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Old 07-21-2013, 02:24 AM   #1
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Recommend me a good 5 string for less than $450

I'm looking to get a half-decent bass for recording purposes. Basically I'm looking for a bass with:

-A reasonable amount of brightness/growl/clank
-Solid low end
-Easy for a guitarist to play.

Right now I've got a B Stock LTD B-5E for $400 and an LTD D5 on my list. Also on my list is the 5 string Squier VM 70s Jazz bass.

What else is good in this range? Ibanez I'm a little leery of due to their use of Agathis (aka crapwood ), but if there's one in my range that would work, that's good.
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:53 AM   #2
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I'll put up the Yamaha RBX375. It's a great bass for the price, one of the best purchases I've made. I learned a while ago not to give a crap about the wood things were made out of, and judge it by the tone.
Most basses should be more or less the same difficulty to play for a guitarist, just make sure it feels right and you'll be fine. One thing to make sure of though (as my guitarist friend is finding now) whatever you do don't approach bass like you would guitar, or it will likely end up quite sloppy. Bass is all about precision and consistency (especially when recording), you need to hit the right strings with the right amount of force at the right time and do it every time.
It's not like guitar where if you nick an extra string but your finger mutes it then it's fine (mostly), people will notice you do that on bass and it will sound sloppy.
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:11 AM   #3
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Squier Deluxe Active Jazz V. They're a little bit hissy but they sound and play really nice.

Don't be afraid of agathis, basswood, etc; in your pricerange, alder isn't going to sound any different.
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:28 AM   #4
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i'll add a vote for the RBX375. excellent bass, even more so for the 260 i payed for it.
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:57 AM   #5
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I would recommend ESP/LTD B-55. I have it myself and it's badass!
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:35 AM   #6
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Also check out Brice's offerings. Their QA has come up considerably. I have one of their 6 strings and I'm pleased with it
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Old 07-21-2013, 12:00 PM   #7
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Also check out Brice's offerings. Their QA has come up considerably. I have one of their 6 strings and I'm pleased with it

You know, I was thinking about getting one of those. If it's good I'll definitely consider it.

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Squier Deluxe Active Jazz V. They're a little bit hissy but they sound and play really nice.

Don't be afraid of agathis, basswood, etc; in your pricerange, alder isn't going to sound any different.

I beg to differ; every Agathis guitar I've played has sounded like complete ass.
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Old 07-21-2013, 12:23 PM   #8
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Nowt wrong with agathis at the price point. Only reason it's on cheap instruments is because it's so abundant and easy to grow. Any agathis bodied guitars you've played probably sound bad because they were poorly made instruments on the whole. I had an agathis bodied Peavey Millennium AC BXP 5 string, and that was still getting mileage when I got my CS Warwick Corvette, which cost more than ten times what I paid for the Peavey. It was lightweight, but solid, and had a nice, transparent tone.
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:33 PM   #9
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Either way - I think I found my bass. LTD Surveyor 415 brand new for $343. MF is doing a MEGA price drop on these.
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:41 PM   #10
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I beg to differ; every Agathis guitar I've played has sounded like complete ass.

I can guarantee that it had nothing to do with the agathis; crap guitars will be crap.
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:04 PM   #11
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:26 PM   #12
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Pretty damn good basses those. I'd whack some EMGs in that (P and MM).
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:25 PM   #13
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Pretty damn good basses those. I'd whack some EMGs in that (P and MM).

Has EMGs in it already!
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:56 PM   #14
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I have a Brice 5 string. I had never heard of them. I answered an ad simply because at the time I was looking for ANYTHING that I could afford. I got online, learned a bit about Brice and then went to see it. I was impressed with how much bass I got for the money. I still have the thing! The only thing I've done to it is change the strings frequently (I'm one of those guys). I think you could get this model (I don't know what it is except a passive 5 string) for the amount you mentioned brand new. I believe I paid 200 for this used. I am happy with it. I would say it's a very good, intermediate bass.
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:17 AM   #15
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I'm in England and own an ibanez SR305 and it cost me about 260 I'm not sure what that is in $ but I'd recommend this bass simply for how fast and fun the thing is
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:18 AM   #16
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Ah... It's about $400
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