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Which high end 5 string bass to purchase?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dumpster Funk, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. phillybass101


    Jan 12, 2011
    Artist, Trickfish Amplification Bartolini Emerging Artist, MTD Kingston Emerging Artist. Artist, Tsunami Cables
    Fodera just announced two new models don't know if they're making them in 5 string versions though.
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  2. Pumpkin


    May 19, 2016
    Washington, DC
    I don't know if it fits what you're looking for, but if I had your beduget and goals I would check out the Yamaha Nathan East signature base (BBNE2) in the course of my travels. It's definitely not in the same price range as a Fodera, but if we're kickin tires, why not kick 'em all?
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  3. Basehead

    Basehead Now with even more synthy goodness... Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    New York NY
  4. TMARK


    Jan 10, 2012
    Richmond VA
    Spector makes a mean 5.
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  5. Rapisme

    Rapisme Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2007
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  6. campbems

    campbems Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2013
    There are so many great basses in the $3500-5000 price range.
  7. Not yet

    Not yet

    Mar 26, 2012
    Was just about to also suggest Alleva (also have an LG5 that is stellar) but if OP going HiFi really can't beat the Fodera
  8. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Where do you live? When you are dropping that kind of cash, I would make a trip to New York to check out the Foderas. I love them, but they aren't for everyone. Tell the wife you're taking her to New York to see a show for being such a great wife, and while you're there ....
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  9. Ballin'bass


    Jun 16, 2014
    Madison, WI
    The Fodera will likely be the best build of those options, however, the sound and build quality of an MTD 535 is hard to beat by even Fodera. It's all about what kind of feel and sound you like. MTDs tend to be very tough sounding. Aggressive and/or smooth capabilities. I have never found a Fodera that can equal the snarl of a genuine MTD.
  10. audreycashin

    audreycashin Supporting Member

    Mar 14, 2010
    long island, ny
    I second that emotion, G&L and take a nice vacation with your wife!
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  11. audreycashin

    audreycashin Supporting Member

    Mar 14, 2010
    long island, ny
    Yes Greg is the BEST!
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  12. mp40smg


    Aug 11, 2010
    Worcester, Ma.
    At the level that you are looking at there is no wrong answer. It is really up to your view of the aesthetics and what hue and how wiggly the wood should be.

    The obvious consideration (for me) would be if I sell the Fodera, could I get a used Tobias and a used Benevente..
  13. mp40smg


    Aug 11, 2010
    Worcester, Ma.

    Maybe I am way off.But I would not put a G&L in the same league as Fodera, Smith, Tobias..
  14. DaveAceofBass

    DaveAceofBass Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
    I believe its USD. Basic models probably run around $2750, and the more customized basses can be closer to $3500 on the very high end. I should know, I've ordered three customs from him...and even with a repeat buyer discount they were over $3K. It was well worth it, and a customized NYC Sadowsky (my other favorite) would've cost me well over $5K. Kinal basses are great instruments, some of my favorites!!!
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  15. Twocan

    Twocan Living the Dream

    Oct 5, 2009
    Medway, MA
    With the budget you're mentioning, you could afford an Alembic Series bass used off Reverb or EBay right now. It would fit the bill that you're describing perfectly.
  16. I'd say Sadowsky, but from what's on the list: Fodera.
  17. DiMarco


    Feb 4, 2010
    the Netherlands
    Hard question to answer.

    Ask yourself what are the two most important factors for you.
    Just tone? Aesthetics? Scale? Pickup configuration? Weight?

    Try to narrow down the options, that will make it easier to decide.
  18. HubbardsFate


    Oct 18, 2006
    Is that a Kinal in your avatar? :smug: (or are you just happy to see me?) :roflmao::bassist:
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  19. morrisonhendrix

    morrisonhendrix When the music's over, turn out the lights... Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2009
    near Dallas, Texas
    Ditto on the Warrior. I'll never part with mine. The look, feel and tone, exquisite.
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  20. campbems

    campbems Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2013
    These are the best basses Ive owned and it fits in your price range. JD makes some amazing looking and some of best sounding I've ever had.

    Warrior1. IMG_0213.JPG IMG_0208.JPG IMG_0212.JPG Warrior5.
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2017
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