wich 5 string would you suggest

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by harley_ou812, Jan 30, 2002.

  1. I Have been looking at some 5 strings to become my main bas so my current 5 string cort can move to back up. I was seriously thinking about getting the roscoe beckV but i cant find one to try out and I would have to pay for half of it in advance to get it in. So I have been looking more and found an ESP LTD C-305 for $669 that I really Liked. A Fender MIA deluxe 5 for $799 used. I am pretty sure I want one of these but I am not sure wich one. I cannot A/B them and i cannot remeber what I heard from the time it takes to get from one to the other since it is a 1and a half hour drive with traffic... Justy wondering your opinions thanks.
  2. i just got me a new cort artisan 5 (active + barts) :D ... but youre wanting to shelf your action bass .... hmmm .... is the fender a P or J ?
  3. How about a Yammaha 5, any of them BB, TRB, RBX, all brilliant basses!
    The Higher end Bass Collection stuff!

    of for $799 or round abouts, get your dream bass made by DP! :)

    good luck

  4. Stick with your current bass for a little longer... save just a little more $$$$ (about $100 - $200) and buy a Carvin LB75.

    1. You'll get it just like you want it... they're almost a real custom built.
    2. It sounds great.
    3. It plays great.
    4. Neck-thru construction.
    5. Thru-body bridge stringing.
    6. 5 piece laminate and carbon reinforced neck.
    7. Meticulous attention to detail and build quality.
    8. Oh yeah... did I mention they sound and play great!!!

    Good luck with whatever you purchace.
  5. HOw about a used Czech Spector - might be a little more than you mentioned, or a brand spanky new Korean Spector (the NS2000/5)!!!
  6. I agree. The yamahas are great! The RBX 765A and the TRBs. Out of the ones you listed Id get the MIA Deluxe Jazz. I am not a huge fan of ESP...
  7. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I vote for the Lakland Skylines. Either model, 55-01 or 55-02, you can't go wrong.
  8. Bassdadto2


    Dec 3, 2001
    I agree here. They also have a new Czech Spector called the ReBop. It is modeled after the USA Bolt ons, but it is MUCH cheaper. About a grand.
  9. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Bassdadto2: Your sig is my favorite line from that movie.
  10. I really want to avoid carvin and DP custom because I want to be able to play it before i buy it. I know that if I dont care for it I can send it back but I am a little wary. I also have heard alot of bad things about their pickups ( carvins that is) Rigfht now I am leaning towards the fender MIA deluxe Jazz. I believe it has the "noiseless" pickups in it. How would this be for recording? I dont know how active pickup wil act in that situation.
  11. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    One bass. And one bass only.

    MTD Kingston five. Do a search. Only positive stuff.

    'Course, I might be a wee biased. But they are good basses. Ask Gard, who works at Bass Porn...er...Bass Central, and he'll tell you pretty much that yes, these are really cool basses for the money. Coming from a guy who gets to hang out with Zons. I take that as a good recomendation.

    Personally, I agree w/ Embellisher: Best bass under $1000 new, and better than a few of the OVER 1000 mark. Better B than some over the 2k mark, for that matter. Price? Less that $500.
  12. I have heard nothing but good thins about the MTD Kingston. But i havent been able to fond one anywhere to try it out. Do you feel this compares to a MIA deluxe jazz? I am a little wary about this... I played an ernieball 5 and i had some mixed feelings about it. How are the kingstons for recording. how versatile are they.. I play anything from country to classic rock to metal and everything inbetween... is this bass suitable for this varying in styles? or is a Jazz the way to go for versatility?
  13. FalsehoodBass


    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    I've seen this written a couple of times but never seen an example. What bass that costs 2K, or even 1K has a WORSE B string than a kingston? Not saying that the kinston is bad by any means, I just wish I knew which substandard, yet overprices basses everyone is referring to.
  14. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I do not consider my Pedulla Rapture J2 to be substandard. But the MTD Kingston has a better B string than it does. And the Pedulla lists for about $2500. Now the Pedulla's B does get the Jazz growl, which is hard to do on a B string, but the Kingston's B speaks with more authority and is tighter.


    Stingray 5.
    Warwick Thumb neck through and bolt on. Pretty much any Warwick I have ever played.
    The 34" scale Zon's. Which have great B's, but not quite as good as the Kingston.
    Fender American Deluxe Precision, Jazz, and the Roscoe Beck.

    How's that for a start? I can come up with more if I think for a while. Those took less than 60 seconds.

    None of the basses that I have mentioned are substandard. Some of them are world class. But the Kingston has a better B than all of them.
  15. I have seen Kingstons name thrown around alot through m searches. I am really interested in them but cannot find any to try. Anyone know where i can find one near central pa... basically i am looking for within 3 hours of harrisburg. I am a little concerned about having the one bridge pickup. How versatile is this bass? How is its recording tone? How would you compare this to a fender MIA deluxe jazz? The active electronis arent really important to me. Besides i am hearing that passive are better for recording. But the fender is the nicest 5 that I have gotten to play and I am curious as to how it stacks up. and remeber I would also have an additional $300 or so to sink into the Kingston if i got that instead of the Fender.
  16. phogchris

    phogchris www.scarsoflife.com

    May 27, 2000
    Boca Raton, FL
    I owned a K5 and I liked it alot, but I think that the Skylines are a better deal near that price point. Better preamp(the Skline actually has one!) and better pickups. The necks are similiar in feel, but my K5 had a huge dead spot whereas the Skyline doesn't....