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Which 5 strings for funk... ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pmaraziti, May 7, 2006.

What 5 strings for Funk ?

Poll closed May 27, 2006.
  1. Streamer Stage I - 5 Strings

    14 vote(s)
  2. Streamer Stage II - 5 strings

    17 vote(s)
  3. G&L L-2500

    27 vote(s)
  4. Modulus Quantum 5

    25 vote(s)
  5. Stingray 5 HH

    84 vote(s)
  6. Lakland 55-94

    44 vote(s)
  1. pmaraziti


    Feb 12, 2006
    Madrid, Spain
    Hi there,

    Here an other poll, I really like those.... :)

    So, I have an American Fender Jazzbass V. I'm starting lo learn some funk, and I'd not mind to give soem company to my JB.

    I'd like to have a five strings, I want one with an excellent B string, and I'm thinking of several names. I have a preference for the SSI (I like Stuart Zender tone), but I'm open minded and I'd like to ask your opinion.

    The choices are pretty different in price, so let's discard this factor for the time being. What's the best to funkify :) IYO and why ?

    Saludos and thanks,
  2. Darth Tater

    Darth Tater

    May 20, 2005
    Actually I think a standard Stingray 5 (single pickup) would be best.
  3. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Im partial to the stingray 5 hh ;)

    Great B string, great tone all around, amazing slap tone. I disagree with the notion to go with a single pickup sr5 , since you can get that tone on the HH in position 1. The only difference in the basses being that you can not play in series or single coil mode. That is the only drawback. IMO the new features, (and low end) outweigh that drawback.
  4. Daywalker


    Apr 13, 2005
    I voted for the SSI. I own two stage IIs, but I believe a stage I would be better suited for funk. You could use either streamer really, but the maple body on the stage I would sound better for funk I think. Good luck with your choice!:bassist:

  5. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    I prefer the sound and feel of the B-strings on the Lakland 55-94 and the Modulus Q-5 out of your choices. I haven't tried a Quantum with Barts, but my Q-4 with EMG's has a mean slap sound, -and I'm not a great slapper. If you're playing more old school funk, I'd choose the Lakland over the Modulus; IMO it has a bit more warmth.
  6. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I own and voted for the Stingray SR5 HH, but I would suggest you also check out Fender MIA Jazz V, the Jazz V Deluxe, and the Precision V Deluxe. Fender makes some great basses in the $1,000-$1,500 range, so don't sleep on them!
  7. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Cleveland, OH

    whats wrong with the fender you own?
  8. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Its not a Music Man ;)
  9. Smallmouth_Bass


    Dec 29, 2005
    The funk is in the fingers, not the bass!
    I am sure all of those basses listed would do the job well.
  10. adam on bass

    adam on bass Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2002
    New Braunfels, Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Spector, GK, EMG and D'Addario
  11. Moo

    Moo Banned

    Dec 14, 2002
    Oakland, CA
    That's what I was thinking. If his Jazzbass V was in the poll it could win.

    Depending on what day it is ;)
  12. stingray.. perfect for both fingerstyle and slap in funk situations.
  13. Sean Baumann

    Sean Baumann Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2000
    Livin' in the USA
    Funky as in what? Finger style, modern slap stye, old school slap style? I think you'll find that Stuart Zender recorded with many different basses, not just a SSI.

    Actually, I'm diggin on my 1998 Fender Jazz Deluxe V right now. It can get pretty darn punchy and funky.


    May 7, 2006
    Cambridge MA
    I prefer stingray5
    I love the powerful sound
  15. +1000

    HELLonWHEELS Supporting Member

    Jun 13, 2005
    Fender P's have a great slap feel so if you just changed the pickups that would would be one mean bass
  17. PMC89


    May 1, 2006
    New Jersey

    DINGWALL AB II 5 string
  18. Basshole

    Basshole Banned

    Jan 28, 2005
    Warwick Thumb.
  19. Go the SR5 but with a single pickup....Thats my preference anyhoo!
  20. If I had to choose between those options i'd definately go with the ss2, but for funk warwick thumb bolt-on hands down. the tone is incredible, then again mine is just one opinion of many. good luck

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