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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CaptainWally, Dec 11, 2001.
Moon, ESP, Celinder, Atelier, to name a few.
Here's a Celinder 5.
Modulus makes the Flea J 5.
the fender jazz V has a pretty thick neck.
not very J like in feel, but i thought the
tone was good. are there other fender
5's i should consider besides just the usa
jazz V? e.g. does roscoe have a thinner
i tried a bass called "hotwire"
which was pretty cool.
i know/like the modulus flea, but like it for
another reason. i'm kinda looking to add
a 5 string vintage J (34") to my arsenal.
Oh Lord that's a beauty!!!
The Roscoe Beck neck is thin, but wide.
I was going to mention Sadowsky, but I didn't know if they were 34" or 35".
Yep, Yvon is correct. The Sadowsky 5 is a 34" scale which seems to make it easier for me to play things on it easier than on my Lakland.
The MM Stingray5 is probably the best 34" 5 string bass out there. It feels and sounds awesome and the construction is top notch. Bassplayer Mag gave it the highest rating in the 5 string shootout, even though it was up against some basses that cost $5000 or more. And its 34".
Everybody has their opinions, and so do I. The Fender Roscoe Beck RB-5 is probably one of the best passive 5-string basses on the market. It's definitely Fender's best 5-string. Do a little research on the RB-5 and you'll find many, many satisfied players. And, not very many dissatisfied.
It may not be for you. It has a fairly wide, but thin neck. It's string spacing at the bridge is .75", just like most 4-string basses. I find that a plus as switching back and forth is much easier. Also, with the various switching available for the pickups, you've got over 20 different tone settings and you still have the tone control to play with with all of them.
My vote is for the RB-5. An excellant 5-string for a reasonable cost. Oh, and just to sweeten things up, there will be a new RB-5 version-2 coming out at the Winter 2002 NAMM. No details have been revealed on it yet, but Roscoe Beck said it would out, as well as the long awaited RB-4.
Well, technically, only Fender, of course.
But if you're OK with Jazz-like models:
Carvin B5 (their bolt-on model).
Used Hamer USA Cruise 5 (no longer made, check eBay).
Used Guild USA Pilot 5 (no longer made; not the subsequent imports)
Mike Lull (as I recall).
Elrick (New Jazz Standard).
Maybe Matt Pulcinella (stretching it a bit)
And if you feel adventurous, you could assemble one yourself from Warmoth parts. Or buy a Carvin EZ-Assembly kit for $450.
I have a passive Fender Jazz Bass V made in 1997. I really like it. The neck is a bit chunky but easy to get used to. The "B" is not bad at all, at least with a 130 from the "Fender Super Bass" 45-130 set. Plugged directly into a board for recording NOTHING SOUNDS BETTER.