Posted by paige on August 08, 2000 at 12:44:28:
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.
I bought a used Alembic Epic 5 string for under 900.00. A great bass, with that signature Alembic tone. Carvin has a quality 5 string, and in my opinion has the best bargain for a new middle of the road bass. It's a good quality instrument. Didn't like the Yamahas much, Ibanez Soundgear 5 string was ok... too bright for my taste. But there are a bunch of good deals on 5's. Keep an eye on E-bay.
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