#1
First of all, hi.

Second of all, sorry if there's another generic "recommend me a bass" thread, although I feel this is kind of different.

Main point. I'm making my way from 4 to 5 string, and I can't decide what I want, an Epi TB Pro-V, Squier Deluxe Jazz V or a Traben Array Limited. I'll be playing a number of different metal genres, in addition to various punk rock and pop rock songs.
Which in your opinion is best, and why?

Thanks in advance.
#2
The Thunderbird is known as a very muddy sounding bass, not very versatile.
I can’t say anything about the Traben because I’ve never played one.
As for the Squier I think that is your best (and cheapest) option. It’s very versatile and with the active EQ you could probably get a large variety of sounds.
#3
i would second the recommendation for the squier jazz, for the same reasons, it's a great bass for the money.

and i would avoid the t-bird for the same reason stated above, as well as the horrendous neck dive that makes them unplayable for me.
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Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass,
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Hartke LH1000,
Hartke Hydrive 410,
Sansamp BDDI,
Electro-harmonix Black Finger Compressor.
#4
Squire Jazz V > Epi Tbird Pro V > Traben Array


The ONLY thing i didn't like about the squire, is that the fretboard is fairly wide... i don't play 5ers much, but when i do i like the narrow Ibanez spacing. In the pricerange of the basses you're looking at, check out the highest numberes Ibanez SR you can find... a used SR505 would be perfect.

Just my $0.02
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#5
I'd say Traben (as long as you're ok with how it looks), it'll kick the crap out of most any non-CV/VM Squier, and the T bird is...well, a T bird.

I don' t want to come off sounding like a fanboy but I've used my Array Limited in a number of different band settings and its an extremely versatile, well made little bass. I'd highly recommend at least trying one if you can find one.
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#6
Thanks for all your responses One of the reasons I couldn't decide for certain is because I currently use a Squier Affinity P (after deciding over a J), purely because its bottom is a little fatter and I like basses according to looks as well... I'll try a Traben, and if I can't find one, I'll go Squier.
Basses:
Squier Affinity P
Stellah Ripwood 5
Epiphone EB-0