What 5 string would you buy for £4000

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bubinga5, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. bubinga5


    Jun 6, 2006
    Im coming into some money before xmas. me being a bassist i had instant GAS.. i have probably £4000 to spend.im not sure what this is in $.? im looking for inspiration. I want a big bodied bass with a jazz bass tone but modern. i so want a Pensa Jazz bass but im aware that Rudy doesnt make instruents any more.?
  2. irbass


    Jun 16, 2011
    Charlotte - NC
    Ask a Luthier to do one for you. it's the best way to do it for your taste.

    But if you want to buy it from big company's or big luthier's
    Jens Ritter he do the finest bass, will be around $4,500.00 to 9,000.00 the standard ones. When i say standard is better the most nice basses you know.
    He knows quality.

    This guy did the the Flora Aurum bass.

    My 0.2 cents
  3. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    WOW!! :eek: £4000 is alot. That's about $6042 or €4624.

    My opion : Don't give away that amount of money for a bass guitar all at once. Just split the money in 2 and keep the other half for a nice cab or something :)

    If you want a modern jazz tone, why don't you buy a Jazz bass? :) You only spend around 2000 for the bass and than you still have 2000 left!
  4. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Get a Sadowsky NYC and put the rest in savings.
  5. Blairb


    Nov 1, 2007
    You Brits have so many great boutique bass builders, I wouldn't know where to begin....I'd still get a Carvin or and Ibanez and have a lot of that foldable stuff in my pocket.
  6. Seriously, +1 on the Carvin. Amazing, amazing instruments.
  7. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    I'd be thinking two basses for that money - maybe fretted and fretless. Definitely check out ACG - the uber spec models look amazing and the standard customs start at £1600.

    Nice dilemma to have!
  8. dcalde78


    Apr 17, 2012
  9. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once...

    Feb 24, 2013
    If I were determined to spend that kind of money, I'd be talking to Joe Zon - but that's just me...

    I expect there are several custom luthiers who can do what you want. Or you can park the money in an interest-bearing account and stalk what you want. When it appears, you'll know it - and in such situations, cash talks...
  10. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    These basses can cover it all for you

    Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V


    Ibanez SR Prestige 5005e


    Ibanez Grooveline G105


    Ibanez BTB Premium 1405e


    Spector Euro 5 LX


    Pic one out, they all will do fine :)
  11. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    Oh yes, nearly forgot Dingwall. I'd get a Dingwall ABZ - and a custom ACG.
  12. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Carvins are fine basses, but for $6K, there are a lot better options.
  13. bigjames

    bigjames Player of Smooth Lines

    I got my Sadowsky NYC for a little over $4000. Well, perhaps a little closer to $5000. Love it.
  14. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Lake Conroe, TX

  15. A couple of suggestions, all in the Jazz bass genre and all of them with great cred and a host of faithful adherents:

    Fender custom shop
    Mike Lull
    Alleva Coppolo
    Fodera (the NYC's would be in your range)
    Ritter (you could find a used Cora within your price range)
    And don't forget
    F Bass (the VF5's and mellower BN5's).

    If you're going to be spending so much cash, you may want to consider which will hold its value best. (You will notice that I haven't mentioned Warwick, for example).

    Good luck.
  16. Status. Not only will you be supporting local business, you'll have a kickass bass and money left to my some amplification!
  17. Or get an Enfield with the fancy pickups. Or, just buy one of those fancy pickups and ask Rob at Status to put it into a bass (if he can), then you'll have amazing versatility!
  18. A Roscoe Signature and a new amp?