What Are The Best 5-String Bass Guitars That You Can Buy Today?

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Last Updated: Nov-15-2017
We looked through the previous six 5-string basses we had recommended and realized that we didn’t want to remove any! However we decided that adding another two models couldn’t hurt – reflecting the choice on offer in this popular bass market. This update saw the addition of both the premium Schecter Stiletto Studio-5 Bass and the affordable but impressive Squier Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass.

Whether a 4-string bass limits your creativity, or you like a little more of a challenge, adding a 5-string bass guitar to your collection is an excellent move!

Because 5-string bass guitars are a whole different ball game. You get a lot more in terms of tonal range, increased maneuvering space, and the ability to go to places you simply can’t get to with a standard 4-string bass.

So if you are interested in finding your next 5-string bass, you’re in the right place. We have compiled a shortlist of eight of the best 5-string bass guitars on sale today, varying in price – from entry-level right up to the higher-end of the market.

Some of these may well be familiar to you, since their 4-string counterparts are identical (bar the extra string) and may feature on our big article charting the best bass guitars around. However some may be completely new to you – they were to us! Let’s dive in…

Top 6 Best 5-Strings Bass Guitars:

ImageBass Guitar / RatingSummaryCheck Price
+ - Ibanez SRFF805 Ibanez SRFF805

Total of 4.92/5  

Fanned out goodness coming from the top tier part of the house.

+ - Schecter Stiletto Studio-5 Bass Schecter Stiletto Studio-5 Bass

Total of 4.80/5  

An astounding higher-end Schecter bass that’s worth every penny.

+ - Fender Deluxe Dimension Bass V Fender Deluxe Dimension Bass V

Total of 4.90/5  

Fender's evolution of their classic bass foundation which constantly delivers on point.

+ - Schecter Omen Extreme 5 Schecter Omen Extreme 5

Total of 4.88/5  

A real contender designed for serious work both in metal and elsewhere.

+ - Ibanez SR405EQM Ibanez SR405EQM

Total of 4.90/5  

Another great SR model which delivers a great tone and looks awesome.

+ - Squier Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass V Squier Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass V

Total of 4.66/5  

Squier once again show that ‘affordable’ doesn’t need to mean ‘compromise’!

+ - Dean Edge 09 Dean Edge 09

Total of 4.66/5  

Simple entry level bass guitar that packs a decent amount of heat.

+ - Rogue LX205B Rogue LX205B

Total of 4.74/5  

Definitely one of the most balanced entry level five string bass guitars.

Ibanez SRFF805

Ibanez SRFF805

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Seeing another Ibanez on our list shouldn’t really come as a surprise. At around $1000 is exactly where you will find the best bass guitars this popular brand has to offer. Ibanez SRFF805 is just one of them, but it proves our previous claim perfectly. This guitar offers innovation, great build quality, the type of performance reserved for the high end part of the spectrum, and so much more. It’s a type of bass you want to play, but also look at every single day. Let’s take a closer look. First thing you will notice is the fanned out design. This style of guitars are becoming popular simply because how natural they are to play. Bartolini BH1 pickups are there to take care of the tone, along with a complex set of controls which include your standard EQ, as well as some more advanced features. Overall, Ibanez SRFF805 is one attractive beast, no matter how you look at it.

Schecter Stiletto Studio-5 Bass

Schecter Stiletto Studio-5 Bass

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The first of two Schecter basses on this list, their Stiletto Studio-5 Bass is the more premium – and a bass that justifies its slightly higher price tag. It sports a sleek and sophisticated design, with a double-cutaway beautifully-contoured body made from mahogany with a bubinga top. This is finished in either see-through black or satin honey. The maple and walnut neck is another highlight, with a thin C shape, deep Ultra Access design, and a fast satin finish, along with a rosewood fretboard and 24 extra jumbo frets. It is voiced by two passive EMG 40HZ humbuckers with 3-band active EQ, which – as we mention in our full review of the Stiletto Studio-5 Bass – offers an excellent sound worthy of gigging and recording.

Fender Deluxe Dimension Bass V

Fender Deluxe Dimension Bass V

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When you put Fender and bass guitars in one sentence, first association is a precision bass or a jazz bass. After all, these two models are their bread and butter even to this day. With that said, Fender has some other designs that are worth checking out. Fender Deluxe Dimension Bass V is an exotic bass guitar when compared to most of Fender’s standard range. It features a different body, a different pick guard and a single hunmbucker pickup at the bridge position. On top of that you also get an active preamp with a three band EQ to play with. While most people will still prefer a standard Fender bass, Fender Deluxe Dimension Bass V is definitely a great choice for those who want a more exotic instrument with an equally exotic tone structure. Speaking of which, this bass packs a mean punch in all ways that matter.

