5-strings and scale length

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hamstrings, Jul 14, 2021.

  1. Hamstrings


    Jan 25, 2021
    I have started to become interested in 5-string basses. I started playing in December of 2019.

    Based on my research, one should really go for a multiscale instrument (to my understanding) for a brighter, more clear B-string. However, I have also read a lot of good feedback and comments about a few 5-string basses I've researched that aren't multiscale at all.

    One of those is a BB425 for $300 in my area, which I'm seriously considering looking at. So my question is, how necessary or important is a multiscale instrument for a proper B-string? I've read lots of good stuff about the BB425, but I'm wondering if I should wait to invest more into an MS Ibanez down the line. Thoughts?
  2. So basically the multi scale trend is so you can solo up the neck on the b and it have more clarity. However I think that I sound fine with my regular scale Warwick Corvette. I know in a song there's not much time you'll really spend on the b string up the neck like 10th 12th fret and so on but I like the tone and at the end of the day that's what matters. So importance wise I'd say not really. Having whatever bass you get feel good and play good and set up for you is the most important thing. Another thing is the strings make a difference. You'll want to try a different gauge b string until you get the right sound and tension. I've heard lots of great 5 and 6 string basses that are normal scale and not fanned fret or anything else. I'd definitely say keep digging around the forums and you'll find lots of information but mainly it's all a feel and a tone thing. Hopefully you get to try a multi scale and see if it fits how you play. Also try that bb425. They can definitely sound awesome in the right hands!
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2021
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