Which one of these 5s "takes the cake?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sethlow3, Jan 14, 2004.

Which one for versitlity AND durability?

Poll closed Jan 29, 2004.
  1. Lakland USA 5

    23 vote(s)
  2. Modulus Quantum 5

    24 vote(s)
  3. Roscoe LG3005

    22 vote(s)
  4. Zon Sonus 5

    19 vote(s)
  1. sethlow3

    sethlow3 Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Nashville, Tennessee
    My friend and I are in the market for a new bass particularly a good 5 for metal crunh, R&B smootheness/punch, and classical music with clear not sizzly highs. We have narrowed it down to 4 particular basses: The Modulus Quantum 5, Roscoe LG3005, Zon Sonus 5, and Lakland USA 5.

    Given those types of tonal needs, what bass in your opinion would take the cake in versitility in sound AND durability for gigs?

    Please give good and bad experiences with as many of these as possible.
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Sadowsky Tokyo RB5
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=1157811">

    "...a good 5 for metal crunh, R&B smootheness/punch, and classical music with clear not sizzly highs....." ...says it all.

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    Tough choices. They are all fabulous basses. What about Benavente? I think you will find Bennies to be exactly what you are looking for.
  4. The Roscoe will sound very much like a beefed up P-bass. That would be my suggestion.

    Also, the Zon Sonus 519 is an excellent bass, fits the needs you listed off before.

    My Modulus Quantum 6 with Bart QuadCoils/Bart NTMB pre/Kahler bridge rules! And its up for sale too! ;) ;)

    Laklands I cannot really attest for, as I haven't gotten to play one all that much.
  5. hands5


    Jan 15, 2003
    good 'ol USA/Tampa fla.
    BINGO ! ;)
  6. sethlow3

    sethlow3 Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Nashville, Tennessee
    I've tried some Beneventes and felt I could get more bang for the buck, and I also felt they sounded too hi fi for my taste. They seem to be more of a slap/tap fancy bass. They are cool, just not my bag.

    Sadowsky, again not enough bang for buck IMO. They sound great recorded and have a cool vintage warmth but feel a bit funny to me. The four I listed have been the closest in sound and feel to what I want. It's just hard to choose one!

    As far as models for the Zon, just the standard sonus with 2 single coils is all I mean. For lakland, the USA 5 normal bass I guess 55-94 or what ever its called.

    Still been leaning a little more on the Roscoe LG and Quantums, but like I said, give me any insight good or bad with these particular models..
    I'm all ears for anything....
  7. sethlow3

    sethlow3 Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Nashville, Tennessee
    BTW ash body, and barts for sure.
  8. My LG3005's give me all the Metal crunch I've ever needed in my metal band. Then just a quick turn on the knobs, and you've got clear (not tingy, and over done) highs, and it's certainly got the R&B smoothness.

    Yep, I love both mine. I'd only trade them for another Roscoe!!!
  9. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    I just soiled myself...:eek:
  10. Why, yes, I concur! Please somebody buy this bass! Put it in a good home where she'll be played...well...my home is a good home, but she's not getting played!
  11. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    any Benavente will do... but my preferences calls the 'Bolt Necked' versions the best bang for the buck!

    Ash body, maple necked...

    Vortex, Vintage Vortex or my Favorite... the 22 fret 34" scaled 51 series.




    if I wasn't completely sold on my Benavente... I'd be looking at F bass or Sadowsky
  12. si_mon13


    Sep 1, 2003
    they're all great but, i would go for the zon, almost without any doubt. i have no real reason though.
  13. sethlow3

    sethlow3 Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Nashville, Tennessee
    Yeah my student, is interested in a sonus standard witha diferent top, but he and I are also interested in the other 3 basses I am asking about. Basically I am doing the poll for the both of us since he doesn't talkbass. So far it looks like Roscoe and Zon are in the lead.

    As for me I would like to sell it for one of the others mentioned above. So far Roscoe is what
    I am thinkin but something about the Quantum is like a zon meets the Roscoe's 35' scale.

    Let me know if you are interested in the Zon....
  14. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    I've had a Lakland and I've tried a Modulus and a Roscoe, but I play a Zon, and no matter which stores I go to and what basses I try, every time I pick up the Zon, the GAS for other gear is usally gone.
  15. JWBass


    Jul 20, 2001
    Levittown, PA
    Moulus Quantum 5 would get my vote, if I could vote...(?) Anyway, great sound, always stays in tune, quality axe. I have the predecessor to the Q 5 Sweetspot, the M-92. Been playing it for 10 years now and stills sounds brand new.
  16. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    There is not a bass listed in that poll for which I would trade my Q5.
  17. Deep


    May 8, 2002
    Sethlow3....Don't forget, the Zon can be had in a 35" scale also. The 5/1, 5/2, 519 (19mm spacing) and the Studio (19mm spacing).
  18. sethlow3

    sethlow3 Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Nashville, Tennessee
    yes I considered that also. I am looking into those as well. More opinions please!
  19. I am not a big fan of graphite necks so I would go with the lakland or roscoe.

    the roscoe is kinda like a super P bass, it has one of the best sounding a playing B strings out there. I also like the roscoe because it has killer tone when playing with your fingers, really brings out all the nuances and power of your playing.

    the lakland 55-95 is the lakland 5 I am assuming you are talking about, has some more classic ranges of tones, and is also a excellent made and sounding bass.

    I don't think you could go wrong with any of them, I think if you can get out and really spend some time with them you should be able to narrow it down to the modulus or zon vs. the lakland or roscoe. they are kinda different schools of basses.
  20. Deep


    May 8, 2002
    You can't go wrong with either of these basses. It's like. Do I want to get a Mercedes, BMW, or Jag. They're all great.