Is having 5+ strings really worth it?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by metalhead398, Feb 22, 2014.


  1. metalhead398

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    ...as compared to the typical 4 string bass. Mostly for reasons of cost, playability, etc. I was thinking about getting a 6'er until I realized that I would almost never use the extra strings. So what are your thoughts?
  2. LagBox

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    If anything, it means you'll have to move up and down the neck less because of more alternate positions.
  3. ryco

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    I have one fiver and like it for the lower notes - mostly for metal and hard rock.
    All my others are 4 bangers. Would like a MTD fretless fiver.

    I have no desire for a sixer.
  4. metalhead398

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    Fair enough. But in my current situation, I could easily afford a certain 4 string, the 5er is way more expensive, and I can't get my hands on a 6er in person. I'm thinking that I'll probably just go with a 4.
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  6. rstellar13

    rstellar13 Sarcastic Panda

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    Just got a five string but with a High C much more melodic and simpler.
  7. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

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    I personally really like the additional positions that 5ers provide, and the fact that they let me avoid retuning when my guitarists go to drop-D. I don't think I'd get as much use out of the additional high notes of a sixer (and it would probably confuse the Hell out of my guitar playing).
  8. edpal

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    The 5 strings are a good deal, but they will gouge you on that + one.

    But seriously, just use the search function, this has to be in the top 5 topics here for debate.
  9. BurningSkies

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  10. Bocete

    Bocete My E string is 36 1/4" long Supporting Member

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    The low B string on a fiver is not in your way, unlike a 6er. Assuming standard tunings. You got a nice thumb rest for the right hand and the left hand will not even touch the extra string. Also, even if you don't need any notes below E it's sometimes easier to use the B string from the 5th fret and up.

    Cost is basically the same. Playability is the same assuming you get a 19mm or 20mm string spacing fiver, and some people prefer narrower string spacing (even on 4 strings).

    But if the fiver costs more than what you're willing to pay, well you just answered your question. I cannot see how this can be the case though, they cost pretty much the same.

    I always wanted a 5er, played a 4 string for years until I could get a nice 5er, now have 2 5ers and wouldn't have it any other way.
  11. AaronVonRock

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    For me, no. I don't like 5-strings. For others, yes. They are very popular.
  12. metalhead398

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    Yeah, I tried, but couldn't find a thread devoted to the subject, thought I'd make one.
  13. spz8

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    After playing 6 strings for years, it's a struggle to go back to even a 5 string, especially under 24 frets. A 4 string is simply out of the question now. When I first started, the B string was a novelty, and the high C string almost never saw any use, but once I started incorporating it more and more into my playing (especially chord work), the extended range became a necessity.
  14. 5StringBlues

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    5 shall be the number of strings and the number of strings shall be 5.




    6 is right out!
  15. UserName9000

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    I'm new here and new to bass. The search function has kept me from needing to post a lot of threads. There's a thread for almost everything here!
  16. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum. Supporting Member

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    Speaking as someone who jumped from 4 to 6 a few months ago: Yes.

    That said, I would go back to a 5 if the band I was playing in called for it. 4 only if a drop-tuning is heavily involved, as that's much easier than always moving to the 3rd fret on the low B.
  17. davidhilton

    davidhilton Supporting Member

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    5string!
  18. BassChuck

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    If you need it and can use it, then its worth it.
  19. spz8

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    If it's a busy or complex line with an open string (ex.: drop D), I'd just drop the E of the 6 string.
  20. malthumb

    malthumb Supporting Member

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    Absolutely
  21. zortation

    zortation Supporting Member

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    Just take a look at the classifieds and see how many guys came to that realization AFTER they bought the bass....

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