Re: Return of the dreaded 5-string discussion!

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Posted by Kenny on July 28, 2000 at 16:23:51:

In Reply to: Return of the dreaded 5-string discussion! posted by Glen on July 28, 2000 at 12:48:03:

: OK folks, I got to play an Alembic 5-string yesterday....

: Clearly audible B-string. Beautiful tone. No dead spots. Wide enough fretboard/ string spacing to make slap a comfortable experience. New positions & scale patterns available. Miles' "So What" sounds great an octave lower! And the Alembic sounds awesome playing chords in the upper registers. I could get used to it verrry quickly!

: BUT.... I ain't gonna fork over the $2800.00 it cost the owner for one anytime soon. I have a mortgage to pay & a wife to (try to) keep happy LOL

: One opinion hasn't changed - I don't think the words "beginner" and "5-string" belong anywhere near each other. The 5-strings in a beginner's price range just don't cut it - the ones I've seen suffer from all the problems mentioned previously. JMO of course.


Hey Glen,
That was a fine example of a 5 you tried. If you actually want a 5 there are alot of good ones that do not cost nearly as much. When I was searching for my third 5, ......well lets just say I tried alot of them. I didn't want to say it before but those middle of the road Yamaha's you mentioned in the previous posts are not great examples of 5 string basses. Musicman and G&L both make great fives at very reasonable prices. I bought my first stingray5 used for $850, and I can't begin to tell you what a great bass that was. ( had to trade it in to get the new fretless stingray5 I tried and fell in love with) The bass would just do anything I wanted and never gave me a bit of trouble. I've played...... but never owned a G&L. Another fine bass for the money........Kenny

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