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4 String Versus 5 String

Sean Brown (713)

Bass Equipment Forum · 8/12/2003 6:10 PM
This is a debate between me and a friend of mine..I say 4 string he says 5...I would never play five string....it is only useful for really low metal crappy music...feedback please....
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Re: 4 String Versus 5 String

8/12/2003 6:19 PM

Josh Wow (8398) wrote:

I say you play whichever one you want. If you want to play a 4 string then go for it, if you want to play a 5,6,7,8,2 string then go right ahead. As far as 5 strings only being used for crappy metal music may I suggest you listen to some players that use a 5 string in punk, ska, jazz, fusion, reggae, rock, funk, country, hip hop, r&b, soul, gospel, and all the other genres of music with 5 string players (which is basically every genre of music there is~Josh

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Re: 4 String Versus 5 String

8/12/2003 6:36 PM

Timothy Lyons (5035) wrote:

Apples and oranges.

I started on four, made the switch to five for the added low end, then I'm primarilly playing four again, selling my five until I get a great deal on a Stingray 5. I love the low B, I'm just phasing out my Soundgears, they don't mix well with my effects. Singrays work well with my Big Muff, sound amazing. Yep, how it works with my Big Muff is very important to me. My five is going now. Anyway, with a Hipshot Xtender, I found that I seldom actually use below D on the B string, so I began working with drop D, but I'm looking to bring back some low stuff once I get my new bass. Enough rambling, they're two different monsters.

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Re: 4 String Versus 5 String

8/12/2003 6:54 PM

Stuart King (15281) wrote:

Im always gonna prefer 4, but when oyu get more experienced you will find that you will need/want a 5 for a song one day

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Re: 4 String Versus 5 String

8/12/2003 7:13 PM

Daniel Waters (3454) wrote:

I don't think one is better than the other. Sooner or later you will want to experiment with a 5-string. Something else you'll also notice is that "good" 5-stringers use the B string sparingly, to add emphasis.

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Re: 4 String Versus 5 String

8/12/2003 7:47 PM

Cliff Daniel (1772) wrote:

I just recently switched to a five. And I don't play "really low metal crappy music". Many of the contemporary "pop" songs we play in our band can't be played properly without a 5 string. I like being able to better reproduce the bass lines with it. I also like being able to play some songs without changing hand positions now. Still, getting used to the new string spcing has been challenging. YMMV



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Re: 4 String Versus 5 String

8/12/2003 8:34 PM

Jeffrey Welch (4515) wrote:

Cliff is absolutly correct, the 5 string is great for not having to go down and play next to the nut if you want to play an E....you just play it on the B string where you are. Another advantage is playing songs where the original artists tune down a half or whole step. You can play without having to detune your own bass to their tuning.
I remember before I got my first 5 string, I also said bad things about them because I felt that A. people who play 5 strings go for the "obvious" note rather than being creative and playing around the sub-scale limitations. B. It is to hard to play, what with the extra wide neck and all, an C. Why pay all that extra money for just an additional string?
Well, I am here to say that I am glad I was wrong on all accounts. I realized I was just making excuses because I had neither the cash nor the inclination to try something new and it was easier for me to put it down than it was to try and extend myself. The moment I got my first 5 string, that attitude changed and soon ALL of my 4 string basses were either sold or traded for 5 strings. Dont get me wrong, I am not implying that this is the prevailing attitude of anyone else here, I dont care what anybody plays as long as they enjoy themselves. I am just telling you how it was for me and how taking the leap from a 4 to a 5 has changed my playing habits.

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Re: 4 String Versus 5 String

8/12/2003 8:08 PM

William E. Thompson (4187) wrote:

Once owned a six, it was nice if you used it as a tool, didn't care much for the sound of that boomy .130 B-string. Found a set with a much more musical sounding .125 B. Found out I could do pretty much the same thing with my four and a Hipshot. The six moved on to a good home and I kept visitation rights. Sorry, never owned a five.

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Re: 4 String Versus 5 String

8/12/2003 8:52 PM

Ed LeFave (30214) wrote:

Play the bass YOU feel comfy with...
Uhmmmmmm...Stu Hamm plays a 4 string bass
:)
*wink*
Peace Ed

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Re: 4 String Versus 5 String

8/13/2003 2:06 AM

Andrew Jackson-Smith (2646) wrote:

I use 5 string for the R&B, Hip Hop, and Gospel gigs I do...not "crappy metal music." And I enjoy how the 5 makes me stretch in ability and reach!

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Re: 4 String Versus 5 String

8/13/2003 2:26 AM

Kasra Saboktakin (7772) wrote:

hmm
you know they are both good,but i must confessthat i like 4 string more!
you know i'm dramatically more comfortable with my 4 string especially for funky stuff and slapping. i can never play slap and pop as well as i do on my 4 string.
but 5 string has some low notes that are really useful even when you DOn't play metal.you gottawork it and see what happends.i love it.
kass

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