Schecter Stiletto Stealth 5?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DECEMBER, Sep 27, 2021.

  1. DECEMBER

    DECEMBER

    Jul 14, 2021
    I'm about to buy a 5 string for the first time. Played one first time ever this weekend. Guitar Center had 2 and another shop had 1. I didn't touch the $1,100 one (I hate falling in love with an instrument I'll never afford). The other 2 were full of fret buzz. No action. One of em was clearly back-bowed (a $600 LTD). So it's hard to get a gauge on them from the very limited and horribly (not) setup options available here.
    Zzsounds offered me a new Stiletto Stealth 5 for $476. I'm having a hard time deciding, especially with a lack of availability to try any first hand.
    I see a lot of words that say this bass is geared towards metal, but all the YouTube demos I've seen, no one plays with a pick, and what I've heard sounds like anything but metal. But I know a pick sounds totally different, so I'm really frustrated that I can't get a thorough demo of this to help inform my decision.
    I always play with a pick (occasional slap), always with chorus, never with distortion. Will be using AEADG & ADADG tunings. I'm looking for metal sound, Justin Chancellor sound, but my music doesn't really fit into those genres, so really it's my own unique sound and that's the best I can describe it.
    I like Blue Steel bright stainless steel strings, sharp, crisp highs, and growling lows. Jazz bass is the opposite of the sound I need. I don't like P-basses, but that may be more an aesthetic reason.
    Any feedback or other suggestions under $600 would be appreciated!

    with Gratitude,
    DECEMBERmusic.orgMUSIC with INTENT for a PURPOSEFUL UNIVERSE
     
  2. DECEMBER

    DECEMBER

    Jul 14, 2021
    I'm also considering a Jackson JS SERIES SPECTRA BASS JS3V for$350...
     
  3. EBMM Stingray
     
  4. DECEMBER

    DECEMBER

    Jul 14, 2021
    I can't afford one with 2 pickups. I don't understand guitars with only one pickup. There's room for another, and it doesn't cost that much more, so why not have it available just to have the option? 2 pickups give you 3 tone options, while 1 just gives you 1.
     
  5. Corrington

    Corrington

    Sep 13, 2020
    I have a Schecter Stiletto Stealth 4. I really like it. Mine is light (8 lbs 2 oz). The satin finish on the back of the neck makes it fast and smooth. The neck profile is somewhere between a J and a P bass. The P pickup sounds like a P bass. The bass is balanced and feels comfortable standing and sitting. The matt-black look is very distinctive. Schecters make terrific guitars and basses. I'm moving from 34" long-scale to 30" short-scale. I recently got two Schecter Banshee basses and love them like crazy cakes. So now it's time to sell my beloved Stiletto.
     
  6. DECEMBER

    DECEMBER

    Jul 14, 2021
    Neat. Can you use standard scale strings with that Banshee since it's a string-thru? I have a Gretsch Electromatic G2220 short scale and I love it, great tone, growl, intonation. But I play drop-D and can't find stainless steel strings bigger than .105 for it.
    But I don't need another short or 4 string. I want to explore what a 5 string can do for me and be able to get custom gauge heavier strings for drop tuning. Like 45 65 80 105 142 or something.
     
  7. Corrington

    Corrington

    Sep 13, 2020
    Q: Can you use standard scale strings with that Banshee since it's a string-thru?
    A: I don't know. I haven't changed the strings yet. =)