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What's the best 5 string bass for the modern country sound?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by draygriff, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. I'm an old rocker that has landed a position with a really good country band that works regularly. I need a 5 string bass. Any ideas or suggestions?
  2. Five string P
  3. musicman666


    Sep 11, 2011
    stingray 5
  4. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it

    Oct 31, 2006
    Lakland 5
  5. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Daytona beach, Fl
  6. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
  7. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Get the Lakland Bob Glaub model five-string Precision... :bassist:

  8. Ric5

    Ric5 SUSPENDED Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    What's the best 5 string bass for the modern country sound?


    Something with a good 3 or 4 band preamp would be my choice.
  9. Mousekillaz


    Nov 25, 2009
    Anacortes Wa.
    A 4 string P-Bass tuned BEAD of course.
  10. MTD CRB-5; P comfort, 34" scale, Buzz Feiten tuning, and a familiar feel, for "an old rocker."
  11. IronLung1986


    May 19, 2010
    Exeter, NH
    this is probably the best answer lol...country guys tend to be on the conservative side and i think a good old P bass is what a lot of them like to see. i used my warwick $$ at a bluegrass gig once and got several comments about its "funny" looks. imagine if i had brought my Bongo!

    i guess it all depends on whether you want to fit in or shake things up. i could go either way depending on my mood that day haha.
  12. TobyG


    Dec 16, 2009
    I am SO close to breaking down and buying one of the new American Standard Precision V. I have been playing 4- and 5-string Jazz basses for 20 years, but only since my Precision was stolen from my vehicle. Been waiting for Fender to finally make the 5-string P-bass. Now is certainly not a good time financially for me to spend the bucks, but DAMN IT I want one.
  13. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Treker 5 string
  14. I tried the Fender 5 str P and the neck was just too big. I also tried a EBMM Stingray 5. It felt good and was about $1750. Sorry about not giving the budget. I want to keep it below $2000. I can't afford to sell my other kydney.
  15. Smit_Dogg


    May 17, 2009
    Cumbria, UK
    I found it hard to find a 5 string i liked. I guess the best way is to test out as many as possible and find which one has the best playabilty, you can always alter tone post buy with some different electronics. Lakland and Yamaha seem to suit me best. I missed out on buying a Lakland 55-01 because i went home from my local music store to think on it, and it was snap up by the time i returned to buy it. Fortunately for me, they had just received a Yamaha TRB1005J in the store which played like a dream but didn't sound as nice as the Lakland. I still bought it on playability alone and a few mods later, its now sounding like a high end professional bass . I also really liked Marleaux but they're wwwwaaaayyyyyy out of my budget.
  16. Yamaha BBN5

  17. RadioRob

    RadioRob Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2012
    I use a Fender American Standard Jazz V for Country. Oh yea its sunburst for effect. :D
  18. this is what i'm seeing more than anything else