5 strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Hexanity, Oct 27, 2001.

  1. Hexanity

    Hexanity Guest

    I was wondering if u have a 4 string bass, is it possible to put the extra B string on and move all the strings down 1 and take the G off the bottom.

    Is that possible and does it work?
  2. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck Guest

    Sep 26, 2000
    It should work. Some basses are even sold that way, like the Schecter (sp?) Scorpion. One thing you might have to consider is that the grooves in the nut might not be the right size for the larger strings, in which case you can have a repair person file them to the correct width and depth.
  3. Hexanity

    Hexanity Guest


    I dont think my bass would be able to handle it though.
  4. oo0o00o0oo

    oo0o00o0oo Guest

    Apr 30, 2000
    You might have problems with the extra tension of the B also.
  5. Hexanity

    Hexanity Guest

    i thought the B string was really loose
  6. Depends on the bass. I have a 34" scale fiver and the B is not loose at all.

    But the floppy B may be one of the problems you run into ith your idea - the bass is not designed for a B (headstock tilt angle, among other considerations).

    Another problem you may enounter is string vibration causing intonation or sustain weirdness because the nuts aren't cut for the typical diameters of those strings, nor are the bridge saddles.

    You're also going to be putting more stress on your neck, so don't be surprised if a major adjustment is needed.
  7. Hexanity

    Hexanity Guest

    ahhh ok

    thank you all

    I'm flat broke and cant really afford a set of 5 strings anyway.
  8. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Aaaahhh, yes ... the ol' "floppy B string." An urban legend.