What bass has these characteristics?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by stretch80, Nov 30, 2005.

  1. Here's my question -- in search of the ideal (to me) bass...

    Is there a 5-string bass out there that combines:

    - The playability of a Cirrus 5
    - The booty of a p-bass, w/ an ability to get an old-school tone..
    - Good B string feel and growl
    - A strong, ringing (but bassy) high end (I'm not a slapper, and I like the high end to still sound solid and bass-y)

    My budget is probably up to $1500 or so, but might go a little higher...

    thanks for all thoughts!
  2. Lo end PUNCH

    Lo end PUNCH

    Jan 28, 2005
    A Le Compte VBX, all that and more!. ;)
  3. LeCompte-hadn't heard of them? Production basses, or handmade?
  4. Lo end PUNCH

    Lo end PUNCH

    Jan 28, 2005
    Go to his website, he's a custom builder who posts a lot here and in the Luthier's Corner forum. Scroll down and read the Le Compte mega-thread. Bud will build to your specs and sound requirements and best of all, it's a custom hand-built bass!
  5. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    My MTD 535 blended to the neck pickup gets the best "5 string P-bass" tone I've heard so far. Not that it sounds that much "like a P-bass", but its got that same shape and attitude. A little out of your price range ... but save up and find a used one.

    Zon Sonus 5/2 did pretty well also.
  6. Fretless5verfan


    Jan 17, 2002
    You might want to look for a used Roscoe. That's almost exactly what i was looking for in a bass and my SKB killed my GAS like nobody's business.
  7. grygrx

    grygrx Lookout! Here comes the Fuzz!

    Dec 24, 2003
    Columbia, MO
    Dingwall AB1/2
  8. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    IMHO, it perfectly matches your criteria.
  9. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Putnam, CT
    A used Mike Lull P5 may fit your needs.
  10. Gotta agree with the Roscoe Beck.
  11. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    Roscoe Beck, Mike Lull; Modulus Genesis, Musiciman Stingray 5. The Roscoe Beck is my favorite bass that I don't own yet! It can do that and it's passive. Old school sound with so many options with the pickup switching. One of the best bass values around
  12. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    I'm a huge RB5 guy. The only caveat is that it doesn't have the playability of the Cirrus. The RB5 has a wider/chunkier neck. But I find the asymmetric profile to be extremely comfortable... maybe you can adjust?? Good luck in your search!
  13. thanks everybody for all the good ideas.

    I'm around Boston, where it's (for no good reason) hard to find high-end basses to play - but I'll do my best.

    I've never seen a Roscoe Beck - sounds interesting. I know a bassist who's got a Roscoe LG 6 -- I'll see if I can try his out ...
  14. There's a Mike Lull 5 string P bass, Bass player says it's fantastic and it looks the part too. :bassist:
  15. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    I assume you`re not thinking there`s relation between
    a "Roscoe Beck" and the "Roscoe LG 6".
  16. I think you may be a bit confused. A Roscoe Beck and a Roscoe are two different basses made by different companies. The Roscoe Beck being referred to above is a Fender Roscoe Beck signature 5 string.
  17. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Right-o. "RB5" in my post above is shorthand for the Fender Roscoe Beck 5.