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Not ready for a 5er

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Torkk, Jan 15, 2014.


  1. Torkk

    Torkk

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    So, I picked up a Squire deluxe 5 active. Great sounding I love it, but Im no where near ready for a 5er. Im basically thinking that most if not all squire basses are great. What model would be give the same sound as the 5 active in a 4?
     
  2. FourBanger

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    Umm, the 4 string version of the same bass?
     
  3. Maxdusty

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  4. pedroims

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    Why you are not ready for a 5?
     
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  6. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    How could you be ready for a 4 and not a 5???
     
  7. lowfreqgeek

    lowfreqgeek Supporting Member

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    Why give up so easily?
     
  8. Hues

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    Don't give up.

    Or only use the B string as the world's longest thumb rest.
     
  9. Torkk

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    cause i suck
     
  10. wisconsindead

    wisconsindead Supporting Member

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    speaking from a 4 string players perspective the only drawback I can see is how it can obscure your fretboard vision to some degree. At least that happens when I play my friends 5 string. Either way I dont see having that extra string as any real obstruction or drawback. But stick with whats comfortable I guess.
     
  11. Maxdusty

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    Was playing a four string for like 30 years before I got my first 5 string- I'd have to say it wasn't an instant switch, but took a little bit of time to get used to it. Not much mind you, but had to remember the B string wasn't the E string. lol. Not hard though and now I use both 4 and 5 and have no problems switching back and forth between the two. That being said, finding the right 5 string I like took longer- floppy B strings, too wide of a neck, too narrow string spacing- just found the right one that's perfect for me. The Sterling Sub Ray 35.
     
  12. dudelove

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    come on there is long way to the top, keep pratice and move on
     
  13. Ponsonby_Britt

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    I switched to a 5 in 2001 and never looked back. I did a lot of visualization techniques before I started; remembering that the bottom four strings (on a 5er) are the same as a standard 4-string (unless you employ dis-conventional tuning). Didn't use the low B quite a lot but eventually learned to sneak it in like a thief in the night much more often.

    And I challenge you: if you say you "suck" now...you won't be any worse on a 5er.
     
  14. Maxdusty

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    lol... exactly what I did too.. would sneak in using the low B to wake people up.
     
  15. WashburnAB95

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    I just recently bought my bass. I had NO intention of buying a 5er. I just went to the store and tried every bass. My current 5 string was the bass I eneded up comparing all other basses to and then I fell in love with it.

    Every 5 string bass I played before felt very clunky. I felt like I was trying to make music with a giant log. For some reason my bass even though it is a 35" scale with a huge body is very easy for me to play.

    As to actually making use of the 5th string... that took awhile. I had to start relearning how I thought about the fretboard. Now though.... I feel very limited when I pick up 4 string.
     
  16. WashburnAB95

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    So the moral of the story is play what feels the best to you, I didn't want a 5er becuase I thought it wouldn't feel good but I was surprised.
     
  17. BioWeapon

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    Just because you have a low B doesn't mean you have to integrate it into your playing.
    Why ruin a good thing?
    You like the sound, just ignore the extra string. Use it as a thumb rest if it's in your way.

    I've only ever owned a five, and believe me I don't use it very much. The b string, that is.
     
  18. Ric5

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    You won't suck any more on a 5 than a 4.

    But here is some advice ... play the bass that you like.
     
  19. joe vegas

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    Why not use that great extra range?
    All basses should at least 5 strings. I vote for trying to incorporate it
    into your playing. Good luck!
     
  20. WashburnAB95

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    For me this is the biggest advantage... if you like to play your root notes on the low e string you now always have a lower 5th at your disposal. That is always handy.
     
  21. hrodbert696

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    Common sense, it's a killer, ain't it?
     

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