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passive 5 for under a grand?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dokazaado, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. dokazaado


    Mar 25, 2009
    Empty Hills
    what's out there, dudes?
    I know the Fender Standard Jazz 5, what else?
    this seems to be a big gap in the market.
  2. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Are you looking for a Jazz or doesnt it matter? How about a G&L L2500 Tribute? I have one and I love it. It has a passive option.
  3. dokazaado


    Mar 25, 2009
    Empty Hills
    not looking for a Jazz necessarily, no.

    i prefer a completely passive bass. V-V-T controls at most, no switches.
    it's all sort of clutter for my needs.
  4. waleross


    Nov 27, 2009
    South Florida
    Check out Washburn basses and work your way up in price.
  5. Squier makes a passive Jazz 5er. The Yamaha BB415 is a killer bass for the price as well.

    Regarding the G&L... I've yet to get a definitive answer on this. Can you run it passive without a battery?
  6. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    How about:
    - used Precision 5 (I absolutely LOVE mine!)
    - Rockbass Streamer Standard
    - Rockbass Corvette Basic Passive?
  7. Definitive answer: YES. You can run it passive without a battery, and the tone controls work in passive mode, too.
  8. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
  9. Crystalman85


    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    The Ibanez gsr105ex 5-string bass(a.k.a the Ibanez gio 5-string bass) is a pretty good choice for a passive 5-string bass. I own one and it sounded pretty cool. another good choie for a passive 5-string bass would be a peavey millenium bxp 5-string bass.
  10. Awesome, thank you. :cool:
  11. The Reverend Rumblefish 5Ls are also killer.
  12. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    The Carvin SB5000 can be passive and is available for <$1000
  13. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    If you want to spend way under 1K, look for used passive Yamahas. The BB415 is a great P/J bass. Some older discontinued models like the BB405 and BBN5II are great and can sometimes be had for under $200.
  14. nato101010


    Dec 12, 2009
    You can find used Warwick Corvette 5's for under a grand, and they only have 3 volume/tone pots total. I've seen passives ones a lot too.
  15. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey
    I had a Lakland JO5 with Fralins in it that was under a grand, and it was a beautiful bass. I wish I still had it :(
  16. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    Can't believe it took that long for someone to mention Lakland.

    Used DJ5 and JO5 skylines go for around a grand usually. Some can be found for less, some for more depending on condition and sale price. I think I bought and sold mine for around $1050. Really dug that bass but could never get used to the 5's and needed the cash for my SVT.
  17. turindev


    Jul 1, 2005
    Florida, USA
    +1 to the lakland J05, totally cured my passive jazz GAS.
  18. dokazaado


    Mar 25, 2009
    Empty Hills
    a Lakland would be right up my alley.
    I tend to prefer classic body shapes.
  19. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey
    There seem to have been lots of different pickups in them over the years, and I really don't have the experience to say what I prefer, but I really loved the Fralins in mine.
  20. richbassboy


    Feb 11, 2010
    what dont you like about the fender american standard jazz 5?:p

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