4 or 5?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SpankBass, Sep 9, 2001.

  1. I want to buy a new bass, but I'm not sure if I should get a 5 or stick with a 4. I've spent several hours playing 5s in my local music store but that extra string has so far proved to be useless and it gets in the way. I just want to know if any of you others that play mainly 5s had this prob when you got your first 5. Did you get used to it in a few months/weeks? Thanks for the help.

    PLEASE don't tell me to find something in a music store or whatever that suits my style or something like that. I'm looking for your complete biased opinion.
  2. i recently made the move frome 4 to6 strings and to tell you the truth i was lost for the first, oh i don't three minutes, the main problems i had was fretting a note and then plucking a completely different string and also the muting is a promblem but i've got to think it's easier to mute one extra than two. as for actually playing things on the other strings it only took me a day before i started coming up with different chord voicings and lines to play instead of just playing the same things i did on a four, so i say just go for you won't regret it.
  3. BassMan2000


    Sep 27, 2000
    yes getting used to 5-strings are easy. As for 5-string basses I'd go with a modulus quantum, or a spector czech model.
  4. agyeman

    agyeman Member

    Mar 6, 2001
    I would stick with a 4. You can always go to drop D tuning if needed.

    (I rekon in 15 years, I will be one of the few people still using a good old 4 string.)
  5. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    If you've been playing some 5's @ music stores & you don't like it, I feel there is no reason you should buy i=one. You play it for a while & wanna sell it soon.
  6. uve answered your own question. Ur say ur not gonna use the extra string, and u say its harder to play. DONT BOTHER WITH IT UNLESS UR GONNA USE IT!
  7. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    I know when I bought my 2nd bass i didn't think I really needed a 5 string. but I got one anyway... It took maybe half a day before I really got the hang of that low b on my bass. but I use it all the time now and I am very satisfied... :)
  8. istaticl


    Nov 29, 2000
    Prescott, AZ
    I find 5's uncomfortable also (prrobably cause im not used to it) but I would stick with four, like agyeman said you can always go drop D.
  9. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania

    Nah, I'll still be playing 4's. :)

    I don't even ever take my bass out of standard tuning...

    I've just become so adapt to my bass, when I think of something in my head, I think of it in standard tuning, and generally can just sit down and in a matter of a minute or so have if all worked out with which string and frets and all. :)
  10. Big daddy and Nino

    I was asking if it took people awhile to get used to it and when they did get used to it was it better for them. When I was playing the 5s at the store, I found the extra string to be useless probably because I know no songs on a 5.
  11. Way off topic

    -agyeman ur sig kicks ass.
  12. virtual.ray


    Oct 25, 2000
    I got my 1st 5 about three years ago,and yes,at 1st it felt kind of wierd,but after about a month I got into it and the funny thing is that now when I pick up a 4 it feels a little strange like the 5 did at 1st to me.
  13. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    that is what JT usually refers to as "Holding a crayon"

  14. agyeman

    agyeman Member

    Mar 6, 2001
    So does the A-team :D :)
  15. Yes, Yes they do.

    I've decided that my next bass is going to be a 5. I just got back from my friend's house and his dad just got a new 5. I gave that B a few spanks and I was in love. Now I just need to find one. I hear Spectors are good. Any suggestions?
  16. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    Another vote for the Modulus Quantum 5. That graphite neck rules, and such low action too!
  17. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    It takes a while. Sometimes when I'm in a mood to play my four string in my band & it takes a little getting used to. Like a rehearsal or 2 to really realize that there is no low "B". :)

    The biggest problem you'll probably have is you'll be hitting the "B" expecting it to be the "E". It could take a few days or a few weeks depending on how you adapt & how often you play. The way I play my 5's is like a 4 & if I need/want to play a lower B, C, D flat, D or E flat, they're there. :)
  18. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City

    Just try to play something you'd normally play on a four, but higher on the neck, using lower strings. Instead of playing F as 1st fret E string, try it at 6th fret B string and go from there.

    You should consider where you expect to play and what types of music you expect to play. I play primarily in church where a lot of stuff is written in E-flat and D-flat. Five strings is the way to go. Try this...100 & Rising by Incognito


    MY FIRST TAB!!! :eek:

    forgive me father for i have tabbed...:( :D


  19. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    HE was such a nice young man, too