PRS Gary Grainger 5-String Bass - Charcoal Burst

5-string Electric Bass with Mahogany Body, Figured Maple Top, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Charcoal Burst
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PRS Gary Grainger 5-String Bass - Charcoal Burst
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A PRS 5-string Bass!

Want a bass designed and created by PRS? The PRS Grainger 5-string Bass solidbody electric bass guitar gives you the thoughtful design and craftsmanship that only PRS can deliver. An evolution of the Private Stock Gary Grainger Bass, the PRS Grainger 5-string Bass uses premium tonewoods and electronics to create an extremely versatile and playable bass. The mahogany body, figured maple top, maple neck, and rosewood fretboard combine to give the bass a solid and toneful foundation. Custom pickups and tone-sculpting active electronics on the PRS Grainger 5-string Bass deliver the punch and tone needed for live and studio gigs.

PRS Grainger 5-string Bass Solidbody Electric Bass at a Glance:

  • Solid mahogany topped with maple looks and sounds amazing

  • Active electronics provide the power and tones you need
  • PRS V12 finish feels like nitro and protects like acrylic
Solid mahogany topped with maple looks and sounds amazing

To give the PRS Grainger 5-string Bass a rich yet balanced sound, PRS began by choosing the tried-and-true combination of mahogany topped with a gorgeous figured maple top. The PRS Grainger 5-string Bass's mahogany body gives you natural tonal warmth, which is offset perfectly by the brighter tone of its maple top. Together, these tonewoods give you an incredibly balanced sound.

Active electronics provide the power and tones you need

No matter what type of gig you have, the PRS Grainger 5-string Bass is ready for action. Two custom GG pickups deliver deep, thumping bass tones that every bass player wants. The built-in 3-band EQ lets you dial in the exact tones you need. Each pickup has a push/pull pot that controls volume and also functions as an active/passive switch. Feel confident that you are ready for any gig with the PRS Grainger 5-string Bass guitar.

PRS V12 finish feels like nitro and protects like acrylic

The PRS Grainger 5-string Bass is finished in a stunning PRS V12 finish. If you're seeking vintage vibe with a sophisticated edge, your search ends here. Over a decade in the making, the PRS V12 finish blends the thin, resonance-enhancing characteristics of a nitro finish with the non-cracking reliability you expect from a modern acrylic finish. It has a classic feel all its own that makes your axe feel like a well-worn instrument. One that will look flawless for years to come.

PRS Grainger 5-string Bass Solidbody Electric Bass Features:

  • A workhorse bass designed by PRS and Gary Grainger

  • Mahogany body with figured maple top delivers deep tones with punch
  • Active/passive pickups and electronics are ready for any gig
  • Shape your tones with an active 3-band EQ
  • Looks as good as it plays and sounds
  • Exclusive PRS V12 finish
  • Hardshell case included
Lay down the low-end groove with the PRS Grainger 5-string electric bass guitar.

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Tech Specs

Body Shape Doublecut
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 5
Color Charcoal Burst
Body Material Mahogany with carved figured maple top
Body Finish V12
Neck Material Maple, Set
Neck Shape Grainger 5-string
Nut Width 1.71875"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Birds
Number of Frets 24
Scale Length 34"
Bridge/Tailpiece PRS 5-string bass bridge
Tuners Bass tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup PRS GG Treble Humbucker
Bridge Pickup PRS GG Bass Humbucker
Controls 2 x volume, 1 x treble, 1 x mid, 1 x bass
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number G5M4F-M5IB5_CB_NG-GB

Customer Reviews

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A Beast to tame

I've purchased other basses with out first playing them and the bass was what I had expected, but not so with this bass! Aside from great workmanship and beautiful appearances, I was immediately surprised at the use of linear volume pots. Man, all you have to do is touch these and this bass is wide open. The various tones you can get out of this bass are unbelievable! I love the neck! So easy to play and hardly any stress in the fretting hand when playing in the first position. String spacing is perfect for me. Now I am comparing my other basses to my Grainger 5 and if they can't toe the line they are up for sale.

More than I expected

I very seldom purchase an instrument without playing it first. That said, there were no stores anywhere within 150 miles that carried PRS bass guitars. I've dealt with Sweetwater before and never had any issues so I though I'd give it a try. I worked with my Sales Engineer to spec out the perfect GG 5 String. It so far exceeded my expectations when I got it. It is great for pretty much every style I play, Jazz, Blues, Rock & Funk. Couldn't ask for a more beautiful and quality instrument. Just like all my PRS guitars before this, it sets the standards for workmanship and tone.

could not be happier

This instrument is just a pleasure to play. Electronically, sound, and Playability at the maximum. Could not be happier.
Music background: Have played for 40 yrs +

Absolutely Fabulous!

-Extreme playability-Endless tone shaping-Beautiful finish-Wayne D is the best!

Excellent, high quality 5 string bass.

I've only had a little over a week to play my new bass, but I can already tell you that this is a wonderful, versatile, high quality instrument. The attention to detail is obvious when you first pick one of these up. The setup was well done, with intonation and action perfect, and the finish is flawless. (I waited to buy this model until the Charcoal Burst was in stock.) The option of switching between active and passive on the pickups adds even more versatility than with an either/or Bass. You can literally get any sound you want from this instrument provided you spend the time to explore the possibilities the various settings offer. The only reason I don't rate it a five is that I believe I'll get a little better response with a different set of strings; however that remains to be seen. I'm an amateur musician and I don't gig very much anymore, but I do have the opportunity to play jam sessions with some excellent musicians from the New Orleans and surrounding area. I play all types of rock, (Zeppelin, SRV, Grateful Dead, Allmand Brothers, etc), blues and some bluegrass and progressive country (no pop country) and this bass is all I would ever need. This is my first PRS instrument, and if this one is representative of the quality they offer, I may own another in the future. Sweet water was wonderful, as usual, with personal service and prompt shipping. I highly recommend this instrument and Sweetwater.
Music background: Amateur. Guitar, Bass, Violin, Mandolin
See also: PRS, PRS 5-string Bass Guitars