First post. some questions about six string

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Blackcatbones, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. Blackcatbones


    Jan 6, 2013
    Years ago I got my first bass. I was REALLY attached too it for about a year but then I lost interest. I found five string bass too restrictive. I am looking for bass that can be played like a standard guitar for variety. I saw a six string the other day playing the sound I have been looking for. I was wondering if six string bass has the same finger and note poaitions as a guitar and how close to lead guitar style can a person play on a six bass? Thanks!
  2. pauliebass

    pauliebass Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2008
    Lexington, KY
    A 6 is tuned in all 4ths. A guitar has a 3rd between the 4th and 5th strings, so the Fingerings will be different. You could tune it like that if you want I guess.
  3. MelodicExp


    Aug 17, 2011
    a 6 string is tuned to standard B- BEADGC. but playing lead licks has more to do with skill then how many strings you have, look up victor wooten. he plays a 4 string most of the time but he can make it sing man. good luck
  4. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks. Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2011
    Camarillo, CA
    There are 6 string basses tuned like a guitar, usually called a bass VI. The majority of modern 6'ers, however are tuned in 4th's. And +1 to skill being your only limitation. Play what you want to play, but don't assume you need a certain type of bass to be able to do that. Just practice! :) BTW, I own an Ibanez 6'er and I love it.
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    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    What you are looking for is a baritone style 6 string bass.
    It is basically a big guitar tuned one octave lower.
    Common models are:
    Danelectro 6 string bass
    Fender VI
    MusicMan Silhouette
  7. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks. Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2011
    Camarillo, CA
    schecter makes a model (or used to make one) as well, I believe called the Hellcat.
  8. You could also string a sixer piccolo- in fact, w/the variety of string gauges available nowadays, there's almost no limit.