Recommendations for a Six String Bass.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MarcTheRogue, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. MarcTheRogue


    Mar 27, 2013
    Hey guys, I have been considering getting a six string bass for a while now. I have always been a more varied player, and I think it's time to add yet another octave of bass.

    So the basses I have been looking at currently include the Ibanez GSR206, the ESP LTD B-206SM, the Yamaha TRB6, the Yamaha RBX6JM (John Myung Signature), and the Warwick Corvette Six Standard.

    All are within a $300-$900 price range in my area. They really low-balled on the TRB6 and the RBX6JM. But I wanted some tips, pointers, and recommendations for any of these options.

    One other thing that should be especially noted besides any other quality of the instrument is weight. I have scoliosis, so there's no point in playing a bass that is too heavy that I can't stand up with it.

    Any help is very much appreciated!

  2. 1954bassman


    Jun 7, 2004
    Hickory, NC
    The only advice I an offer is I once owned A Yamaha TRB5 and it was a great bass. I probably should have kept it.
  3. I love Warwick, but I have to advise you they are heavy. I'm not sure what you may consider 'heavy', but I'd advise you to test the Corvette first so you can judge for yourself.

    Ibanez in contrast are quite light. Ibanez SR's generally have a tight string-spacing. I would probably suggest you to begin at least at the SR406 / SR506 level. I'm not sure you will be entirely happy with a GSR206. (Also, look into the BTB series if you have the chance.) If you're interested in a used instrument, Ibanez basses generally have a low resale value, so you can easily pick up a good mid-range instrument relatively cheap.

    I have no experience with the other models you've listed.
  4. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    Squier Bass VI.
  5. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Wrong kind of bass guitar :D
  6. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Used carvin. American made with stock ebony fretboards at a third or a quarter of their new price. It's hard to go wrong.

    I don't know about weight, but isn't any sixer gonna be relatively heavy?
  7. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    I would go for the Yamaha TRB 6
  8. fisticuffs


    May 3, 2011
    Madison, WI
    Ibanez is probably the best bang for your buck. I like the BTB's:
  9. Triad

    Triad Commercial User

    Jul 4, 2006
    Luthier - Prometeus Guitars
    I'd gladly leave the BTBs and SDGRs on the shelves and would look for a TRB1006. Yes, the cheaper version of the TRB series but I played one in a store and was surprising for the price. And doesn't have the ultra-tight spacing of the SDGR or the huge weight and pretty dull sound of BTB (of course everything I state is only my personal point of view). Hope it helps but as usual the best way to find out is to play them all in a store, if possible. ;)
  10. MarcTheRogue


    Mar 27, 2013
    The GSR206 are surprisingly lightweight for the most part. Ibanez makes very lightweight Gios. However, when I tested it, it sounded like a tin can compared to the rest of the sixers. Maybe it was the amp, the strings, the cord, the acoustics in the room, who knows? It just immediately left a bad first impression on me. :meh: