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ok so i am looking for a five sting bass to add to my arsenal (the d-dropper on my p-bass is no longer cutting it i need that low b) i like a lot of the older warwicks that i have played, and i also think that the roscoe beck V kicks ass. any suggestions? your input is appreciated.
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I have an older Warwick Thumb 5 and love it. I had a great '92 stingray5 as well. Alhtough, if you are looking to spend more there could be something else you might like more. Those 2 were and are very good to me.

 

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You might also look here : click on "Gear," then scroll down to "5-string shootout." It's a few years old, but should still be relevant.

 

I just bought my first 5, a Yamaha BB605, a very nice active 5-string for a very low price. Although I've no experience with them, I doubt very much you could go wrong with an older Warwick (davebrownbass, e.g., simply swears by them) or a Beck V (wow, that sound sample on the Fender site is dishy!!). Myself, the fivers in that sort of price range that intrigue me most at present are the Carvin LB75 or BB75 , the Musicman Stingray 5 , and the Yamaha BB2005 .

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ive heard that ibanez srx necks are pretty fast, but i dont know first hand

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I bought a Peavy Cirrus 5-string and I couldn't be happier. I didn't, however, leave the low B on there. I instead put a high C on making it a tenor five string. But as a bass, I am very happy with mine.

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Originally posted by BigKahuna855:

ive heard that ibanez srx necks are pretty fast, but i dont know first hand

I have one. My favorite 5 string neck I've tried fairly thin front to back, The Pups sound good, the electronics are too sensitive (too much boost/cut with slight knob adjustments) good hardware (bridge, tuners, etc)Overall the bass is too light for my tastes (flamed maple veneer over basswood) Here's a pic

 

http://users3.ev1.net/~woodd/srx505.jpg

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Are we talking about a 5 to be a stay-at-home bass (never leaves the house, its so nice), working bass (smoky, sweaty, grimy clubs most of the time), something nice but not an obvious custom (maybe vintage-y), or something cheap but usable?
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If I could afford any of those boutique basses out there, I would have it transported via armored carrier in double stacked flight cases. Visually, many of the boutiques are simply works of art (and yes they play and sound exquisite also). I understand the music must get out, but do you really want to drag that $7K Fodera (or Smith, or Lawrence, etc) to a sleazy rock dive? Its really a question of how (and where) will the 5 string be used mostly?
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If I could afford any of those boutique basses out there, I would have it transported via armored carrier in double stacked flight cases.
Dude, lighten up. You're going from your house to the gig, not to Argentina.

 

I carry my $3000 Zon in a gig bag. It's never had so much as a ding.

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Three models to look at covering all price ranges

 

1.Spector Q5 professional series- £500 no idea what that is in dollars, fantastic tone,neck for the price

 

2.Spector ReBop 5DLX

 

3.Spector USA neck through- Best..bass..ever

 

You would never guess i'm a Spector fan but anyone of these should serve u fine :thu:

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Yeah, look at Victor Wooten's Fodera, with that big spot in the middle where the finish is worn off. Too bad it's not worth $7000 anymore.

 

Never would have gotten like that if he left it at home.

 

And speaking of taking instruments out of the country, check out the story about this guy's $100,000 fiddle .

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Noah Garden said he and other patrons stood atop the bar and tried to play the ($100,000) violin.
Ahhh, *cringe* noooooo, oh my...aaaaaah...

 

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I just checked out a Washburn Force 5. Neck through,Bubinga,super stiff Multi-lam neck,good fretwork,great hardware,more bass and treble with the preamp than anyone would need,$539!!

 

If you can spend $1600 or so,Mike Lull M5Vs are popping up used here and there. I own two of his 5 strings and just ordered my first new one (PJ5). These are the best basses I've ever played but I'm more of a classic type guy. Lakland Makes both import and US models that are fantastic as well.

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Sorry for the apparent harshness, I didn't want to give some assinine recommendation based upon how I treat instruments and what I like; I was trying to find out more about his style and preference so I could make a more informative and meaningful recommendation.

