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5-string Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Cubeface, Apr 22, 2006.

  1. Cubeface


    Apr 9, 2006
    I'm quite new to bassing (started about two months ago), and am confused about 5 string basses.
    I have two questions about them: What is the 5th string compared to a 4 string bass (i.e. does it have one string lower or higher than a 4 string) ?
    And, how much wider is a 5 string bass' neck compared to a 4 string?

  2. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Most 5 string basses are set up with a low B string (one string lower), but some have a high C string instead. A 5 string bass's neck is a bit wider than a standard 4 string, but this depends on the string spacing of a particular bass as well. Some 5's have very narrow spacing (string to string), thus having a neck that is not much wider than a standard spaced 4 string bass.
  3. Cubeface


    Apr 9, 2006
    Yeah, I heard not to get a "string to string" 5-string bass, because it makes slaping much more difficult. He also said that wider spacing is called "fender spacing" (or something like that)

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