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5 string or 6 string??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Basso Gruvitas, Oct 29, 2003.

  1. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    I disagree unless you are trying to work as a studio musician. Otherwise, you should have the instrument that speaks to you on a personal and spiritual level.
  2. j.s.basuki

    j.s.basuki Supporting Member

    May 14, 2000

    I absolutely agree with your statement, tho' I have high end 5 and 6 strings basses, but I always play my 4, considering the music
    I play and no body ask me to play 5 or 6.
  3. Or, I could just have a fretted 7 and a fretless 7, and play anything that you could play on 4 basses on my 2, and more. Just because the strings are there doesn't mean you need to use them. Good producers and show people won't care what happens if you have good tone, good time, and good groove.
  4. Basso Gruvitas

    Basso Gruvitas Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2000
    Dallas/Ft. Worth TX
    WOW this thread has gotten REALLY interesting!!

    Joe, that's another consideration I've been thinking about. When I first got a 5-string, it was a drag switch between a 5 and a 4 - couldn't get used to the drastic difference in string spacing. Would that be a big problem with a 6 and a fretless 5? It doesn't seem to be in the stores, but how about if I OWN the 5 and 6?

    I've bounced back and forth about the cost too. There's generally about a $200 difference between a 5 and a 6 - not a big deal. I figure it would be another $150-200 a year to afford packs with the added C string. Am I way off on that?

    GooseYard, I'm sure that was not me. I left Wisconsin in 1987. I only come to Milwaukee now to visit my mother in a nursing home. But that's one thing the MADISON campus can crank out is bassists with some real passion in their playing. That's Richard Davis' stamp! He pulls it out of you!
  5. Fretless5verfan


    Jan 17, 2002
    I switch back and forth between my 5 and 6 and at most it takes me playing a scale to used to the difference.

    When i switched i only had about a <$100 increase in string money. I switched to a more expensive brand that lasted longer.
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