right, this is it! ;)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Si-bob, Oct 16, 2001.

  1. Si-bob


    Jun 30, 2001
    High Wycombe, UK
    Cranborne Audio
    i have £400 ($600), and i want a new bass, 5 or 6 string, i want EVERYONE to gimme an idea, i'll count up the company with the most suggestions, and go concetrate on that

  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    My advice would be to save some more money, so you can shop in the price range of a MM Stingray 5 for example.

    Cheaper 5 or 6s are a waste of money.
  3. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    Aug 31, 2001
    Halifax, Canada
    Owner - St. Germaine Guitars
    I really have to agree with JMX on this one, I really do not like cheaper 5 and 6 strings. If I had to go for one though it would probably be an MTD Kingston. But I would suggest saving up more, cause I find that on cheaper 5 and 6 strings the Bs tend to sound quite bad, IMO.

  4. Ditto what JMX said.

    If you really need one right now, I would go with an Ibanez Sound Gear series. At $600, that would get you a SR405, maybe a SR415. Go ask your local guitar shop.

    You should go to the guitar shop and try everything out anyway, cause ultimatly the decision on what bass to get is yours. If you like the sound of a Danelectro, fine. (Bad decision, IMO:D)

    Rock on
  5. chipmolter

    chipmolter Guest

    Aug 27, 2001
    Baltimore, MD
    Of course saving more money's going to be the best way to go. However, being in Europe, you'll be spending a lot EXTRA for American made basses. The Spector NS5CR is made in the Czech Republic(thus the CR) and has one of the best sounding B-strings out there in the price range.

    I've seen someone here post that they got a new one for $900US in Germany. I wonder how prices for these are across the rest of the continent.
  6. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    ditto, save your money!
  7. FatFunker

    FatFunker Guest

    Sep 6, 2001
    Rochester, New York
    Don't save your money buy one of these schecter 5 strings or at least try one you will love it it's the best 5er i ever heard for under a grand. btw this will be around 550
  8. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    If you just have to get something now, I'd recommend the BTB series from Ibanez, other the that, save up.
  9. Saving up is a good option I suppose, but those Czech Spectors aren't any cheaper in Europe. In fact, they're still more expensive than for those Yanks. They're about £1400 new($2000), and I can't see you geting much off that. The Musicmen are around £1200 for a five string. I don't like five string Stingrays, all the B's were floppy(bad setup?) and it didn't have the Stingray tone(due to it having the Sterling's electronics), but many people love them.

    Now, if I were you, I'd use your £400 to look into either an Ibanez BTB405QM, or an Ibanez ATK305. Both have nice B's, the ATK is a Musicman substitute if I ever saw one, and they're both right in your range. The BTB is £450(haggle), and the ATK is £400. Different beasts to the Soundgear range, which I do not like and many others do not like. You could also look into the Ibanez Ergodyne ranges, which are a little sterile sounding, but you may like them.
  10. Save more money buy a BTB-5 string.
  11. Captain Awesome

    Captain Awesome

    Apr 2, 2001
    These ones come up the most
    "Ibanez BTB-405"
    "MTD Kingston 5"
  12. Si-bob


    Jun 30, 2001
    High Wycombe, UK
    Cranborne Audio
    thanks for everyones input, i was actully looking at the btb 5's, and i been considering the MTD kingston (mainly cos most people here swear by them :), but no-where near me stocks them, so it would be a case of ordering and hoping!
    i'v tried a btb 4, and loved it, kinda a much better version of my yamaha (i'm not into this luthite stuff)
    so hopefully i'll go try a btb 5 at the bass centre in london

    tnx fer yer ideas
    more welcome

  13. JPJ


    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    Since you already have a Yamaha, you might look at the BB1500A series that was just reviewed in Bass Player. With a good discount, you might be close in your range for a 5, if they make one in that line. I also have to agree with the MTD Kingston suggestion...probably the BEST 5 out there for the money...exceptional value, great reviews, and trickle-down performance/construction from some of the finest crafted basses in the world. Another suggestion would be to find a luthier and build one out of Warmoth (or similar company, StewMac, Allparts, etc.) parts. This way, you could get a great bass as a great value without going over your budget. Untimately, though, I think that if you are interested in an extended-range bass, you would be better off saving your cash. Good 4-strings are becoming increasingly easy to find in this price range, but an extended range bass is completely different. It CAN be done, as I have listed some viable choices above, but you might be better off waiting until you can jump into a different price category where you have more options to choose from. Good luck!
  14. Si-bob


    Jun 30, 2001
    High Wycombe, UK
    Cranborne Audio
    i spose i can wait a month or so after christmas and save up another £150 on the total, i'm a self confessed 'gear junkie' so waiting wen i have the money is difficult :)

    also, another little thing, i have a Hartke B90 amp, do we reckon that putting a B through that at a fairly loud level be ok (sound good etc)

  15. JPJ


    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    It sounds like you've already resolved the fact that you will hold off on getting a 5/6. While I can't add anything about your amp, I wanted to make one more point about budget extended-range basses. It seems as if you're on a pretty tight budget and don't have any previous experience with a 5 (lets not worry about 6s right now). I've been playing for quite a while, over 10 years, and I still don't own a 5. However, if I ever bought one, I would probably buy a budget bass in the same price category that you'r currently looking in. The reason is that a 5 is fundementally different than a traditional 4, and I might not find the extra string useful. Worse yet, I might just find out that I can't play the damn thing and don't have any interest in a 5 beyond a novelty standpoint. If you're just exploring an interest in a 5, it might be good to find a quality bass with good playability and tone at an affordable price...knowing that there are better instruments out there for more money...just so you can learn/experiment and decide if a 5 is for you. I've seen SOOO many posts from guys in H.S. and early college who have only been playing a few years who are wasting rediculous amount of money on "custom" basses with more freakin' strings than I've got fingers on my hands! It is good to experiment and challenge yourself musically, but you MUST know the basic fundamentals first. Just wanted to throw that out there for your consideration.
  16. Si-bob


    Jun 30, 2001
    High Wycombe, UK
    Cranborne Audio
    i have tried PLENTY of 5's , i was even in a band for a short while where the drummer insisted i play his 5 (metal band
    so getting used to it isn't the problem, and the only reason i was toying with the idea of a 6 is cos i like messing around with chords and composing on bass etc (and pissing off guitarists by playing in their own register

    thing is i play so many kinds of music, and i mean everything
    blues, jazz, metal, pop, hip-hop, folk, punk and so i like the idea of having the versatility of more strings, having said that, i deffinatly wouldn't go above 6 strings, as a bassist, i know my place

  17. It seems to go this way:

    4 stringer: A good one is easy to find.
    5 stringer: Good ones are becoming easier to find for a decent price, but many people still need to find 'the one'
    6 stringer: Absolutely essential that you love the one you buy.

    For these reasons, I'd put off getting a six for now, as most often "love=££££" when you're buying basses:D.
  18. Pea-NUT

    Pea-NUT Guest

    Jul 1, 2001
    Jerseyville, IL
    Save money-get Pedulla 5, i love those things, too bad i dont have one.