SX 5 string plans

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ScubaSteve, Sep 18, 2006.

  1. ScubaSteve


    Jul 30, 2006
    Well I couldn't search for the 9735393 page SX thread with the search function gone, so forgive me for starting this. I've been getting the itch for a low B string lately, and I'm looking for an inexpensive 5 string. I was considering this one:

    Has anyone had experience with that particular bass ? How is the tone of the low B string with the stock pickups ?
  2. Tony G

    Tony G Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2006
    I don't know about the 5'ers from SX. I'd imagine they would have a pretty poor b string, but this is just a hunch. Maybe adding slighly more money to the equation and trying one of these instead would be a better choice:

    This Brice is 35" scale, which should produce an overall tighter b string:

    This is a neck through model, which would also contribute to a nicer b-string:
  3. Thursday


    Nov 24, 2005
    Bronx, New York
    both are nice about I would like to get the latter.
  4. jwbassman

    jwbassman Supporting Member

    Aug 9, 2006
    Don't know much about a SX 5'er. I had a 5 string fretless brice and a 6 string fretted. The key word is "had". I wasn't overly impressed with the pick ups. They look nice....
  5. ScubaSteve


    Jul 30, 2006
    I had also been planning to use some of the overseas EMG active soapbars that are sold on ebay. I can get a set for $50 and I can route the bass out for them and the battery.

    Is the neck joint (bolt on vs. set or thru) really that big of a deal when it comes to a decent sounding B string, or is it more of having good pickups and electronics ?
  6. Tired_Thumb

    Tired_Thumb Guest

    I play a fretless SJB-62, and the low B is fine on mine.
  7. Tony G

    Tony G Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2006

    I think, as do many here, that a good b string comes from many factors. I think first and foremost, a solid b comes from a solidly constructed instrument. I really don't think an SX cookie cutter copy of a p-bass is going to have this quality. On the other hand, the two SX basses I posted seem to have construction differences that may, key word here is "may", produce a better b string.
  8. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    I had an SX 5-string. The B string was good. I'd say very good considering it was less than $200 to my door. I ended up selling it, but only because I found something else I wanted. :D It had a great fingerstyle tone; I think it was the SJB-62, the LPB jazz-style 5er.

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