I've adored my Cort GB5 that I've had a few years now - it surpassed two Lakland 5's and a Yammy TRB2 as the better bass and at a 34" scale has a fantastic low B...just like the 35" scale Laklands are known for. I've been experimenting the last few months, tried different straps etc, but I've concluded the 11Lbs+ of the Cort is exacerbating my back pain too much. I can handle a 2 hrs gig with my 7.2lb Stingray Special but 2 hrs rehearsal with the Cort and masses of Ibuprofen isn't doing it for me, especially the next day. I will sadly sell the Cort eventually which will be gutting as it sounds bloody great with a John East in it......one was up for sale here recently and they really are great playing basses.
I've had back pain for 6 months now, GP of little to no help, so for this reason I bought a Bass Collection 310 5 string, 8.2lbs a few months back. This works good for the back pain but the bass is a bit Meh...leaving me a little uninspired. Don't get me wrong the quality of the bass is fine but the B is nowhere as good as the Cort and the sound is a bit dire; it oddly has 4 string sized pick ups with large cavity gaps, not sure if this normal, the preamp is also a bit lackluster.
I was hoping to try one of these new Ibanez Headless 5 strings due out soon which on paper look like they'd fit the bill weight wise, 18mm string spacing (i think), and i love how they look, but I simply don't have the monies upfront for one of these due to saving and paying for a forthcoming holiday - Mrs Raslee is monitoring my accounts...ahem!.
So I'm thinking what lightweight 5 stringers could I get for under £500 ish???? Don't mind new or secondhand, with a decent B string, 18-20mm string spacing (most Ibby's seem to have too tight string spacing), don't mind active or passive either and ideally under 8.0Lbs in weight..
I realise I probably won't get all these requirements with such a small budget. Have thought of upgrading the Bass Collection pre/pickups...but hmmm, not sure. FWIW I'm playing Ska, Reggae , Dub music with a 5 string (Lows needed as covering music that has used low dub synth bass, low B, C's & D's etc)......wish i could get away with playing a 4 string to be honest as I have 3 great lightweight 4 strings but the 5 does make life easier for this particular band.
Thank you for any advice & guidance