 

That aside, I apologize that my budget and circumstances do not allow me the good fortune of finer instruments. But such is life...

 

My recommendation: get the bass that immediately makes you feel like you've found your soul mate. That's the bass you should really be playing.

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Originally posted by DONUT:

I just checked out a Washburn Force 5. Neck through,Bubinga,super stiff Multi-lam neck,good fretwork,great hardware,more bass and treble with the preamp than anyone would need,$539!!

OK, I'll quit slinging stuff and play nice. ;)

 

I just played the Force 4 last week and was blown away by the sweet low action, overall fit & finish and feel of this axe. It was a bit heavy, but nothing a good strap wouldn't help with. The Force 5 would be a contender if I was looking.

 

Another one that caught my eye was a new Yamaha RBX375 in black. It looks sharp, and the neck didn't put me off... Yamaha necks have always felt a bit thick, but this one was fine.

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ok well all of my basses are workhorses, i currently have a 75 jazz and a 78 precison, as well as a taylor acoustic bass, all of them have seen plenty of road, club and studio time, (I used to have a newer stingray but alas the landlord cometh and the rent must be paid) i belive that the bass won't be as played as my jazz which is my main, but it will definatly a players piece.
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Originally posted by jluckie3:

ok well all of my basses are workhorses, i currently have a 75 jazz and a 78 precison, as well as a taylor acoustic bass, all of them have seen plenty of road, club and studio time, (I used to have a newer stingray but alas the landlord cometh and the rent must be paid) i belive that the bass won't be as played as my jazz which is my main, but it will definatly a players piece.

OK. I'm not trying to say "you gota get this or that". I started on and played a '73 P bass for years before deciding to play 5 string. After trying Fernandes,Warwick,Ibanez,Tune,Musicman,and Warmoth I decided that I needed a Fender style bass. When I tried out my first Lull it felt like home. It is also my main bass. I don't play my 4's much anymore. If 15 or 1600 used is too much for a bas that isn't going to be your main axe ,then I would look at a Lakland skyline,Musicman SUB,or Smith Designs proto for a 5 that retains that sort of Fendery feel. These are some of the best that I've played that don't cost an arm and a leg.Worth a try. Ed Roman (yeah,I know) has a new Fenderish bass out now that I think is around $800 or so for a short time so that might be something to jump on. I think the prices are going to be raised soon.
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Originally posted by jluckie3:

i think that the most important thing that i'm looking for is a super tight low b string.

I think the StingRay5 B-string is nice and tight -- it is on mine.

 

You may also want to consider some 35" scale basses -- for example, a Lakland Skyline 5-string.

 

Happy hunting!

 

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posted 04-15-2004 11:09 AM

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If I could afford any of those boutique basses out there, I would have it transported via armored carrier in double stacked flight cases. Visually, many of the boutiques are simply works of art (and yes they play and sound exquisite also). I understand the music must get out, but do you really want to drag that $7K Fodera (or Smith, or Lawrence, etc) to a sleazy rock dive? Its really a question of how (and where) will the 5 string be used mostly?

Man i,ve had 8 grand worth of synths in sleazy rock clubs that leaked water when it rained ,plus a 20 grand pa.there made to be played.Kinda reminds me of children the first one you are all nervous of everything there doing the second one ya let run wild.
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I like my Schecter Diamond Elite 5. The string spacing is a bit narrow but it sounds and plays beautifully. It was about $600.

 

Try it you may like it! :thu:

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I'll side with basshappi on this selection. I bought it as a mid priced introduction to the 5'ers. The Diamond Elite 5 has served me well, and I've no regrets.

 

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Not to say that there have been no problems - (moderator) DBB was not impressed with his - so maybe it's a case of finding a good one?

 

Either way - playing a potential 5 string is the best way to find out what works for you. We have soooo many options available - all we (Lowdowners) can offer is what has worked for us, individually.

 

YMMV

 

Good hunting

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