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How many strings is too many?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dragzole, Dec 9, 2013.

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How many strings is too many for a bass?

Poll closed Dec 16, 2013.
  1. 5

    4 vote(s)
    33.3%
  2. 6

    3 vote(s)
    25.0%
  3. 7

    2 vote(s)
    16.7%
  4. 8

    1 vote(s)
    8.3%
  5. 9

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. 10

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. 11

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. 12

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. 13

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. 14

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  11. 15

    1 vote(s)
    8.3%
  12. You can never have too many strings!

    1 vote(s)
    8.3%
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  1. Dragzole

    Dragzole

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    For a bass
  2. wvbass

    wvbass

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    Sixty-one is where I draw the line.
  3. Phalex

    Phalex Yeah, I've got the moves like Jagger. Supporting Member

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    I only ever use the E and A string, so more than 2 is a waste.
  4. wild4oldcars

    wild4oldcars

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    one more than you can afford
  5. WoodyG3

    WoodyG3 Supporting Member

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    This, I suspect, will not end well.

    I play 4-stringers, but see no reason that anyone should limit the number of strings on their instrument.

    How many keys are too many for a piano? How many drums are too many for a set? How many slices is too much for a pizza. ;)
  6. CoarseBass

    CoarseBass

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    This will not end well.

    I voted 8, because that is my personal preference. I've got a 7, tuned B-C. Anything lower isn't fun (for me) to play because of the feel of the string, doesn't sound good (too me) because its so damn low and cabs are challenged by it; anything higher and we're talking about a string that is too narrow (for me) at normal bass scale lengths and too high (too me) to fit into my musical style, and because at 8 strings, it losses its practicality (for me) as a bass - too hard to just play regular lines at that point.

    That said, Jean Bauldin and his 11s are my hero(s), and Jaco only needed 4, but I suck compared to Jaco, so the 7 really helps me out.


    Why do people ask these questions?



    Also, my 7 has a rosewood fretboard which increases string tension and eliminates deadspots.
  7. smperry

    smperry Moderator Supporting Member

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    sorry, but I'm closing this. We all have preferences, but TB is for all bass players.
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