which bass should i buy?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lizzyb, Jul 9, 2003.

  1. lizzyb


    Jul 9, 2003
    hello all!
    I am looking for a new 5 string bass. Ive been playing for 2 years now and need a better and more durable (ok so im clumsy plus i have to leave my bass in school music rooms where people really like to pick it up) My price range is around $500 but im flexable (the joy of still being a kid with parentswho are willing to lend you money) I want a good bass but dont really know much about brands because i was taught bass by guitarists and i dont really know many bassists. Anyway please recommend a good 5 string bass for around $500.

  2. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
    Probably the best bass for your price range is the MTD Kingston. They are under $500.
  3. Ben Mishler

    Ben Mishler

    Jan 22, 2003
    San Jose
    The MTD Heir or Kingston would be the best way to go unless you are willing to buy used, then your options open up a little bit more.
  4. bassbabe1


    Jul 9, 2003
    Hi Liz,

    I know an awesome bass. I play one also...its an M Bass. They are a bit more than 500 bucks, but well worth the investment!!!! It would be like 1200 bucks. Check out the web site I saw, it made my buy mine! It's still a young business, but really great work. The looks, feel, weight, sound, and much more will blow you away! I thought I'd let you know.


  5. lizzyb


    Jul 9, 2003
    thanks to both of you

    I would deffinitlybe willingto buy used but then what bass would you reccomend and do you have any tips for making sure i get a good bass?

  6. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Umm... Those look pretty nice, but they are way out of her $500 price range.
  7. I myself would recommend a used Ibanez BTB405 or Lakland skyline 55-01. Both of them run about or just under $500 used, and even new they're about $600 to $700. Of course, you can occasionally be really lucky and have something like a used G&L or Peavey Cirrus come around at near that price, although those are usually a bit higher in price. The Kingston is also a good bet, although I myself don't really like one pickup passive basses that aren't P-basses. Again, just me, and the best thing you can do for you is to go out and try some basses for yourself:bassist:
  8. i saw a peavy cirrus for 450 :/ i missed out
  9. lizzyb


    Jul 9, 2003
    again, thanks for responding. I h ave a couple questions...

    am I being compleatly unrealistic trying to find a good 5 string for $500?

    does anyone in the Westchester or Manhatten area know of a good store where i could but a used bass? all the stores I know of are either new or over priced used.

    thanks again!

  10. i just sold my kingston... as far as the neck is concerned i liked it... as for everything else... IT SUCKED... the sound was clean and even but the output was super low and the slap tone was attrocious
  11. dgce


    Jun 17, 2001
    Massachusetts, USA
    Hit the W48 Street strip in Manhattan (what I call the groovy guitar ghetto). If they make it, its there.

    I'd check into the Schecter Stelletto basses. They have several 5 string models some in your price range (definately if its used)


    There's the Mex Jazz 5 string. I've seen the passive model as cheap as $360 brand new with gig bag. However, I'd opt for the active model. You probably could score one used under $500. Oh, and there's always Squire (can't say I'm a fan of the newer stuff though, but who knows, you might dig).

    There's Dean basses. I've found great deals of them online dean

    The Ibanez SRX505 might just clear $500 ibanez These seem pretty cool. I'm not a big fan of the Ibanez SR series in 5 string models but I'm sure you could score one of them for under $500. The BTB 5 are great but you'll have to do some serious searching to score one for $500; perhaps used.

    There's Peavey imports that would clear $500.


    And finally! Check music yo. They sell Kramers, Steinbergers, and Tobias direct super cheap--many of them 5-string. music yo

    Now go off and ponder, grasshopper!

  12. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Reviewer: Bass Player Magazine
    No, not at all. Good thing you're getting advice from here as well. My second bass was to be a five-string, and I also had $500 to spend, but I knew nothing of basses and didn't have a site like this to aid me, and I ended up paying list on a Samick 5er. It lasted me for years, but I could have gotten a much better bass for the money.

    If you're looking used for fives, I've seen Warwick Corvettes for about that price as well as Conklin Groove Tools and Lakland Skylines. If you want a new one, I'd go for a Fender Jazz MIM or a Warwick Rockbass Corvette, although I always make note that you can usually purchase a standard used Corvette for the price of a new Rockbass Corvette.

    I'd look in the Classifieds here at TB, as well as
    www.accessbass.com (for a Kingston)

    and feel free to ask any other questions before you buy. I don't want anyone else to make the same mistake I did.
  13. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Inactive

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao EspaƱa
    I dont know how good are you but you should check out the schecter omen-5 from www.guitarcenter.com its a well rounded 5 string