So, after everything I've pawned off this month in a desperate attempt to save, I've come to realise that a custom guitar just isn't on the cards this year, not with Download Festival, car repairs that need done, and car insurance due in the middle of the year (which is likely still going to be around £1000). With that, I come to the conclusion that while I don't NEED another guitar, I can't make do with a 4 string bass. I've narrowed it down to two basses (as both are on ebay cheaply, and both I've wanted for fuck knows how long), the Ibanez SR506, and the BTB676. The lowest this will be getting tuned at a MASSIVE push is going to be G, and that will only be a drone kind of thing for one song, the rest of the time will likely be A. I'm looking for what is likely to be the most versatile, but also awesome for metal. I'm not against a pick-up swap if either of these need them to do some mehtulz as fuck gut rumbling.
What do you guys think? Links to specs and porn below.
EDIT: I also forgot, what's access to the low strings like further up the neck? If I wanted to play the 6th string at the 15th fret for example, or would I need gargantuan hands?
Basses - SR506 | Ibanez guitars
Basses - BTB676 | Ibanez guitars
the SR basses are comfy. I own the 5-string version of the sr506 you posted and it's definitely nice, though I'm not a fan of having an extra string I NEVER use. the 6 string ones I've played haven't had the BIGGEST 6 string neck I've ever seen. Ibanez tends to use a more cramped spacing.
If it was me, and there was no difference in price, I would say go with the BTB. It'll be a wider neck, but it's neck thru with better upper fret access, and i really like the individual string bridges.
As for being able to reach the high frets on the low string, I can do it without a problem, so make a duck with your hand like this:
...and measure from your knuckle to the end of your middle finger. Mine measures 4.5". I can reach over the low b on my 5 to where a 6th string would be no problem. Failing the ingenious duck hand idea, just to find one to play somewhere, or any other 6 string, since ibanez basses have tighter string spacing.