Five string bass guitars are a marvelous instrument that is so much harder to master than a four string guitar. They also allow the player so much freedom with the sound they want to produce, so much more flexibility, that owning one is usually a highly desirable trait for an advanced bass player. Yet finding a good 5 string bass guitar is a very long and taxing task. Still, you have me, and I have time, so here you go: The Schecter Stiletto studio 4 electric bass. Let’s take a closer look and see what makes it so good.
Just because this 5 string guitar has more strings than an average guitar, does not mean it needs to look too unique in any way. The design of the guitar thus takes after the more popular designs encountered both in the 4 and 5 string electric bass guitar world. Double cutaway with a slim midriff and a rounded bottom. Though the slight out bending lower wing does add a sense of something new to the guitar, the tulip shape is not explored enough to warrant calling the guitar unique looking. Still, it is a pleasant shape, and the color of the guitar is highly enjoyable.
The body of the guitar is a combination of mahogany and bubinga, which has proven itself to be an interesting combination. The guitar as a result has some very nice qualities. The mahogany has a powerful resonance with the low tones of the guitar, with a nice and powerful spike in the mid tones of the guitar. The bubinga provides a little bit more of the overall support for the tone of the guitar. The mahogany and bubinga combination is sturdy and a little on the heavy side, so don’t expect the guitar to be easy to play at all times.
The neck of the guitar is made out of the traditional material, maple combined with maple. Though in the case of this bass guitar the maple is multi laminated, which makes it even sturdier, through the added weight and lack of sound resonance may seem a little annoying. The walnut makes for a great neck tonewood as well. The guitar as a result has a long lasting, warp resistant neck that is incredibly hard to damage. The set through the body design of the neck allows even more neck stability. The fingerboard of the guitar is made out of a beautiful, smooth rosewood.
The guitar comes with a diamond custom bridge system. This allows the guitar to have a very nice level of action, while also retaining some nice string stability for the guitar.
The nut of the guitar is made out of a midway quality synthetic material, which provides it with an adequately clean sound and a nice harmony.
The tuning machine of the guitar is made by grover, looks rather good and does it job of keeping the guitar in tune really well.
The guitar comes with two humbucking pickups, one located at the middle and the other located at the bridge of the guitar. The two EMG-HZ humbuckers allow the guitar the ability to fully express the expanded tonal range of the guitar while affording it a bias towards the low tones. The output of the guitar is incredibly powerful thanks to these great quality stock pickups.
The guitar comes with a detailed set of controls, with a knob for master volume, a knob for master tone and three knobs for blend options. Great Stuff.
The guitar sounds lovely. The extra string is perfectly well accommodated by the two EMG HZ humbuckers that the guitar comes with. The low tones are extremely well expressed, deep and rather warm, while the high tones and midtones are noticeable and expressive. The powerful output of the humbuckers allows the sound to feel strong no matter how quietly you play it, or how loud the band around you gets.
If you are looking for a midway priced bass guitar that has a whole range of great qualities look no further. You can get everything you are looking for in the Schecter Stiletto Studio-5 electric bass. Highly recommended.
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