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Seeking 5-string recommendation

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Geðrven', Sep 25, 2008.

  1. Geðrven'


    Sep 25, 2008
    Greetings, people of TalkBass! I'm looking for an instrument recommendation...

    I've been playing for 9-odd years, but haven't really paid attention to the market or what's out there for the last 6. I've had a Kramer Beretta 5-string for a while. Good design and features, but as quality goes, I deserve and can afford much better now; looking to spend about $750, up to ~1k, preferably on a used instrument. I definitely want a 5-string with a 35" or longer scale, to tune to F#BEAD. I like zerofrets, neck-thru/string-thru construction, wide spacing, and don't mind weight. Tonal versatility would be a bonus, but the main use of the instrument will be live bass in a psytrance/triphop project, so I'm looking for a crisp, clear, broad-spectrum sound that'd be amenable to processing. I'll almost certainly replace stock pickups with an EMG humbucker or two, so crappy stock electronics aren't a problem per se.

    Any recommendations/related advice?
  2. elros


    Apr 24, 2004
    Proprietor, Helland Musikk Teknologi
    I recommend you ask the crowd at the ERB forum.
  3. Jjango


    Nov 16, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I don't think most here would consider a five-string an "extended-range bass", since fivers are pretty standard nowadays.

    Since you are looking for advice in buying a five-string, I would start a thread with a title that states this clearly, as in "Seeking five-string bass recommendation".

    The title of this thread will likely give most people the wrong impression.
  4. Geðrven'


    Sep 25, 2008

    Well, I'm looking to tune it to F#...I guess you're right, that's not really "extended" range so much as "shifted" range (original post edited accordingly), but I'm particularly interested in hearing from folks with ERB's, since their range covers mine, but most people's doesn't.
  5. MyUsernameHere

    MyUsernameHere ?????????????

    Nov 3, 2007
    Lexington KY
    Hmmm...I can't think of one bass that fits all of your criteria (price included). Might have to decide which characteristics are most important to you and which ones you can live without.
  6. Double Agent

    Double Agent

    Mar 10, 2006
    Lakeland, FL
    Sounds to me like an MTD Kingston would fit the bill, other than the neck-thru part. A used Spector Euro would fit the bill, other than the wide spacing & zero fret parts. An Ibanez BTB might also work, but I don't think those are neck-thru either.
  7. ysand


    Mar 26, 2005
    I suggest MTD Kingston or Spector Euro too, depending on how wide spacing you want.
  8. Jjango


    Nov 16, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Ah, gotcha, Geðrven' – best of luck in your search!
  9. Willy2911


    Sep 11, 2008
    OC California
    I play an Ibanez Sr905 It is an awsome Axe - Check it out
  10. low5_er


    May 9, 2006
    there's also those Cort Elrick JPS5's, but they aren't neck thru either. I think they are discontinued now, or built under a different model name.

    +1 on the MTD kingston models, especially the ZX5.
    The only thing I can think of that is neck thru and 35" scale is the Ibanez BTB prestige models. They come with a bart electronics. I found playing the BTB prestige that the strings felt "tighter" than on the MTD KZ5 I tried.
  11. SurrenderMonkey


    Aug 18, 2006
    BTBs, ESPs, a Spector Euro LX if you are lucky. 35'' scale for higher string tension. If you are lucky enough, you may even bump into an old Status, they sound very clean with massive low end. It's hard to guess with a F# tuning though.

    imo, a nice BTB (prestige if you are lucky) would be a good bet.

    The knuckle Quake would be perfect, but they are expensive, they are basically customs.
  12. Dan Knowlton

    Dan Knowlton Sarcasm: Just ONE of the many services I offer! Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Palm Coast, FL
    I've never tried my Lakland with the F# tuning but it seems to meet most of your other criteria! Great sounding instrument.

    Dan K.
  13. Geðrven'


    Sep 25, 2008
    Thanks all for the responses.

    Knuckle bass - exactly what I'm looking for, except over twice my budget. For that money, I could get a RAN made exactly how I like it (assuming their basses are as good as their guitars).

    These BTB's are looking pretty good, and I like what I read about them...are the Prestige models worth the extra cost and effort of finding one? Anyone selling a 575 or 1305 (or similar discontinued model)?

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