#1
I'm looking to get a 5 string bass. I play in my school band so i play stuff like tuba parts there. I'm also in my own band and we play everything from 60's psychedelic to Iron Maiden. I need a bass that can do a nice variety. I really want a 5 string and I'm thinking either the Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-V 5 string or the Squier Deluxe Active 5 string jazz bass. What do you guys think of them?

Gear:
Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass
Peavey TKO 115
#3
Thunderbirds are notorious for being muddy & unclear, and having serious weight balance issues. I can't see adding another string making things any better.

As with everything, personal taste, but you'll likely be much better off with the Squier.

Oh, and also, have you looked at Ibanez or Schecter basses? They make some fantastic basses within that price range, for the money. They make a lot of 5 strings too.

http://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-and-Bass/Ibanez-GSR205-Soundgear-5-String-Black/667

http://www.projectmusic.net/schecter-omen-extreme-5-black-cherry-free-gig-bag-5876-p.asp
Last edited by Ziphoblat at Jun 11, 2010,
#4
Quote by Ziphoblat
Thunderbirds are notorious for being muddy & unclear, and having serious weight balance issues. I can't see adding another string making things any better.

As with everything, personal taste, but you'll likely be much better off with the Squier.

Oh, and also, have you looked at Ibanez or Schecter basses? They make some fantastic basses within that price range, for the money. They make a lot of 5 strings too.

http://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-and-Bass/Ibanez-GSR205-Soundgear-5-String-Black/667

http://www.projectmusic.net/schecter-omen-extreme-5-black-cherry-free-gig-bag-5876-p.asp


the thunderbird pro is active, so you can scoop out some, if not all, the mud. ive played the 4 string version, and i could get some awesome, clear tones
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#5
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the thunderbird pro is active, so you can scoop out some, if not all, the mud. ive played the 4 string version, and i could get some awesome, clear tones


I'm still not convinced. That's hardly very different from just EQing it out on your amp. Besides, having to radically EQ a bass just results in a thin sound most of the time. You should be able to get a good tone without playing with it too much.

As with anything though, it's subjective, and if the TS has played a Thunderbird then it's completely their choice. However, I think a Thunderbird is one of the last basses I'd recommend anyone bought having not played one.
#6
Yeah T-birds area very love hate sorta thing. Epiphone basses in general should be avoided. I say look at peavey, schecter, and ibanez.
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#7
What's your budget TS? Because if you can afford a T bird pro V, you can do better then an Epi or a Squier
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#8
Ibanez makes 5ers at a affordable prices.

I recommend something in the SR or SRX Series.
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#9
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What's your budget TS? Because if you can afford a T bird pro V, you can do better then an Epi or a Squier

My thoughts, for that kind of money why not get a Fender MIM or even MIA J/P 5?

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#11
Im propobly the biggest Tbird fan on here but head this. DO NOT GET THE PRO 5!!!!!!
the pickups will not pickup the B string very well at all, its a terrible waste of money. Pro 4 amazing, pro 5 is fire wood.