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What is a good 6 String

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by cabooke, Jan 27, 2002.

  1. cabooke


    Jan 26, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    Hey everyone. I am wanting to pick up a 6-String in the $1000 to $1500 dollar range. I don't want to go to psyco, in case I don't like it. Most of the gigs that I play are Jazz/Fusion and theater settings. Thanks.
  2. neptoon

    neptoon Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2000
    Melbourne, FL
    my recommendation would be to try as many as you can and find what's good for you. as far as new basses go, that's in the peavey cirrus/ibanez btb range, or maybe a bolt-on warwick, all of which are awesome instruments. the best thing to do, however, is go used. you can get some really great basses for 1500 bucks used. you can try bassnw.com as well as the bassgear.com classifieds. as a matter of fact, i got a used usa curbow rockwood 6 string from mike z. here on the board in that price range. awesome deal. i'm telling you, man, people are letting some keepers go at great prices. just look around.
  3. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    I found myself liking the Peavy Cirrus the most out of all the 6's I tried.

    Some other good 6's imo are

    Yamaha TRB
    Ibanez BTB
  4. uglybassplayer


    Aug 24, 2001
    New Jersey
    Whatever you do, don't buy one before you've had a chance to play it first. Some sixers have necks that could be mistaken for freeways (which incidently, some people like). Of the ones I've tried, the Cirrus felt the best to me. (of course, I ended up buying a Cirrus 5 instead)
  5. neptoon

    neptoon Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2000
    Melbourne, FL

    yeah, you could easily use the neck of my curbow 6 as a motorcycle loading ramp...no kidding
  6. Sorin Cristea

    Sorin Cristea

    Jan 15, 2002
    Try some Warwick neck-thru's,or,as a matter of taste,Yamaha TRB 6II (neck-through),or,even better,TRB JP (bolt-on).The late is a sacre monster!
  7. I just got a TRB6II and it's bolt on.
  8. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Dang! I like the neck on that Curbow, Neptoon. I like wide spacing. So what is the bridge/nut spacing on that beast?
  9. SteveBob


    Jul 5, 2001
    tobias! tobias! tobias! go to musicyo.com... look at the toby pros... they are like 670$ put a new pre-amp..(bart hr 5.4) that is like 175$...50-100 to have in installed... boom! you got yourself a nice bass... i have one..its my babe.... i'm in love with it... yea thats right i'm in love with a 650 dollar 6 string bass and i'm pround of it!!! if you want more info email me... believe me... its a kickass bass...

    and yes i do have mental problems
  10. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    The standard spacing on a Curbow six string is 20mm at the bridge, and 2 3/16" width at the nut, but he'll do whatever spacing you want. I've got the 5 string version of the neck, and it's easier to play than you think. The necks are superthin, but still feel solid.
  11. neptoon

    neptoon Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2000
    Melbourne, FL
    i second that! ;) thanks, brendan :D it's a little wide for most bassist's taste, but it's great for me. and it was so easy to adapt to. man, i would have an arsenal of these things if i could afford it

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    I have an Ibanez BTB 6 string, and for the money, it is a great bass. It is relatively light, and has a fairly tight response on the B. I play mostly jazz, and I bought this bass to get started on. The bass is very versatile, and has a good sound. I have just ordered a 6 string Signiture Warrior(IMHO, one of the best 6's out there along with F basses). However, the Warrior costs a small fortune! I hope I have given some help!
  13. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    BassLab STD.
    Still wake up some nights because I have difficulties to turn in bed with that axe on my chest (though I don't actually have it on, just dreamin' of it). Wattcha mean?? "weirdo"?????
  14. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    In your price range, I recommend the Peavey Cirrus. I have a Cirrus Custom 6 and it is the best 6 string under $2500 that I have ever played.
  15. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    I can't believe nobody has mentioned Zon! If you look hard enough, you can find a Zon 6 for around $1500.
  16. Jeff in TX

    Jeff in TX Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2000
    Lone Star State
    I would also recommend you look into DP Custom. Dave is building a hand-made six for me that is completely custom to my specs for a very reasonable price - well within your range.

    Just another option...

    You can see the progress on mine by clicking the link in my sig below.

    Good luck!
  17. I'm thinking of buying a Spector NS JH 6CM (maybe in royal blue stain, for its my fav color...) or a Warwick Streamer 6 LX...but idk which would be cheaper, look better, and most of all sound better over the other one...:( :( :(

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