My first 5 string...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BillyBishop, Aug 28, 2001.

  1. BillyBishop


    Feb 7, 2001
    I'm going to buy a five string bass...but I dont even know where to start looking (the local music store, obviously, but I mean brand and model wise)

    Little help?
  2. Go in the store... Play all the 5 strings you can find in your price range... Decide which fits your style best... Decide which has the best feel for you... Decide which sounds best... Find the 5 string that best meets those requirements... :)
  3. You know unfortunately for us poor people, 5-strings usually start over $500 for a good one. Besides that they are not very well designed. But of course that just my opinion.
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    & most importantly, buy what you can afford. If you like a bass that is way out of you price range & you know you can't affort it, you shouldn't try it. If it's slightly out of your range, you might consider saving alittle more for it. Since I have no idea how much you wanna spend, I'ss say buy a Spector NS-5 CR. :) You can buy one for $999 @ Musician's Friend.
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  5. That's true, but there are exceptions.
    (Here goes Mike with his Yamaha sales pitch again!)

    In June I bought a 5 string passive Yamaha bass that's equal to, or better than most MIM Fenders. It cost $479.00 w/case and before tax. I've been ranting about it for a couple of months, but, if you don't have a ton of money, I strongly advise anyone to check out this bass. Looks, feels and plays like a Fender. Pickups are super quiet, and have a nice deep growl to them. I just changed the strings on it (I put on DR high beams) and it sounds even better. It's a BB5NII BTW. I just bought this, and now I had to go and play 3 different Misicman basses the other day, and now I have a bad case of G.A.S. I don't want to rant here, I'm going to go to the MM/Spector thread to ask a question.

    Anyway BillyB, this Yamaha is about the best sounding 5 you'll find unless you go to about $700.00, and then check out an Ibanez BTB405QM. Another great bass.

    Good luck,
    Mike J.
  6. How is that an exception? you figure $479.00 with sales tax works out to around $507 with a 6% sales tax. and that is over 500 my friend.
  7. fleetwood


    Aug 29, 2001
    Swansea UK
    5 string Basses hmm. I think it comes down to 'touchy - feely' as with any Bass. I bought mine last week when I wasn't even thinking of buying one. I went into this music shop, had a little look around and saw this neat 5 Fleetwood. The fingerboard is really narrow for a 5, same as a normal 4 at the nut end. I'm used to a medium scale 4 so I'm having to worry about finger position as well as an extra string. I love that low B string- wow lovely deep C's and D's. Only thing is, my brain keeps thinking its the E string :) Now, when I go on the 4, the strings seem s o w i d e appart.
  8. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I would recommend that you check out the MTD Kingston 5.

    Better bass than a lot costing twice as much, easily the best 5 string under $1000.
  9. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
    Only 6%? Man,I live in the wrong state :D

    In response to the original question,dont overlook used Basses either.I found a 97 MIA Jazz five with hardshell case for $500.(Sold it back to the same store three years later for $700).
    Play every five you can,and decide what feels/sounds the best to you.Good luck.
  10. CaptainWally

    CaptainWally Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2000
    Sandy Eggo, CA
    another vote for the MTD kingston 5....
    (kind of odd looking if you ask me, but sweet)

    other winners:

    Musicman Stingray 5

    G&L 2500
  11. I recommend Yamaha. The RBX765 is a really good bass considering the price. No doubt a high end Spector or Warwick will blow it away but if price is a major concern then Yamaha is the way to go. They are way under-rated. You really should try one.
  12. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    Here in South Carolina sales tax is only 5%.. of course when you buy something expensive with cash.. everyone knocks off a good bit. they knock down my MM stingray 5 $200 when I said I was paying cash :)... anyway. yeah.. I say the kingston 5 is a great bass under $1000.. Embellisher of course said that allready but the man knows what he is saying.. :::and playing the part of the rainman:::::