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tom once dead
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which one?

Post by tom once dead » 11 Nov 2008, 16:18

okay after some saving I have enough for a good sized deposit on a bass. price range is $1000-$1600 AU

I play metal, and am looking for 5 strings, no less no more. Not a Fender not a fan of them somthing with a slim neck humbuckers, and a trebely tone (Rex-pantera) but I also want a growl, well more like a snarl (Children of Bodom sound). Preferably not really hot pups, ive got a sansamp for growl.


The main contenders are:
Spector legend custom 5
Schecter C-5
ESP B255
Some Ibanez

Other ones I'm looking at:
G&L L2500
Cort A5
BC Rich heritage Mockingbird 5
Ive been looking at these sites. http://www.guitar.com.au/guitars/bass/index.htm
http://www.basscentre.com.au/

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Re: which one?

Post by blizzard » 11 Nov 2008, 16:37

Well I'm a bit biased but the Lakland Skyline -01 series are fantastic basses IMO. They have the same electronics/built in the same factory as the higher end Corts and Ibanez. I think they go for between $1200-$1400. The G&L L2500 is a great bass too, lots of tone variations.

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Re: which one?

Post by PilbaraBass » 11 Nov 2008, 16:38

G&L L-2500...fantastic bass...
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Re: which one?

Post by rodl2005 » 11 Nov 2008, 17:12

Cort Make a DARN good bass for the $$$ they ask!!! Apparently Cort are the MAIN co. that makes basses for MANY other Asian co's- AFAIK.
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Re: which one?

Post by blizzard » 11 Nov 2008, 17:35

Rodl thats thats true, I believe nearly any bass thats made in Korea is done by Cort, the other major manufacturer in the region is Sammick.

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Re: which one?

Post by Aussie Mark » 11 Nov 2008, 21:05

tom once dead wrote:Preferably not really hot pups
Forget the L2500 then, the G&L pups are difficult to tame.

You're after a slim neck, so a Sterling 5HH would be worth trying.

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Re: which one?

Post by ROON » 12 Nov 2008, 11:13

I'd check out an Ibanez SR505. They have a really slim neck, they're lightweight, and they sound fantastic. Even though they have Barts in them, which everyone says are 'soft' pickups (totally disagree), you can get a nice growl out of them.
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Re: which one?

Post by rodl2005 » 12 Nov 2008, 15:04

+1 hard to go past Ibanez for quality /price!!!! AND playability/sound etc.. Damn good basses!!!! for a LONG time too!
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Re: which one?

Post by Soong » 13 Nov 2008, 07:49

I'd recommend checking out Yamaha's range of upper priced TRBs (TRB1005) and also their RBX 5 string range.


But thats just cos im bias towards them =]
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Re: which one?

Post by Petebass » 13 Nov 2008, 11:30

MTD Artist 5! Or MTD Heir 5 ! Both are unbelievably good (I have a Heir 5), and they're well within your budget.
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Re: which one?

Post by jezzamac » 13 Nov 2008, 13:11

I got an Ibanez SR405 of ebay to try out 5 string playing - you would probably want to get something further up market yourself. I have difficulty with the string spacing. I think there is a 16mm spacing on the Soundegear 5 strings while the usual 4 string spacing is 19mm (correct me if I am wrong) which I am much more comfortable with as I usually play a precision. The MTDs I've tried in shops seem good and the Cort Artisans (A and B series) seem like all round good basses for the budget you have specified. I really liked a Lakland Skyline 5 Striing I tried but retail price on them seems high for a Korean made bass.
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Re: which one?

Post by blizzard » 13 Nov 2008, 17:35

jezzamac wrote:I got an Ibanez SR405 of ebay to try out 5 string playing - you would probably want to get something further up market yourself. I have difficulty with the string spacing. I think there is a 16mm spacing on the Soundegear 5 strings while the usual 4 string spacing is 19mm (correct me if I am wrong) which I am much more comfortable with as I usually play a precision. The MTDs I've tried in shops seem good and the Cort Artisans (A and B series) seem like all round good basses for the budget you have specified. I really liked a Lakland Skyline 5 Striing I tried but retail price on them seems high for a Korean made bass.
The reason for Skylines prices being high is that they sent to America to be finished/setup and quality control. MIK fool ya, I would be willing to bet my Skyline against an American Fender anyday.

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Re: which one?

Post by tom once dead » 13 Nov 2008, 20:28

I'll have to have a good look at the MTD's.

I played on a Growler 4 in brisbane had a really good neck apart from the 19mm spacing which I hate. I always assumed they were too expensive.

EDIT: I just saw they all have 19mm spacing. thats a pass on MTD

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Re: which one?

Post by Aussie Mark » 13 Nov 2008, 20:48

tom once dead wrote:I played on a Growler 4 in brisbane had a really good neck apart from the 19mm spacing which I hate.
A growler with 19mm spacing sounds good to me :drool: :thumbup:

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Re: which one?

Post by Daveze » 13 Nov 2008, 21:27

Thats a shame about the MTD's. I have a Z5, which is like butter to play. The pickups/electronics leave a bit to be desired though...did I mention it plays like butter?

I've had a good run with Yamaha's (old RBX-250 and a BB-G5) and probably would've gone for a TRB-1005 if I hadn't [virtually] stolen the MTD. I've gotta cash in my change sack (its a sack now, my jar broke...), which will probably have me tossing up between another Z5 or a 1005 for a fretless 5 string.

I can't speak to the Spector or Schecter models you mentioned but to me slim neck = Ibanez = slim neck. They've got a fair range behind them now, so you're probably best making your way to Allen's (usually have a good range) and finding the one that fits.

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