For some time I have planned on obtaining a new 5string bass, and until yesterday that bass was going to be a Warwick corvette $$, but yesterday I discovered the Ibanez BTB basses (yes I am a bit slow discovering things :P ).
I already have an Ibanez Soundgear bass that plays really good and feels awesome, and since the BTB's are twice as expensive, get at lot of praise, and have a very nice set of specs I figured that the BTB's might be quite awesome!
Now, I am going to try the both and compare them, but I would also like some opinions from you on the matter (preferably from people that have played both). I am going to tune it down to G, and I'll play mainly metal (melodic, death, progressive, black), but also some more rock-ish, punk-ish, hardcore-ish, djent-ish and funk-ish stuff (basically I'll play a lot of things, not just metal stuff :P ).
What do you think?
Btw the two BTB's I've been looking at are these:
Ibanez BTB705DX-TKF - Thomann Cyberstore Sverige
Ibanez BTB675-NTF - Thomann Cyberstore Sverige
And here's the Warwick (this model but in red, or something similar with two humbuckers (MEC or Bartolini):
Warwick RB Corvette $$ 5 BK OFC - Thomann Cyberstore Sverige
Add: I am a little unsure of the pickups (hence why I'm asking for advice). The Warwick has MEC 'buckers and those sound very good according to me, so I figured that 'buckers is the way to go. However the 705 has EMG's, and the 675 has "quadcoil pickups" (probably J-bass pickup-like, or singlecoil-ish).
EMG's will always be... well EMG's, and all that come with EMG's, and J-pickups have a tendency of sounding a little... meek. What are your experiences with with the PUP's on the BTB's?
Add 2: I record a lot, and DI often just DI the bass since I've got no bass rig that with enough ballz to give the the proper tone. I might consider buying one sometime, but until then I'll probably DI the bass most of the time, or do a blend with like 80% DI and 20% mic'ed amp (small warwick blue cab that is a nice bedroom amp but lack the proper powah for serious recording).
I LOVED the 676 I played not so long back. Wish I'd had the scratch to buy it. I can't say anything for the Warwick as I've not played one, but the Ibanez is awesome.