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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by nlabat, Jul 10, 2013.

  1. nlabat


    Jul 10, 2013
    Miami Beach FL
    Hi Guys im planning to buy a BASS 5 string between 1500 and 2200 $ Bucks and id like to hear for some recomendation,

    i was looking for IBANEZ - FENDER - MusicMan ; and in these brands :

    Ibanez SR5005E
    Fender Amercian Deluxe JB
    MusicMan Bongo HH

    im open to another brands too and at this moment i got my Q4Pro 2000' Spector.

    Thanks a lot for your coments .
  2. Immigrant

    Immigrant In Memoriam

    Welcome to TB!

    I wouldn't rule out USA G&L or Lakland for that kind of dough. I'd go G&L L2500 myself.

    Good luck!
  3. georgestrings

    georgestrings Inactive

    Nov 5, 2005
    I've played and owned alot of 5ers - I have an EBMM Sterling 5 HS that I really like, and is in the price range - I'd recommend taking a look at one of those...

    - georgestrings
  4. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I wouldn't buy any of the ones you listed, but that's due to individual taste, not that there's anything wrong with them. I like the G&L 2500 suggestion myself. There's a couple of used G&L 5 string basses in the classifieds now.
  5. Depends what you want in a bass. What styles of music do you play? Whose tones do you like? Do you like thin necks or thick necks? etc.

    We need more info to recommend a bass for your needs/wants.
  6. I know I'm in the minority, but I've never cared too much for Music Man. Don't think I've played the Ibanez, but my local GC has a 5 string American Deluxe Jazz with a maple neck that is to die for listed at 1800. If I wasn't a broke college kid I would have bought it on the spot. Also, as other people have said, check out G&L
  7. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    Not a brand, but some design characteristics to consider:

    1) Headstock 2 (B&E) + 3 (ADG) so the B string tuner is far enough up on the headstock to prevent binding the string over the nut or around the tuning post.
    2) Lightweight tuners, like Hipshot, Schaller mini or Gotoh mini, to prevent neck dive.
    3) Neck at least 3-piece laminate for strength and to prevent dead spots.
    4) Longer upper horn than on typical 4-string basses so the bass will balance.
    5) "Neck" pickup in the same relative or proportional position as the D-G segment of a P-bass pickup so that there is the proper balance of fundamental and overtones for the B string to speak properly.
    6) Clean pickups and if active is desired, clean preamp, because J-growl does not necessarily mean presence and P-thump does not necessarily mean good fundamental on a 5-string.

    Top line basses like Dingwall have these characteristics.

    Some lower end basses, like my Ibby SRA305 (2011model - paid less than $300 on year-end closeout and it is now my main gig bass) have them as well. You don't necessarily have to spend any set amount to get a good bass. Try them all, from the cheapies to the boutiques, to see what fits you.
  8. nlabat


    Jul 10, 2013
    Miami Beach FL
    I play rock - metal - some alternative vibes like tool, about tones i like my Spector tone, the wawick ones, but never play a fender or ibanez.
    about th neck im not sure, becaus i only play with my Q4 PRO SPECTOR.
  9. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    i'd definitely look into G&L
  10. nlabat


    Jul 10, 2013
    Miami Beach FL
    BTW im not in US now i will buy one from Argentina and a friend of mine will be getting it in US and bringing it to me.

    I checked SAM ASH , Musician Friends, Guitar CEnter,
  11. why don't you look into a spector 5 or warwick 5 since you like those tones? both are well within your price range, specially so if you look for used. check the classifieds section on this forum maybe too.

    I wouldn't go to fender or ibanez if you're into warwick sound.

    arguably you could go g&l2500 and get in the ballpark of the same tone though, although probably you won't be happy with the visual styling.

    some spectors and warwicks share similar body designs... one was a knock off of the other, although I forget which came first. I have a funny feeling it's spector that actually invented the big round long top horn look, then warwick copied it, but I'm running on low coffee early in the morning so might have it completely wrong.
  12. nlabat


    Jul 10, 2013
    Miami Beach FL
    thanks for the reply,
    i was looking for opinions about the basses i put in the first message because those are the ones that i found in the storesthat i mention, and in the other hand i was attract by the IBANEZ for the finished quality (looks like that ); fender because its fender no more to say and about the MM again its MM,

    regarding the neck i found that the Spector I own its Thicker than the IBANEZ that its really thin,
    and i think thtas more like the Warwick neck that at least the only one i try was the Corvette passive basic that its really thin.
  13. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    In that price range you could be looking at used basses that sold for upwards of $4k new... if that interests you. If I were looking at the basses you mentioned I'd be looking at heavily depreciated used examples and spend the remaining funds on something else or save it.
  14. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs
    New Lakland 55-02 (Skyline Model) or used Lakland 55-94 (USA Model).

    they use the exact same electronics and are extremely versatile basses.

    here is a demo:

    the quality and feel is excellent on either....
  15. nlabat


    Jul 10, 2013
    Miami Beach FL
    any Classified suggention ??
  16. nlabat


    Jul 10, 2013
    Miami Beach FL
  17. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    Get a used Sadowsky metro 5 for that money
  18. ThudThudThud


    Jun 4, 2010
    Did you see the post today about the new Carvins?

    For that kind of money, you could have sexeh woods and options.
  19. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Used Modulus Q5
  20. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    A Modulus Q5 would work well in your climate. Since the carbon fiber doesn't get effected by humidity, it would be a bass you can play indoors or out on the same day without any limitations as to the neck. Not to say any of the other basses mentioned are really good choices, but with your budget, choose the best..