#1
*EDIT* I'm now looking at basses in the $400-500 range.
Please disregard everything below, I just kept it so people weren't completely lost on what everyone was talking about

Main styles: Metal/Hard Rock and Blues.


Alright, well a few days ago I made a thread saying that I wanted to buy a cheap 5 string bass (~$200), and what I should be looking for.

Since then I've just been looking at all kinds of basses, 4 string, 5 string and 6 string.

What I've found so far:

OLP MM3 (5 String) - $165
1973 Ibanez J-Bass Copy (4 String) - $225
Washburn MB6 (6 String) - $225
Ibanez SR485 (5 String) - $225
Ibanez RD500 (5 String) - $240
SX BG-205 (5 String - Fretless) - $125
Dean Edge 5 (5 String - EMG HZs) - $140
Rogue LX405 (5 String - Active EQ) - $170


Now, I really would like the Ibanez 485, but the guy needs money now and I'm not quite ready to buy since I just bought a new guitar this week

Thoughts? Other suggestions/finds?

Thanks guys!
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Last edited by MatrixClaw at Oct 13, 2008,
#2
I dislike MM3's, but the others all seem very nice.

I hear 73 was a good year...
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#3
Hmmmm if you lived in europe i would tell you to get a jack and danny 5 string. Mine just arrived today. I took a chance on it because i wanted a 5 string and something to mod. It plays amazingly well for the price. 150 with postage form germany to ireland. But i'm going with the sr495. Jump on it. NOW!!!!!!!!
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#4
hey you added 2 more. I wouldn't start on a fretless, if I were you.
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#5
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hey you added 2 more. I wouldn't start on a fretless, if I were you.

I've played bass many times before. The bass I was using previously was an Ibanez SR500, which is why I really want the 485, since it's very similar - but he wants to sell it by this weekend and I'm really busy, plus I'm not quite ready to buy as I said. I've played some fretless basses before though (mainly the Carvin Bunny Brunel model), with the markers on the fretboard I'm fine playing one.
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#6
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I've played bass many times before. The bass I was using previously was an Ibanez SR500, which is why I really want the 485, since it's very similar - but he wants to sell it by this weekend and I'm really busy, plus I'm not quite ready to buy as I said. I've played some fretless basses before though (mainly the Carvin Bunny Brunel model), with the markers on the fretboard I'm fine playing one.

then get it. also, sx is lesser than every Ibanez on that list, especially if you like the Ibanez feel better anyway.
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#7
And you can also defret the ibanez when you get it. if you want.
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#8
Well, I've never played an SX before so I can't say if I prefer the Ibanez neck over it, the SX however, has recently been set up with new strings.

I like the feel of frets better, but since I'm not going to be using the bass in a band or anything I can live with the fretless.

I also forgot about the Dean Edge 5 with HZs, added that to the list as well.


Also, I know it's Rogue, which the ones I've played before aren't really too great, but any thoughts on the LX405? It's right at my budget brand new, and it has an active EQ.

Oh and i also found an LTD B-105 for $225.
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Last edited by MatrixClaw at Oct 10, 2008,
#9
I still stand by the fretted Ibanez, they will suit you well. and the only reason to get a fretless would be for the tone.
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#11
go with the LTD, i got the B-55 and its amazing
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#12
Ok, since I don't really need a bass right now, I've convinced myself to wait a little bit and buy something in the $4-500 range.

The bass at the top of my list right now is an ESP Horizon 5 String. What else should I be looking for?
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#13
why not an sr500?
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why not an sr500?

Because I'd think when I could get an ESP Horizon for the same price, it's not really even much of a contest in which one I'd choose. If the SR500 were a Prestige series, it might be different, but comparing a "lower" end Ibanez to an ESP (not an LTD) is like comparing a regular Ibanez to a Prestige 3 times its price.

Correct me if my reasoning is wrong here?


Any thoughts on Traben basses?
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#15
Well then, now that you've made an adjustment to your budget, I say take a look at a couple Schecters and report back to me in the morning.
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Because I'd think when I could get an ESP Horizon for the same price, it's not really even much of a contest in which one I'd choose. If the SR500 were a Prestige series, it might be different, but comparing a "lower" end Ibanez to an ESP (not an LTD) is like comparing a regular Ibanez to a Prestige 3 times its price.

Correct me if my reasoning is wrong here?


Any thoughts on Traben basses?

ESP is not as good to begin with however, I'd get the Ibanez anyway. if it's better (which I doubt) it's not by much.

and Traben is very nice. heavy, and a little overly metal looking, but unlike BC Rich, it pulls it off. versatile, nice spacing on their Fivers, good feel.
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#17
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ESP is not as good to begin with however, I'd get the Ibanez anyway. if it's better (which I doubt) it's not by much.

and Traben is very nice. heavy, and a little overly metal looking, but unlike BC Rich, it pulls it off. versatile, nice spacing on their Fivers, good feel.

Why is this?


I actually like the looks of the Trabens, they've always interested me, but I've only played them a few times for only a couple minutes and that was on their higher end models. I can't stand BC Rich

As for Schecter, I've tried the Schecter Stiletto Elite 4 many times and enjoyed it. Unfortunately Guitar Center is about an hour away and I don't really have much time to be driving over there and trying any. Our local shop usually doesn't carry any 5 strings.
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#18
I find ESP to be focused on making a strong bass for metal, but nothing else. metal is a genre that can use pretty much any bass, therefore severely limiting it in more demanding styles, like country. also, they make very good body shapes, but don't feel great. they don't feel bad, but any Ibanez SR feels better than most ESP basses. to me anyways.
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#19
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I dislike MM3's, but the others all seem very nice.

I hear 73 was a good year...


nope that was the last year of original yankee stadium also the first year of the boss
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