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Opinions on a tight B

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Funkdrawer4, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. Funkdrawer4

    Funkdrawer4 Registered Abuser

    Who makes the tightest B string on the least expensive bass?
  2. Double Agent

    Double Agent

    Mar 10, 2006
    Lakeland, FL
    Depends on your price point...

    Under $500 = Squier Deluxe Active Jazz V

    Under $1000 = Lakland 55-01

    IMO/IME of course.
  3. Funkdrawer4

    Funkdrawer4 Registered Abuser

    lets stay under 500
  4. honeyboy


    Oct 31, 2004
    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.
  5. 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!
  6. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    I vote for a used Skyline 55-01.
  7. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147

    It that really the new price for a Skyline. Which model/options???
    Where??? :eek:

    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!!! :D :D :D
  8. 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...
  9. A used peavey foundation bass, or any use US peavey for that matter. They have the five string thing down.

  10. MarkMyWordsXx


    May 17, 2006
    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.
  11. scarekrow


    Jan 27, 2007
    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.
  12. honeyboy


    Oct 31, 2004
    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.
  13. Jjango


    Nov 16, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'm assuming you mean a used Tribute? That's a heckuva good price.
  14. honeyboy


    Oct 31, 2004
    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.
  15. Jjango


    Nov 16, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
  16. theophilus762

    theophilus762 Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2006
    Durham, NC
    I actually played one of these this past week, and the B string literally made me laugh at how floppy it was....
  17. nickn


    Oct 6, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    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. :eyebrow:
  18. Well, that goes to show ya how many of the inexpensive basses can greatly vary from bass to bass.
  19. melt


    May 16, 2007
    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.
  20. sjb64


    Aug 2, 2007
    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.

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