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4-string Vs 5/6-string?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ollielangfan, Nov 19, 2005.


  1. ollielangfan

    ollielangfan

    Apr 3, 2005
    Nampa, ID
    I have a 4-string yamaha bass and im getting pretty good so I wanna upgrade a little and I was wondering how much of a differents it makes to have more strings? I mean wouldn't it be harder to reach when your fret board is wider?
     
  2. Ostinato

    Ostinato Guest

    Feb 7, 2005
    Toronto ON
    How do you define "getting pretty good"? What music do you listen to? Who are your heroes? Buy one if you are passionate about playing music that will put it to good use.
     
  3. ollielangfan

    ollielangfan

    Apr 3, 2005
    Nampa, ID
    Music: Chilli peppers, steve miller, SOAD, metallica, G&R
    Heros: Flea, Barry Sparks
     
  4. Ostinato

    Ostinato Guest

    Feb 7, 2005
    Toronto ON
    Yamaha BB300 is a great bass. I would keep it and spend the money on some lessons, or a more powerful amp, or both. Trust me, when you get a real bass amp instead of that little practice box you're using now, you'll wanna keep the bass and you'll wanna play a whole lot more ;)

    BTW, A five has it's specific uses for rock 'n' roll, but you won't be using it nearly as much as you think you will. Keep the dough and get a big amp.
     
  5. A five string really shouldnt take do long to get used to, yes it wider but most people can pick it up rather quickly, I did, the low B isnt really usefull for all situations but its there so you have it and its nice not having to drop tune all the time :)
     
  6. I personally love my low-b string (and high C string) to death and use them quite a bit. It's up to you to go out and play some GOOD fives and see if they speak to you.

    I didn't think i'd be using my low b much, and then i used it more than i thought i would. There's no rule. And they're welcome in much more than rock n' roll.
     
  7. I like fives and use the low B more than I thought I would. Not so much for the three lower notes you get but to play further up the neck to get a tighter sound while still playing a lower octave. I would also vote to get a good amp first if money is tight. You have a good bass you did not say what amp. But bass is as much on what comes out that end as what gos in.
     
  8. Phalanx

    Phalanx

    Apr 4, 2005
    there are lots of good amps
     
  9. ollielangfan

    ollielangfan

    Apr 3, 2005
    Nampa, ID
    What about a Fender rumble 100 combo? 300 bucks that looks pretty nice.
     
  10. ollielangfan

    ollielangfan

    Apr 3, 2005
    Nampa, ID
    whats really nice but cheaper?
     
  11. I'm pleased with my Behringer BX1200
     
  12. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005
    while im sure getting used to it wouldnt be too hard, but if you dont have a reason for that extra string then you should avoid it. just one more than you need.

    EA Iamp 800 through a berg 610 is a decent amp. Oh wait...
     
  13. I play a thru A Peavey TNT 115 with a back up Peavey TKO 80. Unless you are playing a big place or out side I like the sound of the TKO over the bigger amp. And you can find both between 100 & 250 dollars used. But there are lots of amps out there. Just make sure it is for a bass what ever you buy.