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Schecter RIOT-5 5-String Electric Bass

Schecter RIOT-5 5-String Electric Bass

The Schecter RIOT-5 offers great range and tone. With EMG-40HZ active pickups and a solid Wenge top, the Schecter RIOT-5 was built to rock.

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(9)
Submitted April 17, 2011 by a customer from yahoo.com
"Schecter's Hidden Secret!"
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
I will probably use this bass for years to come. The perks that made me buy this bass are the woods used in the construction, body style that is unique, neck-thru design, string-thru bridge, solid built bridge with large saddles, action is nice and low, and has a great low growl to the sound that isn't muddy or dark. I would highly recommend this bass to anyone who likes the thin Ibanez or Yamaha TRB style of necks. This bass has a similar neck thickness but has that "solid" built feel. DO NOT confuse this for the Riot Deluxe!!!! This is the Flagship for Schecter and I feel this has a better feel than the Elite-5 and the Studio-5, both of which are great basses in and of themselves. I think this bass is an easily overlooked model that has great features you would find on basses that cost $1000-$2000, but for half the price. Don't let the price fool you into thinking this is a cheap bass that sounds cheap because it is far from the truth. If I lost this bass or someone stole it I would DEFINITELY buy it again! Although a personal preference, I did change out the EMG EQ for an Aguilar OBP-2.
Sound
The Riot-5 has great lows that aren't muddy. The maple-walnut neck-through design help keep the tone from getting too muddy by adding the upper mids. The mahogany wings add additional "body" to the sound and give it depth for the lows that I feel help round out the overall tone. It doesn't not sound like a Fender J or P Bass but you can get similar sounds with the upper mids and highs that you would want while playing slap or punk styles of music. Other basses that I have played will vibrate throughout the body and neck but this bass is solid as a rock and I have yet to find any "dead" spots on the neck.
Features
The Riot-5 came with the necessary Allen Wrenches and a instrument cable. The input jack has a nice stiff grab on the instrument cable jack and "locks" it in tight so you don't have to deal with a flimsy jack like on many other basses. The Neck-thru design is a feature that I like about this bass. It has a smooth contour at the transition to the body and the lower horn of the body allows you to reach the higher frets with ease. The bridge is solid and it allows you to either string-thru the body or end of the bridge. The bridge saddles are big and solid, which I think is an oversight on many other brands, and are easy to adjust. The Tuning machines are smooth to operate and I have yet to have any problems with them sliding out of tune. Many people complain about the EMG HZ pickups, but I have been getting impressive harmonics from this bass. Although they don't have that extra "zing" you get with active pickups, it still does the job when you wanna slap, pick, pop, or thumb the strings. The EQ is an Active EMG system as well. You DO have the option of moving two selector switches on the bass control that allow you to change the treble frequency. You will have to move them around (either up or down) and play with the settings to get the sound you like. This allows you to dial in the sound you want from your highs. The battery compartment is held in by screws and I wish it was secured by a thumb switch. This is a minor setback but not a deal breaker. It comes with a TUSQ nut and I have yet to have any problems with it. The stock GHS Boomers are good for about a week so order a new set of strings to have on hand when they go dead.
Ease of Use
You can adjust the EQ system from simply turning either the pickup selector, volume, bass, or treble knobs. You also have the option of adjusting the treble frequency by moving the two mini switches on the chipboard located on the bass knob.
Quality
The Riot-5 was ready to play straight out of the box. The action is nice and low without string-buzz. The finish is smooth with no imperfections in the stain or lacquer finish. I give this a 9 because of the dot-inlays. I think Schecter could have matched the rest of the quality of the bass by using Abalone instead of cheap looking plastic.
Value
This bass is a STEAL for the price they are asking. The build quality, woods, and finish are superb. If you don't like the EQ System or the Pickups on the bass you can always change them out....you can't change out the woods used or finish. The control cavity is easy to access from the rear. The wiring is actually organized and not just soldered and pushed inside the cavity. I have played on Fenders, Music Man, ESP, Yamaha, and Ibanez basses before and this is the best feeling bass I have played to date.
The Wow Factor
The headstock is perfect for this bass and is not gaudy like some other brands. The lower horn on the body is unique and sets the bass apart from you traditional looking basses. The color is consistent and there are no dark "splotches" throughout the bass. It is dark enough to highlight the dark walnut strips in the neck and various wood grains in the body. The high gloss finish sets off the beveled curves of the body and deepens the brown stain on this bass.
Musical Background:
Hobbyist, Active Musician
Musical Style:
Rock, Metal, Funk, Alternative
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Submitted January 24, 2011 by a customer from cableone.net
"Get one before they're gone!"
