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What bass would you buy?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by npbassman, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. npbassman


    Apr 25, 2002
    OK let's play a game! You have $1500 to spend on a new 5-string bass. ($2,000 if you really fall in love with something). You play everything from classic rock, disco, 80's hair stuff to what's on the radio today and have used a Modulus Q5 as your go-to bass during 5 years of gigging. That's what feels like home but you're looking for a little more warmth while still retaining that strong, clear low B.

    I've been kinda looking at the Carvin SB5000 but what would you buy?

    Thanks for reading! Mike
  2. ubnomnar

    ubnomnar Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    So Cal
    Can't play this game... I'd rather spend $1500 on a used bass... that orginally cost $2500+
  3. GK Growl

    GK Growl

    Dec 31, 2011
    Can't play this game either. I'm too frugal to spend that much on a bass.
  4. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Love my 2010 Fender Precision V. About $1200 at GC new. Cops all of those tones. Nice weight. Decent color choices.
  5. The Q5 Imo is one of the top 5 bangers ever made. If it were me I'd consider trying other strings, flats, and/or changing out the pickups before I'd drop serious money on a new bass.
    My '91 Q5 is stock with the EMG's and I've had no problem dialing in the tone I want between the onboard controls and eq on any of my amps. A lot of guys don't like the EMG's but I like 'em just fine.
  6. Brand new Fender MIA P-bass.
  7. Me... I'd buy one of the new USA Deluxe Precision. Lots of tonal variety with the P/J configuration. Active/Passive switch, three-band on-board EQ. Awesome bass, all around.

    Edit: My Mistake. You're wanting a V.
  8. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Lakland 55-02, or a 55-01 and upgrade the electronics.

    Or...a Spector. You can get a used USA NS-5 for under $2000 easy, possibly around $1500.
  9. JSpradBass


    Mar 3, 2013
    Columbus, OH
    G&L M2500
  10. cv115505

    cv115505 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Oklahoma City
    I have a number of recommendations... If you like the graphite sound, you could get a Moses neck on a Warmoth 5 string Jazz body with whatever pickups and preamp. G&L M2500 or L2500 is always a solid choice. Musicman Bongo is a solid choice though, if it were me, I'd go with the Stealth line for the ebony fingerboard. Reverend Mercalli 5 is a bit below your price range, but I feel they'd be worth checking out. Lakland Skyline is another noteworthy design for their versatility (5505 or the 5 sting jazz). If you're willing to go used you could always get a used Modulus, US Lakland and many other great designs in that price range.
  11. Never would I ever spend that much on a bass. I'd rather get a cheapie, and customize the hell out of it.
  12. pudgychef

    pudgychef Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2005
    Chongqing, China
    those Carvins get a lot of love...

    I would be tempted to camp out in the TB classifieds confident I would very quickly find a killer used 5 for $1500..
  13. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    Lakland, used. Maybe a decent Fender Jazz. No P-Bass,not versatile enough.
    The market is saturated with really good used gear for a fraction of the cost of new.
    i.e. My local CL recently had every Eden amp & cab made listed on there all for 1/2 the price of new.
    Have fun shopping.
  14. Bongo, Carvin or Lakland. USED.
  15. FourBanger


    Sep 2, 2012
    SE Como
    I can't pick you bass for you, bro. In your price range everything should be a good bass and it all comes down to taste.

    Now if you gave ME the money to buy MYSELF a bass it would be a MM Sterling.
  16. maxpayneatlarge


    Mar 9, 2012
    Easy to me, Bongo 5. You'd have to talk the dealer down off their listed price more likely, but I know for a fact they have room to sell for 1500 and still make a nice profit.

  17. SRFSterling5


    Sep 24, 2011
    Brand new Lakland 55-02 as another TB member suggested.


    For 2k you can do a few more upgrades.
  18. wrench45us


    Aug 26, 2011
    there was a thread about Lakland custom builds at 34 inch scale and eventually moving them into production. If I was OP I'd look into that.

    But for me, I like what Joseph Zon produces. Might be possible to find a used USA Zon in that range.
  19. UK Philip

    UK Philip

    Sep 5, 2013
    american standard precision.

    no need to have anything else since that's what i play. a lot of people are almost pornographic about their tastes but my life is simple.

    edit: balls to it, give me 2 MIM for that price and i'll pull the frets out of one of them. then i'll put the $500 in change towards a new amp.
  20. MyMusic


    Jun 1, 2010
    Dover, De
    Carvin XB75!!!!!!