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Passive modern 5 stringer???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by htdesigns, Jul 2, 2003.


  1. I am currently looking to get a new five string. The MTD Kingston I have at the moment is good but I can not stand the 35" scale. Can anyone suggest a good 34" scale, passive five string? I want something more modern looking in style if possible and I am looking to spend about £1000- sterling (assume about $1200 dolars for conversion after taxes etc.). I have searched all over the place with little success and was hoping someone out there would have some pearls of wisdom to share on this. Thanks for any help.
    H
     
  2. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Fender USA Jazz V. It's a little out of your price range as far as list price is concerned, but sounds and plays great IMO.
     
  3. DaveB

    DaveB

    Mar 29, 2000
    Toronto Ontario
    If you can find a used Fender Roscoe Beck 5 you will have the best mid price 34" passive fiver out there.
     
  4. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Agreed.
     
  5. Cheers for your help. I was looking at the USA jazz 5, but I will check round for the Roscoe Beck. Thanks again.
    :)
     
  6. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    G&L L-2500 and L-1550 have preamps but can be run fully passive as well.
     
  7. deftim69

    deftim69

    Jun 11, 2003
    I SECOND THE ROSCOE BECK V . IT HAS ALL THE TONES YOU NEED AND MORE. I GOT MINE FOR 745$. LOOK AROUND EBAY.
     
  8. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    Yupyupyup.
     
  9. sincity

    sincity

    Oct 16, 2002
    Connecticut
  10. gareth

    gareth

    Jun 9, 2002
    UK
    Yes as said above, the RB5 is really good.

    I'm in Essex and if you're ever down this way I be pleased to let you try it out
     
  11. Fire-Starter

    Fire-Starter Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2002
    MINNESOTA
    FWIIW, I have the same type of Roscoe Beck5 that is posted on ebay, (the candy apple red) and I love it, you can get plenty of tone out of it and whether you like finger style, slapp, Jaco, and (a half way decent percission sound) you cant go wrong with this bass, I think the B string on this is very nice, no slopp at all! the bridge on this is ALL THAT! side to side string spacing, up/down for height, front to back for intonation, all for EACH STRING, my only w.o.c (word of caution) if you need lots of output, get an outboard preamp, but its not a must, this bass can hold its own quite well, and pics of this bass do not generally do this bass justice, the candy apple red is really slammin! you might consider the one that one of the members here sent you a link to.
    PEACE
    :bassist: