Best 5 String for +/-$500?

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  1. Carl Kolchak

    Carl Kolchak Regular

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    Not knowing diddly-squat about basses, but knowing I'll need a 5 string, can someone please recommend me something in the +/- $500 range? No actives, and no MII please.
  2. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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  3. dr_game0ver

    dr_game0ver Regular

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    Squier Jazz CV or used MIM Fender Jazz with a set off SD's. If you are really lucky, try to get yourself a Epiphone thunderbird 5.
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  4. karjim

    karjim Set the World Afire

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    Sire V7 ...better than MIM JB I ve tested in stores...It can be passive or active
  5. Tuned

    Tuned Regular

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    - what kind of music?
    - what kind of sound?
    - why on earth no MII?
    The latter, MII LAKLAND basses easily kick MIA Fenders and MIA MM out of their boots. Just so you know

    Other than that, there's quite a few look for
    - G&L Tribute L2500 (MIJ or MIK or MII) for quite a few tonal options. Runs in passive too but that cuts pretty much of its possibilities
    - G&L Tribute M2500, appr the same but with several tonal options excluded, and a bit more on the rock/metal side
    - G&L USA of the same models, a used one may pop up in your budget
    - LAKLAND Skyline (MII or MIK) 55-02 for the ultimate tonal options, passive pups, active/passive switchable electronics, very transparent in the active mode too. One of the best sounding and playing serial basses out there, a used one may pop up price range. Basically this plus the 5th string:

    NOT the 55-01, that one is an entry model on the same body shape
    - other passive non-switchable LAKLAND Skyline 5-strings with that massive low B that Fender and MM just can't afford: the 55-60 for that Fender Jazz passive sound; the DJ5 for the 70-s kind of JB sound, on a smaller body and neck; the 55-64 for that passive P sound (also with an optional bridge J). All came in a variety of pickups to choose to your goals, and then came the J-Sonic 5 for an angry fat massive spanking sound of wide neodimum J magnets
    - quite a few Yamaha basses. But many have their own voicing that many love or hate
    - quite a few other Ibanes basses. The SR series if you are a guitar player and can't cope with a wide string spacing,
    - Guild Pilot 5,

    EDIT: ok, you said passive only, but does that exclude MusicMan basses too? You know, like, AC/DC, Queen, RHCP (well, not much, but still), Dream Theater (not the ones below, but active MM nevertheless), Ozzy, for that matter?
    - Ibanez ATK 305 (MIJ) - arguably the best MM sounding bass in your price range
    - MM Sub 5 (MIA) - a MM bass stripped to the core, corners cut but with acceptable MM pickup and electronics. NOT the Sterling by MM Sub series!

    an there's more.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2019
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