#1
I need some help, I'm planning on buying my first 5 string bass, I play Metal, mostly Thrash but also some new stuff like System of a Down and Mastodon. So could you guys please tell me which are the best 5 string basses out there for playing that kind of music? Also a list of good AND affordable 5 Strings (for this kind of music also) would be awesome...

Thanks in advance guys!
#4
Spector would be my first suggestion. What's your price range?
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#5
I never understood why people think there are certain types of bass for each genre...it makes no sense to me.

Any brand of bass is good for metal, blues, jazz, country, etc., it all depends on how you wield your new-found axe.
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I never understood why people think there are certain types of bass for each genre...it makes no sense to me.

Any brand of bass is good for metal, blues, jazz, country, etc., it all depends on how you wield your new-found axe.


That is true, but some basses are more suited towards certain genres than others.

I'm not sure what that would be in British money, but I think you'd be able to get a used Spector Legend for that sort of money.
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That is true, but some basses are more suited towards certain genres than others.

I'm not sure what that would be in British money, but I think you'd be able to get a used Spector Legend for that sort of money.


Yeah, but that has more to do with the woods, electronics, even strings. (Although I'm probably preaching to the choir, there)

Example: Troy Sanders (of Mastodon) uses Fender basses (and the occasional Godlyke) and his tone is beefy as hell.
#9
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Yeah, but that has more to do with the woods, electronics, even strings. (Although I'm probably preaching to the choir, there)

Example: Troy Sanders (of Mastodon) uses Fender basses (and the occasional Godlyke) and his tone is beefy as hell.


Yeah, I understand what you're saying, but you wouldn't exactly see a gospel bassist grooving on Rick every day would you?
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Yeah, I understand what you're saying, but you wouldn't exactly see a gospel bassist grooving on Rick every day would you?


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#11
Agreed. Would sound weird, but I think it would look pretty cool
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#13
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I never understood why people think there are certain types of bass for each genre...it makes no sense to me.


I was just coming in to say that exact thing. There are loose guidlines, but all of them are broken. Don't use fretless in metal, don't use a BC rich for lounge jazz etc etc.

Most of the time people are just after the right aesthetic, and we can't blame them for that.
#14
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I was just coming in to say that exact thing. There are loose guidlines, but all of them are broken. Don't use fretless in metal, don't use a BC rich for lounge jazz etc etc.

Most of the time people are just after the right aesthetic, and we can't blame them for that.

tell that to these guys:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep_9S9WH8TI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mesr2siegRg

fretless in metal sounds awesome
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#15
I would say an ESP, or Schecter. Maybe an Ibanez?

Any of those would suit you well.
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#16
Are you willing to buy used? If so, it might be a good idea to check out e-bay or craigslist and just see what's available to you. You could probably find something that would normally be $500 or more in your price range.

I'm not familiar with that particular model of Soundgear, but personally if I were buying a 5-string something I would be looking at is if it has active pick-ups or not, as I feel like passive low Bs sound a little dead.
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tell that to these guys:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep_9S9WH8TI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mesr2siegRg

fretless in metal sounds awesome


If you read it you'll see that I wasn't saying fretless isn't used. I was saying that it's a vague rule that people do break.
#19
I shall attempt to get this thread back on the rails since everyone else is talking about their own thing.

At that price range I would suggest the Ibanez SR305, I have one and it's a decent opening into the world of 5-stringers, definately try it out.
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#20
Mmmm instead of spector im gonna say schecter. Or a used ibanez SR505.
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#21
A used Ibanez SR series or a used Spector
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#22
If you're going Ibanez, make sure you try the BTB series as well as the SRs, 34" isn't for everyone when it comes to 5 strings.

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