#1
K, I'm getting a 5 string bass soon, I just can't decide which to get. My only requirements are that they have at least 22 frets, and it should be less than $450 preferably, and look good. I play dream theater, symphony x, Metallica, Megadeth, etc. Any help would be appreciated!
#2
I'm in the same situation, I'm considering getting the Ibanez SR305. I've played alot of Ibanez basses before, and they've never let me down before, and they're only around 350$.
http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-SR305-5String-Bass-Guitar?sku=517408

You could take a look at the ESP LTD B-155 DX - http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-B155DX-5String-Bass-Guitar?sku=516172
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Last edited by CommaBass at Jun 14, 2010,
#3
Quote by CommaBass
I'm in the same situation, I'm considering getting the Ibanez SR305. I've played alot of Ibanez basses before, and they've never let me down before, and they're only around 350$.
http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-SR305-5String-Bass-Guitar?sku=517408

You could take a look at the ESP LTD B-155 DX - http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-B155DX-5String-Bass-Guitar?sku=516172

Those could work, thanx . I might get the first one, but I'll see what everyone else says
#4
I have an Esp Ltd F-155DX
I don't know anyone personally that has one but to me, it plays like a dream.
I think the price on it was $375.
Totaly price definately wasn't over $450.
#5
Try the Yamaha RBX375. I picked one up years ago used for $200.00 and it is surprisingly good. John Myung's signature Yamaha was a modified RBX bass, so it should serve your Dream Theater songs very well. It sells new for US$370.00:

http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-RBX375-5String-Bass-Guitar?sku=519039
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#6
The Ibanez SRX355 is a great bass for the your $450 budget.

It's similar to the venerable SR series bass but with more low end.
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#8
I encourage you to try the Schecter Stiletto Elite-5. I play a lot of the same type of music you do and I find the tonal range is incredible.
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#10
Cort Curbow, not bad. It's got the luthite body and an ebanol neck, so it sounds a little different.

EDIT: If you can get it used, your wallet will be pretty happy. I got mine for 200USD, used. GC online quote for 422.50USD, new.
Last edited by Halakar at Jun 17, 2010,
#12
+1 Ibanez SR/SRX lines....the SR305 $349 or SR405QM $499 is VERY NICE for the $$$
+1 Cort Curbow good deal there
YAMAHAs are pretty freakin heavy IMO & thick necks + theyre high school jazz band basses-meh
Ibanez BTBs have EXTRA WIDE string spacing so works out nice on 5s
ESPs make good "looking" heavy music basses but I havent tried enough so no opinion there sept looks wise
Schecters are favorites here on UG i dont like em sept 1 i played with EMGs but it looked like CRAP + it was a tad too heavy...


i paid $479 for a BRAND NEW SR505 at Guitar Center you can haggle with those guys i ALWAYS DO.....just act like you are gonna leave, they get commission so get friendly with your salesman offer to buy accessories, like bag, strap, strap locks, cable, FX, whatever, when they get the lower price approved they wont take it back off the table...find lil problems with the bass, scratches dings, that dont really bother you, but ACT like they do theyll drop the price.....

Good Luck!
Last edited by HATe410 at Jun 16, 2010,