Very eventually...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JayAmel, Oct 15, 2004.

Low price 5-string

Poll closed Oct 22, 2004.
  1. Cort New Action Bass (265 EUR)

    7 vote(s)
  2. Ibanez SR 205 (340 EUR)

    13 vote(s)
  3. Squier Showmaster MB5 (350 EUR)

    2 vote(s)
  4. Rockbass Streamer - passive (415 EUR)

    28 vote(s)
  5. Yamaha BB405 (460 EUR)

    41 vote(s)
  6. Other (please specify)

    32 vote(s)
  1. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Aurillac, France
    Hi folks,

    Just been engaged by a cover band.
    The playlist (65 songs) includes some that require a low B string.
    Well, I'm not a 5-string addict, but I'll probably have to get one, just for these 5 or 6 songs.
    Said another way : all songs that don't require an extra string will be played on my 4 string.

    So I need a bass with the following requirements :
    - low price
    - decent low B
    - decent tone versatility

    I've narrowed my choice and would appreciate your opinions and feedbacks.
    Many thanks !

    Oh, by the way, please don't suggest Essex : they are not available for France.
  2. Jean, out of the basses that you listed, I would go with the Yamaha.

    I actually played a Yamaha BB405 a few days ago, and it is a very good bass for the money, and has a Fender-like tone and feel. I own an older model which is very similar to the BB405, it's a BBN5 II. The B string is pretty good overall, and very good considering I only paid $400 for it new.

    My second choice would be the Rockbass.

    Good luck whatever you buy.

  3. slombovia


    Jul 15, 2003
    I am a determined follower of Jesus Christ and am a Mormon.
    Jean, if I had to pick one I would say the Yamaha but I think they are all a waste of money. Have you considered BEAD tuning your 4-string? I think it's a great option unless you need the G for pops or solos or something. That's my 'Other' vote.

    Best of luck,
    Tom H.
  4. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
    Lakland 55-01.

    Or, a second four string tuned BEAD.
  5. Dincrest


    Sep 27, 2004
    New Jersey
    Like someone else said, of those choices, go with the Yamaha. My housemate has a late '90s BB series fiver and I think it's a great bass. I can dial in a bunch of great sounds from it. Also, I much prefer the neck profile of Yamaha basses over Ibanez. Ibanez is definitely a try before you buy deal. Some people love the neck profiles, other don't.

    Or maybe a Spector Performer 5 would be a good choice too. I believe it has a 35" scale and many swear that a 35" scale makes the low B sound better.
  6. Folmeister

    Folmeister Knowledge is Good - Emile Faber Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    Tomball, Texas
  7. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Lakland Skyline 55-02 or tune BEAD since you are so used to 4 strings. But I'd bet if you tried a 55-02 you'd take to it pretty quickly.


  8. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Aurillac, France
    Thanks to all for your feedbacks, opinions and votes !

    Well, Laklands are sure an excellent choice, but I really don't want to spend that much for a 5er I will use for only a few songs... Skylines here are in the 850/1300 EUR range, much too much for what I need, though I'm certain they are worth every penny they cost and probably much more.

    I'm not into the 5-string thing really, I prefer playing 4ers the most I can. The essential reason is the width of the neck. I like thin ones, and 5ers never have real thin necks, for obvious reasons. (BTW, after 5 months of intensive playing on it, my Highway 1 Jazz Bass is a killer...)

    To be quite honest, the Yamaha BB was the one I was spontaneously leaning towards.

    Also, thanks for the BEAD suggestion, but I'm really used to standard EADG tuning, and yes, I do need the G string...

  9. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Out of the ones you have listed, I would pick the Yamaha. Nice to see you coming around here again.:)
  10. Yamaha seems to make quality stuff in all price ranges so I would go with that one (of the ones you listed)

    you might also check on the availabilty of the MTD kingston line.
  11. I'd be leaning towards the Yamaha as well. They're solid basses with what I consider to be nice necks.
  12. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Aurillac, France
    Thanks again ! The Yamaha BB actually seems to be the most appropriate one...
  13. Bard2dbone


    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    I picked 'other' thinking about the MTD Heir or Kingston.

    I need to get a fiver myself. My problem is that I have twenty-five years experience playing fours with roughly 3/4" spacing. Going more narrow is more irritating to me than a wide neck. So I am stuck looking for a wide-spaced five. And the stores around here only seem to carry narrow-spaced fives.

    I have great access to what I don't want and almost no access to what I do want. Does this sound familiar to anyone else?
  14. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    Anyone who reads this website and lives outside of the US knows EXACTLY what you mean.
  15. screwball


    Jul 25, 2004
    Manchester UK
    Too true :crying: but at least you don't live on a tiny rock, with one guitar shop, that has 3 mexican fenders and one amp.

    <edit - back on topic>...I'd go for the Yamaha
  16. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    During the summer I had to pick up a 5-string for a gig I landed. Here's my my story and 20/20 hindsight:

    Bought a Cort that I forgot the model of and just noticed they discontinued when I went to their site. It was the cheap one with the MM and jazz pickup. The neck was really wide and uncomfortable, and I really disliked the sound. I bougt it online without ever playing it cuz the price was right and it looked great. Doh!

    About a week later, I was in a store and played a used Cort Curbow that felt amazing. Neck was a lot more narrow, and it felt really comfortable - almost like I was playing my Sterling. The bass had, and still has, a loud electronic buzz - but the feel is amazing, and I've been using it. This bass made the transition from 4 to 5 doable, pleasant even.

    I was miserable with the first bass, I'm happy with the second bass, but I'm starting to wish I had waited a little longer, or shopped a little more carefully. The first bass was a complete waste of money. Wound up selling it for about $150 less than I paid so I lost that. Then I started hearing about Curbows being really quiet basses, and think I'd have been a lot happier if I simply spent the extra $150 from he other bass and bought a brand new Curbow.

    This is a very long and boring story I just realized but I've gone too far to stop now.

    After playing lots of 5 strings - I really wish again as I said above that I'd have been less hasty as I'm quite sure i'm going to pick up a Rockbass now. Of all the 5ers I've played under a 700 bucks - the Rockbass seems to be the most solid and comfortable - I somewhat regret the above choices I made. If the curbow was quiet I think I'd be really happy though - even though I'm not exactly crazy about the looks.

    My suggestion after all of this is to PLAY the basses. If you can't, you're taking a real gamble, especially going from 4 to 5. If it doesn't feel right, and you're anything like me, it's going to be torture to play and you're going to dread picking it up. I felt like that with the original COrt, with the Curbow I feel comfortable and at home. I'd feel most comfortable with a rockbass. Blah blah blah....
  17. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
  18. tomd03


    Oct 8, 2004
    Alberta Canada
    DEFINETLY the S.U.B.5. I have one and i like it more then a Stingray 5 i played in a music store (for real!).

    But, if you are going to get one, make sure you get the active kind, because the passive just sounds like crap.
  19. tomd03


    Oct 8, 2004
    Alberta Canada

    sry i'm double posting here, and off topic, but i have a curbow 4 and it's amazing. i've had it for about 3-4 years and i found it to be a fairly loud bass when you fiddle with the controls/electronics a bit. :) nice to see another curbower around here