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Replacing a G&L L-2500 (WHich 5 string?)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Nick man, Mar 26, 2004.


Which 5 strings have the best B?

Poll closed Apr 2, 2004.
  1. Fender Roscoe Beck V

    20.0%
  2. Ernie Ball Stingray 5

    30.0%
  3. G&L L-5500

    10.0%
  4. Reverend Brad Houser 5

    6.7%
  5. Fender Precision Deluxe V

    10.0%
  6. Lakland Skyline Joe Osborne 5

    6.7%
  7. Lakland Skyline 55-02

    40.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    How's it goin?

    Ive come to the conclusion that my G&L just isnt the ideal bass for the kinda of sound Im after these days. Its a great bass with a great sound and it plays great, but its output is just too strong and too bassy. Cutting the low end on this bass doesnt do it for me, it just sounds weird to me. I cant just change the settings on my amp since I switch between a few basses per set and Id rather not use another preamp or shapping pedal since I already have a lot of pre-amplification going on and a heavy rack.

    So now the question is, what do I get to replace it?

    I was thinking something (used) close to the price I could get for my used L-2500, or less.
    Namely:

    • Fender Roscoe Beck V
    • Ernie Ball Stingray 5
    • G&L L-5500
    • Reverend Brad Houser 5
    • Fender Precision Deluxe V
    • Lakland Skyline Joe Osborne 5
    • Lakland Skyline 55-02
    Im into basses with a classic look and Im looking for something with versatility. Id probably drop a pre into the passive basses since I like really cutting top end. I know plenty about the SR5, Fender P V, and Ive read enough about the JO5 but I dont know much about the other basses.

    Can you guys rate them in order from best to worst on their B string? Which bass has the most cutting top end? What about neck sizes?

    Thanks. I know thats a lot but I spreciate your help.

    Peace
    Nick
     
  2. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    I forgot to mention that I dont want to go with a 35" scale if I can avoid it. 34" makes my job difficult enough as it is.

    Peace
    Nick
     
  3. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    you know my choice on a 34" scale 5 string :cool:
    *coughBenavente51cough*

    of what you listed, I'd say the Roscoe Beck or the P Deluxe 5!

    but another thought...
    I'd revisit that part of the equation as well.
     
  4. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I hear the Brad Houser is an awesome bass. Be different, be special, go Reverend.

    Or something.
     
  5. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Well its just an Eden Navigator set just about flat with the trebble cut a bit for the most part. I use a Sansamp RBI also but its usually switched off. I only switch it on when Im using my passive Ibanez Black Eagle jazz bass to boost the signal and add some trebble. Asside from that I have a Sennheiser digital wireless which I consider preamplification just because it does process the signal.

    The rig sounds great on my other basses, its just that the G&L has too much low end. They are known for being really hot output, big bottom basses.

    Oh, and If the Benavente was in my price range Id probably go for it.

    Peace
    Nick
     
  6. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    How does the neck compare to a G&L or SR5?

    Peace
    Nick
     
  7. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    It's wider than a G&L, but I think it's got roughly the same profile/feel as one. Not positive. Ask FunkyCarnivore, or do a search here.

    Never played one myself, but I'm all for the Reverend action. I wouldn't mind a Brad Houser myself.
     
  8. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Cool thanks.

    Any one else?

    Peace
    Nick
     
  9. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    :) Something like this:

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/photopost/data/501/149932004-2-25_024-med.jpg">

    or:

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/photopost/data/501/14993Warmoth_Dlx_5a1-med.JPG">
     
  10. Brooks

    Brooks

    Apr 4, 2000
    Middle East
    I don't get the comment about 'output is too high'...isn't there a Volume control? Too bassy? Set it on treble boost, bridge pup only.

    Seems a shame to change a bass you otherwise like for things that can be controlled.
     
  11. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    I could, but I already have it set with the trebble boost all the way and I dont like the sound of the bridge pickup soloed on basses. If I could blend in a little more of the bridge pickup I might but thats not possible with the G&L.

    Peace
    Nick
     
  12. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Hey man if you wanna work out a partial trade for my L-2500 Im game!

    The main reason Im looking for a bass thats at the G&L's price range is that I dont want to spend any of the cash that Im saving for the next Valenti 4 string.

    If I get a good cash offer on the bass you will be hearing from me. ;)

    Peace
    Nick
     
  13. vacman

    vacman

    Mar 8, 2004
    portland, or
    I love my EBMM 5. the B just crushes although I really dont play it much.... in my opinion the best five I ever played was a Roscoe. Slicker neck then my ray. Of course the Fives of nino crush the ray 5. I just wish I had the cash... :bawl:
     
  14. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    If you have the cash for a Ray 5 you have the cash for one of Nino's.

    The prices are very close.

    Speaking of Nino's basses, I dont think I announced it here, but I have a new 5 string in the works to replace my G&L.

    I cant wait till Nino delivers the goods!

    Peace
    Nick
     
  15. snailplow

    snailplow Leon Phelps Wanna Be




    I say none of the above,and check out my signature. :D
     
  16. bovinehost

    bovinehost

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    The Brad Houser is a great bass. Typical high quality Reverend workmanship and really hot output for a passive bass. Highly recommended, although I've always had mine strung with flats for a more old school tone, so I don't know if it does what you want to do.

    Bongo 5 would do it, though. Not terribly traditional, you say? Yes, I know. But it will do what the Stingray 5 will do plus some other magic stuff with that neck humbucker......

    I have always loved Stingray 5s, so don't feel you could go wrong there, but ..... think Bongo, man!
     
  17. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    I dont like Smiths and have problems with Washburn because if their tendency to "borrow" other builders designs.

    I played the Bongo and something about its tone didnt sit right with me.

    I wouldnt say it was all that much like a SR5. Maybe its the way that I like the coil switch and the EQ on it.

    Peace
    Nick