of the best. Obviously, the B string is going to be one of the most important factors besides the pickups. After you have played both, let us know which B string you liked the most, and give us a report.
    Thanks, Doc
     
  7. Stear clear from the OLP it is poo. I got my OLP at a huge knock down cos it had no electronics on it ( i guess it was a second). Its okay to say i got it at 1/3 of its price.

    But I know that the fives are terrible. The pickup cant handle the B and the spacing is terrible. I've never played a MIM five but it has got to be better than the OLP
     
  8. I've played both MIM j-bass 5 and OLP stingray 5..

    Sound-wise they're pretty much the same.

    The OLP plays more comfortable.
    The MIM has a tighter B-string.

    the MIM has more buzz
    the OLP has lower output.


    Personally.. i go for the OLP.. replace the pickup with a Bartolini 72MM5E, put Warwick stainless strings on it, and you've got a killer-bass !

    You have to judge for yourself... try them both.. then decide.
     
  9. Eilif

    Eilif Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    Chicago
    What does OLP stand for? Please excuse my ignorance.
     
  10. I don't think OLP really stands for anything. It's just the name of the company who make knock-down Musicman basses. At least that's what I always thought.
     
  11. Officially Liscensed Product
     
  12. Damn, thats the last time I try to be smart....:D
     
  13. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Yep. The MIM Standard Jazz 5 has much better electronics than the OLP.
     
  14. Cantstandsya

    Cantstandsya

    Jul 27, 2001
    Fontana, CA
    Thanks for all the advice on the 5 string basses, but somehow I ended up buying another 4-string. Couldn't pass up this deal. I got a Standard Deluxe Active Bass with a hardshell case and a SansAmp Bass Driver pedal for $280. All in brand new condition. I'm very happy with it . I've played an American Deluxe for about two years but this thing comes pretty close. All I need is a new bridge and some Gotoh tuners and i'll be set. Here's the good part, I had just bought a SABDDI about two weeks ago at Guitar Center. I took it back , got my $175 and for $105 more I got the pedal and a new bass!!!!