#1
So I'm looking for a 5 string J bass in the 300 - 400$ area. The ones I find are either above or below this mark. I'm really wanting a Fender but all I've found is a Squier that meets my needs. (I've heard nice things about it.) I would like some suggestions....I've found a Rondo bass but I'm hesitant since I can't play it first.


I would like a J but P will suffice, I don't want to be a 5 string set on a 4 and I can't really go above 400.
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#2
used should get you something.
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#3
I've been looking a little for used stuff....Found some eBay ones but I don't like not being able to play my future instrument.


Found two things I'm considering.


This will satisfy my want for a fretless, J bass and 5 string but I don't know how Douglas basses feel.
http://www.rondomusic.com/wpb955tfl.html

Play it safe and get the Fender used. I've played the 4 string version and loved it.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Fender-5-string-Jazz-bass-mim-No-Reserve-Price_W0QQitemZ180299176933QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item180299176933&_trkparms=72%3A1205|39%3A1|66%3A2|65%3A12|240%3A1318&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14
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#4
Good god that's a sexy bass.
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#5
Yea...Reviews are pretty good. This is going to be a backup bass and I'm using it for Jazz band so it won't be the end of the world if there are a few minor problems.

Another Fender
http://cgi.ebay.com/FENDER-STANDARD-JAZZ-V-5-STRING-ELECTRIC-BASS-M-I-M_W0QQitemZ230302089627QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item230302089627&_trkparms=72%3A1205|39%3A1|66%3A2|65%3A12|240%3A1318&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

I think I'm more partial to this one than the other Fender. The Douglas is very tempting....
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#6
You shouldn't have problems finding a used MIM Fender for that price. That said, Squier does make some surprisingly decent 5-string Jazzes - most notably the Active Jazz. OK, the basswood body and ebonol fingerboard aren't my thing, but it's quite solid and forward-thinking for the cash. That said, I'd still recommend a used MIM.
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#7
I think any of these would do fine as a backup..though the neck on that Douglas looks really wide. Sexy, but wide.
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#8
All I can say is that I played the Squier Deluxe fiver and loved every moment of it.
#9
the squire is truly an excellent instrument, and i plan on getting one as my back up five string. there cheap, and play very well.
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#10
Well, I've found some used MIMs so that's good...The Rondomusic might be for when I want a fretless.....Should be a while considering I won't be making extra money for some time. I definitely need to make sure I have money set aside for my Ashdown too.


Seems like I'll be getting a used MIM 5 string. It will be nice to be able to say I own a Fender.
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#11
i've bought stuff off of rondo before.

they make good stuff, and even if you're not happy with it you can send it back for a refund. so there isn't much to lose.
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#12
If youre considering the 5 string deluxe jazz from squier consider this - the ebanol fretboard almost ruins it, it permanantly fogs up after a few days and the fretboard is very clacky. Also high pitched whine then the treble is high.
#13
So I was browsing and I'm really considering just getting a four string.

This
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Squier-by-Fender-Vintage-Modified--70s-Jazz-Bass-103726642-i1166457.gc


It just looks so amazing....It's a J bass, is well in my budget and it looks amazing....Now I just need to play one.
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