Played a BTB today - what a mistake...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Flatwound, Oct 28, 2001.

  1. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    Gave me some real GAS. How can they be this good for this money? This was not the high end, either - I played a BTB 405 and I really liked it. I mean, I like Fenders, but seriously. I've avoided five-strings, because I've had a hard enough time getting a clean E string sound, but the B on this one was better than the E on my P. The back pickup had that J bass growl, too. I'm afraid my P is going to have to go soon, to make room for one of these, or maybe a Kingston. I haven't played a Kingston yet, but I hope to. While I was at Guitar Trader, I also looked at an EDA 900 - very cool, but I liked the BTB better, a MIM Jazz - very nice, but of course not hum-cancelling, and a MIM P Deluxe which sounded great.

    That BTB 405 is one happenin' bass.
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Yep. A great bargain, and the best low priced series that Ibanez makes.
  3. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I've sassed those hoopy froods. Those basses really know where their towels are.

  4. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    I must not be up on the latest hip phrases... Either that, or you had your fingers on the wrong keys.
  5. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Terribly sorry. I hit the worng keys.

    I MEANT to say those are well contructed basses with decent electronics, and a rather playable, but wide, neck. They also are rather aesthetically appealing.

    There. Good we cleared that up.

  6. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Be quiet, Zaphod. Go bang your heads together or something.;)
  7. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Hmp. If you're going be that way, I'll read some Volgon Poetry for you all....
  8. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

  9. SockMonkey


    Oct 26, 2001
    Irvine, CA

    guitar trader in san diego?
    hmm...i got my stingray there i love that place
  10. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars

    Somebody's been reading his Douglas Adams again, hasn't he? ;) You start reading that poetry, and I'm tossing you in an Infinite Improbality Drive-equipped spaceship, and hitting the "Go!" button, you got that Beeblebrox??? :D

    On topic: The BTB Ibanez stuff is all pretty darn good, for the money or not. There's better out there, but not much, and not much in it's price range. I'd still say the best deal on a 5 is the MTD Kingston 5 for about $450. If there's a weak spot in the BTB it's the electronics, which I found a bit noisy and didn't care much for the frequency centers they chose. But, hard to get really good active electronics in a bass in that price range. That's actually one of the reasons I prefer the K5, it's passive, but has the room available to put a good active package in (say a Bartolini NTBT or NTMB) to upgrade it.
  11. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    Sock Monkey - Yeah, that's the one. Y'know, in the mid-80's, it was an even more amazing place. I remember row upon row of Fenders, Ricks, Music Mans, G&L's, Ibanez Roadstars, you name it. Dan Torres worked there for a while. I remember asking him if he was "THE Dan Torres," because I had a catalog from Torres Guitars. Nice guy.

    Gard - sure wish I could find a K5 to play somewhere. When I talked to Mike Tobias on the phone, he was really enthusiastic about them.
  12. CYoung


    Nov 30, 2000
    Gainesville, FL
    thy micturations are to me like lapturations on a lurgid bee. Froont! I implore theee....

    Ok, enough of that. I also was impressed with the BTB series. I also like that new model with the wild body shape, one regular pickup, and piezos in the bridge. Very comfy to play!
  13. Kubla Khan

    Kubla Khan

    Jan 29, 2001
    I too have been intrigued by the BTB's. I dig the monorail bridge system, nice looking, seemingly good features for the money.

    Of course, finding a leftie model is another story. Although I have seen a Kingston 5, I believe at Bass NW. Hmm, let me cruise over there...

    Kubla Khan
  14. Eric


    Apr 3, 2000
    I recently played one of those BTB basses at a local music store and did not like it at all.

    I'm not sure what model it was but the price was around 600.00. It was a 4 string and it sounded like crap.

    I'm sure the higher end models sound better but the dull, muddy sound did not match the appearance.

    I did however purchace a used American Jazz bass for a great price.
  15. I haven't played a Kingston yet, but, those BTBs are very hard to beat for a modestly priced bass.

    Mike J.
  16. NioeZero


    Sep 2, 2001
    Agreed, the BTB series are pretty fly. Dig the 35" scale. I was worried it would make things too stiff, but I actually liked the additional tension. The fretboard feels really... spacious. Not at all cramped or cluttered. My next bass is going to be either a BTB (5 or 4, not sure yet), or a Dean Rhapsody 8. I played all three at a local music shop, and man... I've been daydreaming ever since.
  17. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    Oh no! :(

    I'm perhaps mad, but I think I'm going to swap my Yamaha BBG5S for BTB405. People who know, you think it's worth it?
  18. Hey Tsal, I have a Yamaha BB5NII. I don't know how different it is than a BBG5S, but assuming they're similar, I'd give you my blessing for the BTB.
    In June, I went to my local Sam Ash(why would I go to one that's far away? :D ) to actually come home with a BTB which I had checked out many times since March. Something told me to check out a few more basses before I asked the salesman to get me a BTB from downstairs, and this I did. When I picked up the Yamaha it just felt and sounded right. Not that the BTB didn't, but, there was something about the Yamaha that I had to have, but, it was still a hard decision to make. I don't regret buying the Yamaha for a moment, but, I do regret not buying the BTB. Without rambling on here, I would honestly say that most people would prefer the BTB because of the active electronics, and the absolute killer B string. It's good on the Yamaha, but, noticeably better on the BTB.

    'Nuff said?

    Mike J.
  19. KPJ

    KPJ Supporting Member

    Oct 2, 2001
    Methuen, MA USA
    I agree with Gard. I found the BTB to be put together extremely well, it felt great, played like a dream, but did not sound right. I was thinking maybe if I could bypass the mid control. The most fun I had demoing one was hammering on and sweeping the mid center for a wah-type sound.

    Very nice bass, just not right (for me!)!
  20. the BTB is like a woman..

    You need to try all different settings / positions before you really start to appreciate her power