#1
Since Guitar Center is 2 hours away, I don't have much of an opportunity to do hands on work with searching for a new bass. So I sort of have to leave it in the capable hands of the bass forum community to lead me in the right direction, and me follow through with a bit of faith.

The peramaters are....

-400-650$ range...

-5 Strings! Important. I have a solid 4 string, and want an equally solid 5 string. My 4 string is an upgraded MIM Fender Jazz, and on that note, I'm looking for something different so I can diversify the tones available to me. So I'm trying to stray from Fender brand.

-I want a semi-warm tone....picture the kind of tone you hear in songs like Pigs(Pink Floyd), Hollywood Hills (Bob Seger), and Interstate Love Song (Stone Temple Pilots). It's hard to describe really. It's a warm tone, but it's not a fully closed sort of pitch like youd get from a tone knob cranked all the way down. It has a murmuring sort of deep tone, but a bit of hair on it that makes it not so fully flat. This is probably the hardest thing about my peramaters, and I'm willing to go up to 750$ if it will get me what I'm looking for.

Any help is greatly appreciated!
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#2
First o all get on a train and go to your GC and try stuff out. The nearest, decent music shops are both two hours away, i just make a day trip out of it. Second save up a bit more and get a proper upgrade. 1000 would be a good number. It makes more sense than getting something on the same levels as your jazz.

If you save up a bit more so many other options come into play. You can gewt an instrument that will last you longer if not forever.

But if you take my advise, you could go with

Musicman stingray\bongo, second hand.

g&L bass's

Lakland 5502. This bass i recomend the most, im pretty sure you could get one if you saved up a bit more.

There are others, thats why you should go to your GC and see what you like.
Yamaha TRB1006
Fender MIA jazz bass
Hora Hybrid double bass
Hartke lh 500
Ev 606L
Epiphone les paul
#3
Quote by fatgoogle

If you save up a bit more so many other options come into play. You can gewt an instrument that will last you longer if not forever.

He's got a good point, fair doos, but it seems to me that you're overlooking eBay and other places on the net where you can get expensive high quality instruments for less... and, considering that no one's got any money this time of year, it's unlikely that anyone's gonna be putting out high bids against you. For instance, I bought all the guitar/bass gear for me and my bassist in January-February this year, and I got my New Warbeast guitar for £150, though it's £300 RRP and my bassist got her B.C. Rich Zombie 5-String for $315, though it's $800 in shops - and they weren't even second hand!

I hear a lot about guitar center, and I think it's the american equivalent of dawsons - I wouldn't buy from there, if you know exactly what you want to buy. Big chain stores like that are (for the most) robbing you blind, but if you've got you're heart set on guitar center then at least take a look at eBay.
Gear;
- B.C. Rich Warbeast Bloodbound
- B.C. Rich NT Zombie 5-String Bass
- BOSS GT-10 Multi Effects TANK!
...In other words, I'm taking a giant dump on fender owners who use pods.
#4
As much as I'd love to get a bass in the 1,000 range, I don't think I'd EVER hear the end of it from my girlfriend and/or my parents. I mean it's my money, but they wouldn't understand the reason behind it. They'd tell me to get a car instead or buy clothes. I'd love to find a good deal ona bass with the same value though.
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#5
Keep going over craiglist, talkbass, ebay. Im sure youll find a higher end. In the mean time go and try evreything out. It makes more sense to get a better inmstrument.
Yamaha TRB1006
Fender MIA jazz bass
Hora Hybrid double bass
Hartke lh 500
Ev 606L
Epiphone les paul
#6
What amp do you have?

You want something with plenty of low-mid grunt to it. A P-bass would work well, but since you're going away from Fender and want a fiver, it's not exactly the #1 choice here. If I were you, I'd a SansAmp Bass Driver at some point. It, like an SVT, can get that sort of tone out of just about any bass.


Schecter basses can do a decent job of that tone. Your price range is their sweet spot, so there's plenty to choose from. I'd go for the C-5, which is on clearance right now. This is an awesome deal.
http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Schecter-C5-5String-Bass?sku=513121

The Peavey Cirrus has a nice growl to it that I think you'd like.
http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Peavey-Cirrus-PBX-5-String-Bass-Guitar-Regular-Quilt-Top-Tiger-Eye?sku=512189]

The Traben Chaos Core 5 has awesome specs, and going by the reviews it has a great tone for you.
http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Traben-Chaos-Core-5?sku=515971

There's one Spector in your price range, the Legend Classic. It might work for you, but I think the tone may be too upper-mid focused for your liking. Can anyone confirm?
http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Spector-Legend-Classic-5String-Bass?sku=517436

The Ibanez SR and Ergodyne basses might work for you. The ATK 305 would be perfect for you, but it's Fender-like...
http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-ATK305-5String-Bass-Guitar?sku=517441

The SR series has a nice warm tone to it, but I wouldn't call it growly...it's like a Hartke amp, in bass form. Right now, the best ones you can afford are the SR 535 and the new SR 605

The Ergodyne is going away, apparently...the EDB555 is on clearance. It'd be a nice match for you, methinks. There's also a scratch-n-dent model, if you want to look it up.
http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-EDB555-5String-Electric-Bass-?sku=511828


Here's a few more that look good, but I don't know a lot about them...someone else care to chime in?

Godin Freeway (It's a P/J, so it should sound right)
http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Godin-Freeway-5-5String-Bass?sku=511924

LTD B-5E (apparently has a nice low-end growl to it)
http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-B5E-5String-Bass-Guitar?sku=516174

Hamer Velocity (apparently has split-coils under the covers?)
http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Hamer-Velocity-2-Ash-5-String-Bass?sku=515179
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Last edited by Mutant Corn at Feb 20, 2009,
#7
Thanks for all the suggestions Mutant Corn. This really gives me alot to consider and compare, and they're all in my immediate price range. Did you have any hands on or personal experience with these basses to say they fit my description tone wise?
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#8
Spectors sound very fat, smooth and delicious.

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