For me, it's always about increasing my knowledge base(bass). It does matter how many strings, I want to know as much about the bass as I can. And I want to know as much about music as I can. And I let the 2 things work together.
By the way,...
A 24 fret 6 string bass has 150 notes on but only a range of 50 notes.
A 24 fret 4 string bass has 100 notes. But it has a range of 40 notes.
So the 6 string I described above actually only has 10 more notes than the 4 string that I talked about. And 5 of the notes are lower than the lowest note on the 4 string and the other 5 are higher. So it's not really an advantage in the range of notes.
The 'advantage', if you want to call it that, is the options that you get with multiple positions.
The 2nd fret on the C string is a D(146 Hz). The 7th fret of the G string is a D(146 Hz). The 12th fret of the D string is a D(146 Hz). The 17th fret of the A string is a D(146 Hz). The 22nd fret of the E string is a D(146 Hz).
You can only find that frequency 1 time on the piano.
Bass is about options. Piano is about range. And an extended range bass even offers more options.
So I think the advantage that you have with the 6 string is to exploit those options. Sounds exciting to me.
But that's even more options than I want.
Do yourself a favor, learn all 150 of the notes. Learn as much about that bass as you can.
Just don't forget that you're a bass player first(I guess). So many bass players with a high C string play baritone guitar parts and not good bass. It's gotten to the point that I twinge a little when I see a high C string, especially if there's not a low B string on the bass.
Last edited by Ant Wellington : 10-17-2013 at 12:34 PM.