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    Budget 5-string bass options

    Since I've been infected with the 7-string virus, it seems I need a 5-string bass to record with now. While I could have my 4-string set up to downtune, I'd rather just get a 5-string. But, I don't really "play bass" so much as I just write lines with it and record them for my songs. While I'd love to have a Rickenbacker ( #CliffEmAll! ) or Fender P-bass, that's overkill for someone who only picks it up when recording, and I need to go the cheap route so I can have cash for more important things.

    I came across a gorgeous Dean Edge 5-string on a local garage sale site, loaded with EMG HZ pups (don't know much about them) that seems like a solid deal.

    I've also been looking at Ibanez SRx05s (x=2,3,4), but figured I'd get some input before I move in any particular direction. And, selling my GSR200 first has to play into this...

    So, what do you recommend for a nice playing, budget friendly metal 5-string bass?
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    Keeping an eye on this, since I'm also considering getting a 5 string at the moment.

    The Ibanez SR series and the Sterling Sting Ray 5 are the two I'm looking at.

    Quote Originally Posted by Iron1 View Post
    I came across a gorgeous Dean Edge 5-string on a local garage sale site, loaded with EMG HZ pups (don't know much about them) that seems like a solid deal.
    If they're anything like the EMG HZ guitar pickups, they'll be mediocre at best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tibernius View Post
    Keeping an eye on this, since I'm also considering getting a 5 string at the moment.

    The Ibanez SR series and the Sterling Sting Ray 5 are the two I'm looking at.
    Haven't looked at the Sterling Sting Ray. Will have to check one out...


    Quote Originally Posted by Tibernius View Post
    If they're anything like the EMG HZ guitar pickups, they'll be mediocre at best.
    Kinda what I figured...

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    If you want a P-bass I can highly recommend the Squier Vintage Modified P5. Although I modded the crap out of mine the base (heh) model is solid. Also worth looking for old MiJ Ibanez SRs, they can often be had fairly cheap and are fantastic basses.

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    SR505 and 605s are good, although I prefer the sounds of the EMG loaded Schecters (which do modern metal really well, even the HZ loaded ones). I would recommend you play any Squier before buying, as they are often inconsistent.
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    Squire vintage modified all day long

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    Squire vintage modified all day long
    Respectfully disagree. Sire is the way to go over Squire.

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    Anyone have or play an ESP B55?

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