Schecter Omen Extreme 5

Schecter Omen Extreme 5

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Schecter’s bass guitars are becoming more and more popular by the hour. A lot of people still live under the impression that metal is the only genre you can play one of these, but that has been proven to be wrong numerous times by now. Schecter Omen Extreme 5 is a perfect example of what you can expect to get from Schecter for less than $500. One look at this bass will tell you that you’re dealing with a quality instrument that sounds just as good as it looks. Speaking of which, the aesthetics of this model are something you usually see couple of categories north of where Omen Extreme 5 resides. Tone is balanced, versatile and comes with enough output to bring on the thunder. Even though Schecter is known for making metal axes, this model is more than capable of playing a variety of music genres. Overall, it is a great choice for a second bass, and an awesome one if you’re shopping for your fist bass guitar.

Ibanez SR405EQM

Ibanez SR405EQM

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Ibanez is a household name when it comes to bass guitars in every segment of the market. Not only are their basses considered to be among the top-rated in their respective categories, but Ibanez has maintained such reputation for so long that people don’t even question their instruments anymore. Ibanez SR405EQM belongs to one of the oldest families of electric bass guitars that Ibanez has. For decades, SR has been the go to choice for professionals and amateurs alike. This particular model features a mighty set of humbuckers, a great EQ cluster to compliment them, and a design that just looks incredible. One glance at this bad boy will tell you it’s a quality instrument, there’s no doubt about it. For the type of money we are working with here, Ibanez SR405EQM is definitely at the top – if not the best choice on the market.

Squier Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass V

Squier Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass V

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Can’t afford the Fender Deluxe Dimension Bass on this list? You may be keen to check out this Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass, which offers true Fender style at a price only Squier can pull off. The double-cutaway Jazz Bass body is made from solid alder, with a bolt-on C-shaped neck, made of maple with a rosewood fretboard and 20 frets. It comes loaded with two pretty decent Jazz Bass V single-coil pickups at the bridge and middle, with two volume controls and a master tone control. As we mention in our full review of this Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass, the hardware isn’t jaw-dropping, but does the job – chrome bridge and tuners. Hard to complain about such an affordable 5-string bass!

Dean Edge 09

Dean Edge 09

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Affordable range of bass guitars has seen an influx of solid Dean models which have proven to deliver a great value for the money. Dean Edge 09 is what you can get in terms of five string basses for less than two hundred. On a similar note, Dean’s five string selection is maybe eve better than their four string basses in the sub $200 range. Check out our list to find out which models we are talking about. Overall, this thing is solid. It feature a basswood body, which isn’t all that unusual in the entry level category, and comes packing a single soap bar pickup. In terms of performance, you are going to be limited compared to a model that has a standard configuration of pickups, but there is still enough there to work with. The tone is good, full of girth and broadly flexible. However, this is definitely not a guitar for precision work. It lacks finesse, but that’s one of the tradeoffs you are going to have to make if you want spend less. Dean Edge 09 is perfect for metal, rock, and similar heavy genres. As a beginner bass guitar, this thing is a solid choice.

Rogue LX205B

Rogue LX205B

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Rogue is not one of those brands that hold as much authority as let’s say Ibanez, however they do deliver where other manufacturers can’t or won’t. In terms of affordable five string bass guitars, Rogue LX205B is one of the few that you can grab for under $200, but also one of the best. There’s nothing flashy about the LX205B. It features an average basswood body, a maple neck with a rosewood fretboard, but it comes with a decent set of single coils – one at the neck and one at the bridge. On the same note, you also get two volume controls and two tone controls. In terms of sound, Rogue LX205B has a lot of range for an affordable model. The tone is pretty well balanced and handles just about any genre of music with varying levels of success. For an entry level fives string bass, this axe is actually pretty impressive all things considered. You can count on Rogue LX205B keeping up with you even when you develop your skills and grow as a bass player.

Conclusion

Switching to a 5-string bass can be an exciting step for any bass player – that extra string opens up a world of possibilities. And thankfully, as you’ve seen, there is a wide choice of basses that come in a 5-string model. We hope our shortlist has at least given you a quick insight into a cross-section of the most popular models out there, as well as a little inspiration when it comes to shopping around. Best of luck with your hunt for your ideal 5-string bass!


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