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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Funkdrawer4, Feb 22, 2008.
Who makes the tightest B string on the least expensive bass?
Depends on your price point...
Under $500 = Squier Deluxe Active Jazz V
Under $1000 = Lakland 55-01
IMO/IME of course.
lets stay under 500
I AB'd a $1300.00 Lakland Skyline and a $2200.00 Sadowski Metro with a G&l Tribute L2500 and found the B string clearer and more bassy sounding on the $450.00 Tribute. The only drawback was the weight-!0.25 lb.
Pick yourself up a 5 string SoundGear, one of the older series with black hardware, SR645, SR885 or SR405. Fit 'em with a set of 50-135 D'addarios, with a tapered B, and you're set.
The tightest B string I've ever played!
I vote for a used Skyline 55-01.
It that really the new price for a Skyline. Which model/options???
Wow, I think I paid about $930 USD in 2002, IIRC, for a 55-01 Deluxe including a vintage-style case that fits 35" scale basses. This was in Northern California.
I keep seeing Skyline 55-01s on the web for under $770 USD, new. Used ought to be $500 or less...IMHO.
Mind you, mine isn't for sale!!!
My 55-02 Deluxe was $1700 plus taxes in Canadian funds (Plus anothe $120 and taxes for the Lakland gig bag). I think they were going for about $1200 or somesuch in the US at the time...
A used peavey foundation bass, or any use US peavey for that matter. They have the five string thing down.
i for one, love to slap a tight B.
just want to throw that in there
having said that, the tightest B ive ever played was a stingray. though its not under 500.
When you go to a 35" scale neck, you increase the string tension to get up to standard tuning and that produces a tighter sounding and IMO more usable (in the mix) B string.
It was a 5502 with the humbucker and single coils on it. I thought it was a bit heavy as well. This was about 2 months ago. I tried one yesterday at Sam Ash which also cost $1300.00.
I'm assuming you mean a used Tribute? That's a heckuva good price.
Brand new, before taxes-so that would be $488.00 out the door with gig bag. Is that a low price or something? If it was 1/2 lb. lighter I would have bought it.
Musician's Fiend has the price listed as $549.99, but I see that also includes a hard case.
Either way, seems a pretty good deal. For some reason, I thought these were more in the $700 range.
I actually played one of these this past week, and the B string literally made me laugh at how floppy it was....
I played one at Guitar Center a couple days ago and I was amazed at how good the B-string was for such an inexpensive bass.
Well, that goes to show ya how many of the inexpensive basses can greatly vary from bass to bass.
The tightest-sounding and feeling B I've ever played (and that includes on 35" and 36" scale exotic basses) was on my old 34" scale Sei headless Flamboyant.
The bass shouldn't be the only consideration. I believe that the brand and type of strings contribute to the tightness of the B string on any bass. Having said that, I'd suggest trying out a bass with strings that are known to be good, such as Ernie Ball Slinky's. I've never picked up a Ernie Ball Musicman 5-string that didn't have a tight B string. My inexpensive (almost $500; not quite that cheap) fretless Musicman Sub-5 bass has a very tight B string.