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
Everyone that has seen and heard my Riots have had nothing but good things to say about them. I think they're one of the hidden jems of the bass world. Get one while you still can!
Sound
I love the sound of the Riot bass. In fact, I love it so much that this is my second Riot bass...I also own a 2009 Riot-4 in dark brown wenge. I play a lot of contemporary worship music at my chrch(www.lifepointeaz.com) and this bass fits the bill perfectly. It can pump the deep notes for rock, pop off for R&B, yet sweetly sing those high notes when necessary. There's a lot of negative on the web about the EMG-HZ pickups and active 2-band EQ but I'm not convinced those nay-sayers have ever picked up a Riot, let alone played one. I'm able to get all the tone I need from this setup...good job Schecter!
Features
EMG-HZ pickups, D'Addario XL Nickel Wound strings, Schecter custom bridge with string through option (factory setup), and Graphtech nut. Good stuff, Maynard!
Ease of Use
It came with 5 strings...they all worked the first time I used 'em!!
Quality
BEAUTIFUL finish!! The cherry red gloss stain and black chrome are a sweet combination. I did have to tweak the setup as there was intonation issues out of the box but I also live at over 5000ft. so it's possible the neck was affected by the climate. Otherwise, it's a top notch quality product.
Value
Thanks to Zzounds.com the value-meter is off the charts. I don't know if I'm supposed to share what I paid for it or not so let me say this...where all other sites were asking over $800 for this ax, Zzounds delivered it for less than $500. But all that aside, this bass is worth every penny you pay for it.
Manufacturer Support
Haven't need to use it....
The Wow Factor
I bought it....what's that say?! The 2011 Schecter catalog doesn't have this model in it so I'm presuming they've removed it from their line-up...they only have the Riot Custom (lower model). Not sure why they decided to do that but I would recommend getting one of these before they can't be found any more.
Musical Background:
Active Musician, Worship Leader
Musical Style:
Contemporary Worship, Rock, R&B
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Submitted October 5, 2009 by a customer from gmail.com
"Floppy B string and NARROW spacing -- GREAT construction though"
Traben, Spector, and other top manufacturers are having their basses imported from Asia just like Schector. These basses ARE well designed and well constructed, with good components. Schector simply missed it with this bass, in my opinion, because the competitors are building basses with better components and better design. This bass, for me, is slightly above average for basses in this price point. When I was shopping for my 5-string bass, I played this Schector, along with the Schector Stiletto Custom, Traben Chaos Obsession, Ibanez SR505, Fender American 5-string American Jazz, Warwick Corvette Standard (ash body), and others. Out of all the listed basses, I liked the Traben Choas Obsession the best because it is comparable to this bass, but has 35" scale, 3-band EQ, wide string spacing, and a really innovative bridge design. The Traben was right for me, and I know it was because I played every 5-string bass that I could get my hands on to make sure that it was. All that said, this bass is a nice bass that simply fell short FOR ME. This bass may be perfect for you. Play it and find out.
Sound
You can't go wrong on tone with the construction of this bass: maple/walnut neck through mahogany body, EMG pups, active pre. Right off the bat, you have good tone. The neck is fast and easy to play. This bass sounds more expensive than it actually is.
Features
Well, a bass built in this fashion SHOULD feature a 35" scale, and this one does not. The 34" scale is fine for E-A-D-G, but the B is FLOPPY! There are some players that really like a loose B string, but I'm not one of those players. :) All due respect, I like my strings nice and tight from one end to the other for optimal string response. Also, the bass only has a two band active pre, and for a bass constructed as this one is, I would expect to see a 3-band. I was highly disappointed when I discovered this...
Ease of Use
NARROW STRING SPACING. I have big hands with long, chubby fingers. I play fingerstyle, and I need a little bit of room to dig in when I'm playing. I can see the narrower string spacing being great for pick players, or for people with small hands and skinny fingers. If you have large hands and fingers, though, you definitely want to play this bass BEFORE you buy it to make sure you can deal with the narrow spacing.
Quality
The construction and quality control seemed top notch. The natural matte finish did not show any mistakes in the manufacturing of this product. The bass is well balanced, and it sounds great.
Value
I would say the value is only average. Don't get me wrong, this is a nice bass, and it does sound good and play good. I'm rating value a "6" because of the disappointment of not having a few key elements that are typically desired with a bass built to this particular standard. There was only a 2-band EQ, not a 3-band with mid control. The string spacing is so narrow, the bass is practically unplayable for big guys like me. The 34" scale yields a floppy, flemsy low B, and that's no good for me. I like the bass, but I would not buy this bass because of these shortcomings.
Manufacturer Support
I've never contacted Schector, so I don't know.
The Wow Factor
read "Value"
Musical Background:
Session Studio and Live Performance Bassist
Musical Style:
Anything and Everything
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