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Which Cheap 5?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dirk, Sep 3, 2002.


  1. Squier P Special 5

    1 vote(s)
    5.0%
  2. OLP MM3

    4 vote(s)
    20.0%
  3. Yamaha BB404

    11 vote(s)
    55.0%
  4. Other - please specify

    4 vote(s)
    20.0%
  1. dirk

    dirk

    Apr 6, 2000
    Memphis, TN
    I want a cheap 5 to see if I like the feel before I decide to make the jump, plus I don't have much money. Here are my choices: Squier P-Special 5, the OLP MM3 or the Yamaha BB405. I know the Yamaha is about 100 bucks more... I could be missing some in my price range which is 250-400.

    Dirk
     
  2. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    Yamaha.
     
  3. swrbass5

    swrbass5 Gold Supporting Member

    Those Cort Curbow 5's have a decent feel and sound , but they're an acquired taste. Mars Music probably sells them the cheapest. I think they're in about the same price range.
     
  4. Aaron

    Aaron

    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    In that price range you could probably find a mim jazz 5, cort curbow 5, or a MTD K5 used.
     
  5. here is a cheap 5-string that caught my eye...

    kramer Baretta 522S/P Bass

    sure its KOREAN, but have a look at the SPECS on this "toy"...

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    Description:

    Neck-Thru, Solid Wood Construction • 5-Way 'From Funk to Fat' Rotary Pickup Selector • Designed in the USA Dual-Rail Bass Pickups

    Technical Specifications: Neck: 3-pc Canadian Hard Maple
    Neck Profile: Elliptical, Slim-Taper
    Construction: Neck-Thru
    Body Wings: North American Alder
    Neck Pickup: Dual-Rail Bass Humbucker (N2S)
    Bridge Pickup: Dual-Rail Bass Humbucker (B2S)
    Controls: Neck Volume
    BridgeVolume
    MasterTone
    5-WayRotary
    From "FUNK" to "FAT"
    1 - Both pickups, single-coil mode
    2 - Bridge pickup in parallel and neck pickup single-coil mode
    3 - Bridge pickup in parallel and neck pickup in series mode
    4 - Bridge pickup in series and neck pickup parallel
    5 - Bridge pickup series and neck pickup series

    Bridge: Kramer 5750 Adjustable Bridge
    String Spacing: 3/4" (0.750") Center to Center
    Machine Heads: Gotoh GB7 Die-Cast (20:1 ratio)
    Nut: Brass
    Nut Width: 1.750"
    Frets: 24 Jumbo Nickel/Steel
    Headstock: 14 degree pitch
    Reverse, Pointy
    Fingerboard: 24 fret, Indian Rosewood
    F/B Radius: 16"
    Scale Length: 34"
    F/B Inlay: Pearl Dots
    Finishes: Black, Metallic Blue, Red, White, Metallic Purple, Cracked Green, Cracked Yellow



    $209.95 ???!!?!!
     
  6. Mara

    Mara

    Jan 11, 2001
    Finland
    Shredtastic!

    Where me Stryper spandex hiding?!
     
  7. I recently bought a Schecter Custom 5 - was pretty cheap and has a great look, feel and sound. Worth checking out.
     
  8. LOL :)
     
  9. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
  10. If you're going to buy stuff from Music Yo, why not look at the Tobias Toby Pro

    http://www.musicyo.com/product_specs.asp?pf_id=333

    Again, not a patch on the real thing, but at least you'll be able to use it in more than just a Faster Pussycat or Enuff Z'Nuff tribute band
     
  11. dougray

    dougray Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2002
    western maryland
    go with what "philbiker" is saying that dean is decent price and has 35" scale neck which makes the low B nice and tight... good-luck..
     
  12. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    That is the one problem I have with Dean 5 and 6 stringers. None of the ones that I have played have a tight B string. 35" scale, floppy B. No use in playing an extended scale bass if it doesn't clean up the B string.
     
  13. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I've read you post that before, and I'll say it again, there's nothing "floppy" at all about the "B" string on my Dean Edge 5. I don't remember how it was in the store with the stock strings but with Fender SuperBass nickels (130 "B") the "B" is highly usable.
     
  14. ldiezman

    ldiezman

    Jul 11, 2001
    Nashville
    you could find a used MTD kingston for about $350 if you look around.. great bass for that price..
     
  15. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Wow lots of great options! Personally I really like the looks of that Toby, as happy as I am with my Dean. :)
     
  16. icks

    icks

    Jul 12, 2001
    Charleroi, Belgium
    If you can affort a Ibanez BTB 405 don't hesitate..... great bass ...

    I 'm right now playing it ..... ;)
     
  17. you can't go wrong with yamaha
     
  18. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    DING! We have a winner!
     
  19. seamus

    seamus

    Feb 8, 2001
    Jersey
    Ditto on the Kingston 5. Nice tight B, 35" scale, lightweight...just a real pleasure to play.
     
  20. dirk

    dirk

    Apr 6, 2000
    Memphis, TN
    The used Kingston is actually my top choice right, despite having never played one, but I haven't played the others either. If and when I decide to jump on the five, my first plan is to look for a used Kingston 5 or Heir 5.

    Dirk