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Old 27th September 2009 , 03:01 PM
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Hi,

I am after a five string bass for around 200-300 for rock/alternative/metal.
Like natural finishes if possible but black/grey is always nice.

Only problem is I have a bad lower back so it needs to not be too heavy to stand with it.

Hope somone can suggest something?!

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A used "bass collection" might be worth a look. Excellent bang for buck (though I'm not wild on active circuitry)
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That's a good shout. The Bass Collection basses are as light as a feather, very easy to play and very responsive.

The Warwick Rockbass Corvette are also very light. I have a Warwick Rockbass Streamer Standard 5 string bass that I might be letting go (i'm not desperate to sell it because I still find use for it, it's the perfect gigging instrument.

The Ibanez GSR205 5-String
is another light'n well within your price range.
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What sort of woods should I look for in a light bass guitar? aren't the Warwick basses really expensive?
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Is this one any good?
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Er. This forum is funded by digital village. A music gear retailer. Please don't post links to other retailers.
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Woops, apologies, forgot where I was for a moment there
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Will the type of wood affect the weight? If so which woods are lighter to use?
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The type of wood will most definatly effect the weight.

For lightweight woods you should mainly be looking at Alder, this doesn't mean Alder cheap. Alder is a fairly standard wood on most basses, along with Ash (a hard wood) these days, including on Fender basses. My Geddy Lee Jazz is Alder.

I know The Rockbass Corvette body is made from Alder. The Warwick Rockbass Streamer uses as wood called Carolena. I don't know much about 'Carolena', nor do most people- But, as I say, I've played one and it's light.

Ok- Rockbass. Rockbasses are Warwick's cheaper Chinese or Taiwanese made basses. Kinda like Squier to Fender (Dare I Say). They actually call them 'Rockbass by Warwick' now. They don't use Warwick's expensive, heavy, dense, exotic woods such as swamp ash and Koa and Bubinga. But they do come with MEC electronics, just like real Warwick basses which is always good to know.
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Great, thanks for your help. I will have a look into those and maybe the Ibanez too.

Also, whilst I am here, would the bass guitar strap effect my back for comfort? Is there anything in particular I should look out for??
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It's a great investment to have a nice comfy strap.

I use a 'comfort strapp' which is neoprene. Very nice indeed- my left shoulder loves it!
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I agree with Davey, bass collection is worth a look but don't overlook the cheaper Ibanez 5 strings - especially the active ones supprisingly good tone for next to nothing!
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Here are the new rockbasses from warwick:

http://www.bassnw.com/New%20Standard..._4_natural.htm

Notice they do not look anything like the orginals & also note they are almost twice the RRP!
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Kewl, thanks for your response.

On another note, if I were to buy a four string bass, what would I need to do to lower the strings to the tuning on a 5 string bass ie BEAD and what gauge of strings would be best to do something like this? I have been playing guitar for quite a while but I haven't played bass for a good ten years or so.

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Yeah, you could do this. You'd need to widen the nut slots and probably have to decrease the tension of the truss rod (because the B has less tension than a G). Then there's sometimes a problem with the string holes at the bridge, you'd have to buy a taper-core (taper ended) B string.

Personally, I think it's a little bit of trouble, especially if you fancy a little swap back to standard E-A-D-G tuning here and there.
Might be easier just to have a 5 string bass. If don't worry about the neck width (i'm guessing) because you are use to playing guitar. Infact my Rockbass streamer has a slightly shorter scale and the string spacing is minimal, very easy to play.
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