What are some good five stringers with only one pickup?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MateoG78, Mar 25, 2019.


  1. MateoG78

    MateoG78

    Feb 3, 2019
    Chicago
    Hello everyone I’m looking for a bass, a five string with only one pickup. I would prefer a 35” scale length but a 34” is good too. The position of the pickup doesn’t matter either.

    I play a lot of rock and metal, and my budget can up to $850.

    One option I saw was the NS Design Wav Radius Bass: WAV Radius Bass Guitar | Innovation by Ned Steinberger | NS Design

    Any other options?
     
  2. Riff Ranger

    Riff Ranger Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    Bigfoot Country
    Ibanez ATKs come in 5s. I have had one of the originals since they came out in 1995. Heavy, but comfortable and versatile. Definitely does metal (that’s how I use it). Well within your price range.
     
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  3. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    G&L kiloton
    Warwick corvette FNA
    Warwick masterman (they did a fortress and streamer)
    Stingray

    I don't think any of these are available new for your budget. They can be found used in that ballpark. The G&L Tribute series is great for the money, definitely worth checking out and usually very affordable used
     
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  4. hypercarrots

    hypercarrots

    Jan 28, 2009
    california
    used stingray, new ray35 or usa sub stingray
     
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  5. Riff Ranger

    Riff Ranger Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    Bigfoot Country
    The G&L 5s feel very different from the Stingrays I have tried and my ATK (which feels more like a Stingray than it does other Ibanez basses). I like G&L 4s, but not the 5s I have tried (too chunky of necks for me). I haven’t played many Warwicks; their reputation for baseball bat necks has kept me away, but maybe that’s your thing. Neck on the ATK 5 feels like a standard P bass … only somehow 5.
     
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  6. Riff Ranger

    Riff Ranger Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    Bigfoot Country
    @MateoG78 if you’re ever anywhere near Monterey or Santa Cruz you can take my ATK for a spin.
     
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  7. MateoG78

    MateoG78

    Feb 3, 2019
    Chicago
    For Warwick, how can I tell between a Warwick and a RockBass. I was looking at used Warwicks on GC but I don’t wanna accidentally buy a Rockbass.
     
  8. lowdownthump

    lowdownthump

    Jul 17, 2004
    Find a used Ernie Ball MusicMan Stingray5 or USA made SUB5.
     
  9. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK?

    Squier or Fender PV
     
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  10. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    The ATKs are great! I would highly suggest picking one up and jamming on it. In fact, someone sent me a sound sample of his a while ago, when I was looking at them (I ended up with a talman instead though, which is great by the way. It'll do metal, I've got songs for you to check out with that also if you want to hear how a P with flats rocks death metal). But let me try to find the ATK sample, and I'll post it to you.
     
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  11. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    Here you go bro. Check it out
     

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  12. Riff Ranger

    Riff Ranger Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    Bigfoot Country
    Ahoy there, @JeezyMcNuggles!
     
  13. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
  14. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    Wanna hear some death meatal on a P with flats?
     
  15. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    But for real though, my next bass is going to be an ATK810. I almost bought it bro. It was close. I just couldn't count out the price difference and versatility of the talman.

    Plus, I loved the look of my talman 605.
     
  16. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    Check these out bro. Thats my talman. Everyone wants to rock the high end with metal. My talman, on full P, just sits so well in its own space.


    I recorded these tracks by the way. Not exactly professional
     

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  17. foal30

    foal30

    Dec 3, 2007
    New Zealand
    Tobias Growler
     
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  18. pedroims

    pedroims

    Dec 19, 2007
    Michigan
    My favorites are:

    Stingray 5
    Lakland 55-64

    Both have an excelent B string.
     
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  19. Aloe

    Aloe

    Apr 10, 2016
    Ukraine
    Warwick has a “made in Germany” or “made in Korea” at the back on headstock. Rockbass has “made in China“. Also the serial number reflects what is it, you may check it on Warwick’s website.

    Of course, one can put a genuine neck on a Rockbass body, but usually Rockbass bodies differ from German ones (like 3 pots on a Warwick Corvette vs 4 on Rockbass Corvette), so just Google how does the model you’re after should look.
     
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  20. mmon77

    mmon77 Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2008
    Southern MN
    All the Rockbass serial numbers start with "RB". Older Rockbasses had a one-piece bridge as well, so that's another way. The later ones have a similar two-piece bridge to the ones on the German basses.

    You can look up any Warwick serial number made after 2000 here.
     
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