#1
Alright, I'm thinking about getting a new bass. In fact, I'm going to get a new bass. I've just got one problem: I don't know whether to go extra-long scale, 5 string, or stick with a normal bass. I like playing downtuned, but with my current bass the strings just flop around like wet noodles whenever I do this. The three solutions I could think of were 5-string basses so I could still get those extra-low notes, extra-long scale so that the downtuned strings wouldn't flop around, or just sucking it up and getting a normal bass. Does anyone have any advice on this topic, and, if you do, could you point me in the direction of a 5-string/extra-long scale bass between $500 and $700, preferabley with more then one pickup?
#2
Schecter. Enough said.
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Schecter. Enough said.

Stilletto is a good choice.
Or, my personal Bass favorite, the Fender Jazz bass. 5, fretless, normal, it's all good.

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#4
OR, an Ibanez SR505? I have one, and it's a VERY versatile instrument.
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#5
Here are the basses I'm looking at right now.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Schecter-Stiletto-Custom5-Bass?sku=513050

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-Deluxe-P-Bass-Special-4String-Bass-?sku=515201

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-F404-4String-Bass-?sku=516774

The first one's a 5-string, the second 4-string long scale, and the third one is 4-string extra long scale. Which of these would you guys reccomend?
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Here are the basses I'm looking at right now.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Schecter-Stiletto-Custom5-Bass?sku=513050

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-Deluxe-P-Bass-Special-4String-Bass-?sku=515201

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-F404-4String-Bass-?sku=516774

The first one's a 5-string, the second 4-string long scale, and the third one is 4-string extra long scale. Which of these would you guys reccomend?

I have the second bass. I think it's great, like they say it really is the best of both the P-bass and the J-Bass

#7
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I have the second bass. I think it's great, like they say it really is the best of both the P-bass and the J-Bass


The pickguard can be switched out right? I'm really not feeling the gold but i love everything else.
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The pickguard can be switched out right? I'm really not feeling the gold but i love everything else.

Yeah, i suppose so. I never really tired it though...

#10
the schecter stilleto is amazing

i don't play it with the low b though, but when i originally picked it up it was tuned that way, and the 35 in scale really helped with the low b, it picked up everything, overall its a great choice, it looks awesome, you get what you're looking for with the lower notes, the pickups are great (EMG!!) the hardware is high quality, and overall the tone kicks all kinds of ass, you can dial in pretty much any sound you want, and its an easy transition from 4 to 5 because the strings are spaced really close making the neck really thin for a five string, i really like it it makes it so much easier to play

the only problem with that is that it makes it a lot harder to slap since the strings are so close, it ends up being a bitch to dampen the strings, but you get the hang of it


did i mention its sexy as hell?
#11
out of them it would be the shecter 4 me.
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#13
I would try out a 5 string before putting it in a line up of basses you want. Trust me I made that mistake and now Im stuck with a bass that I rarely play.

But to answer your question, either get the Fender and get thicker strings, or get the ESP and be happy. ith the longer scale, less to no flop (depending on what tuning its in).
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#14
Quote by Copius
Here are the basses I'm looking at right now.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Schecter-Stiletto-Custom5-Bass?sku=513050

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-Deluxe-P-Bass-Special-4String-Bass-?sku=515201

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-F404-4String-Bass-?sku=516774

The first one's a 5-string, the second 4-string long scale, and the third one is 4-string extra long scale. Which of these would you guys reccomend?



The f404(third one) is amazing, its my main axe.

HIGHLY recommend it, you won't regret the purchase.
#15
So what do you tune to that makes it so floppy? My bass is 34 1/2" scale, so it's not too short, but not too long. I'm a fan of five strings and could probably never use anything less, so that's what I recommend.
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#16
I'm partial to five and six strings. I have a six string myself and I love not having to downtuning. Personally, I'd get the Shecter because I'm a five/six string person.
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#19
Hey what about CORT? They make great basses
I have the four string and it's only $350 at musiciansfriend.com/canada
it only weighs in at a light 3 pounds or something.
#23
Aw, crap, what's with all the necroposting lately?
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#24
Ok, The TS has his answer, made his choice. If anyone has their own questions they are more than welcome to open up their own thread.

Damn, I feel like a ghostbuster tonight, laying down the law against the phantoms of ancient threads!

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