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5-string to start on?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Piobaire, Jan 19, 2003.

  1. Piobaire


    Jan 8, 2003
    I have a mate who has just started to play bass. He has the opportunity to get a 5-string at a good deal.

    Would anyone recommend starting on a 4-string or does it matter? Does starting on a 5-string matter since that's what you would be 'getting used to'?
  2. IMO, it does not matter. I have a friend who only ever played 5's, he just cannot play a 4, so yes, its what you get used to.
  3. but just for the hell of it...whats the 5 string? and whats the deal?
  4. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    Starting on a 5 is fine, I have never owned a 4 and i learned on 5's. I can play a 4 fine if need be though..mentally subtracting the top string ain't hard (for some people). He should keep the 5!