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selecting a new 5 string. . .

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bhodges, Nov 25, 2003.


  1. bhodges

    bhodges

    Nov 25, 2003
    Hi folks. I'm in the market for a new 5 string and have read some of the posts here already, but still a bit overwhelmed.

    So a few questions and a plea for some suggestions.

    I currently play a buddy's stock 75 P-Bass in a rock/blues band. I love everything about this bass. The feel, the sound, everything. I picked up a G&L SB100 pretty cheap a while back to practice on at home, but I don't like it nearly as much as the P-Bass. Also, I never use a pick, just doesn't feel comfortable to me on the bass.

    I'm really just in the market for a new bass and I figured I'd like to go with a 5 string if possible. I'm looking for a more conservative body style if at all possible.

    So, what can I look at in the $1000 range that will give me a similar feel and sound to the P-Bass?

    And, how well will that guitar transfer over into playing more alternative/heavy type rock?


    Sorry for my ignorance. I'm a drafted bass player and 100% self taught so I'm not really a historian when it comes to bass guitars and their similarities or cross over capabilities. Your input is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    A month ago or so, there was a pre-owned 2002 Fender Precision V for sale over at www.bassgear.com. It was slightly modded (to passive electronics, which is a cool mod IMHO), and asking price was below $800. I almost went for it, but I own too many basses as it is and have another on the way.
     
  3. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    I was pretty happy with the P bass clone my G&L L2500 could pull off. Very solid bass.

    If you dig the Fender vibe, I also suggest trying out a Roscoe Beck.
     
  4. GRoberts

    GRoberts Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Tucson, AZ USA
    I bought a G&L triubte L-2500 5-string. (Korean made but outstanding!)It gets a great P bass sound plus a great PJ sound as well. Neck is very much like a P-bass to my hands. Active electronics can be made passive if need be. Wonderful value.
     
  5. bhodges

    bhodges

    Nov 25, 2003
    I do like the look of this one and it seems to get very good reviews across the board. Know a good place online I might pick one of these up?

    Here's the pictures
     
  6. bhodges

    bhodges

    Nov 25, 2003
    ok I was able to find that Premium in the Natural finish for $599 at a big commercial music site. Don't know if there is a policy on posting commercial websites or not.

    Thanks for your input guys.
     
  7. GRoberts

    GRoberts Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Tucson, AZ USA
    That is the EXACT same bass I bought! Ash Body, Rosewood fingerboard. I bought mine localy however here in Tucson. They are priced all day long at $599.00. I got mine for $520 with an extra set of strings and the G&L gig bag which is a great gig bag!
     
  8. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    I think you have already found it. BassNW ships most anywhere and they are pretty price competitve as far as I know. Give them a call.
     
  9. bovinehost

    bovinehost

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    Do yourself a favor and check out the Reverend Rumblefish basses. The looks are not for everyone, but if you want big fat old school thump and one of the best fiver necks in production, it's a good deal and a great instrument.

    I think the website is http://www.reverenddirect.com

    Here's a photo of one in real life:

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    35" scale, too. Strung up with flats, you can play blues, rock, whatever you want. I ain't kidding - the tone will knock you out.

    In any case, good luck.