6 Strings: Why did I wait so long?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by T.O.Bass, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. T.O.Bass

    T.O.Bass Guest

    I have seen the light, or in this case, the strings.

    I got my first 6 string bass, a custom Vadim, last saturday. While I expected playing a 6 to be different than a four, I still can't get over how different it really is. And when I say "different", I mean it in the best way possible. A whole new world of bass playing has been opened up to me, and in the few days since I got my new bass, I realize that I have a LOT of exploring to do. I honestly feel like I have discovered the bass guitar all over again. Not only that, but every time I pick it up, I get this feeling of "Ahhhh so THIS is what a bass was meant to do!" and it feels GOOD.

    Remember, back when you started playing, and you played, but still hadn't had THE moment? And then one day, BAM! suddenly you find the groove, your body and the bass are not just interacting but are uniting to form a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts? Remember that feeling? You thought "Yes! Now I get it! This is what it's all about!" And it's that ecstatic, euphoric, overwhelmingly delicious feeling that envelops your body and and the very core of your being and you know you have arrived.

    Well, it happened again. Moving to a 6 string has blown my mind. Hours fly by and my fingers caress the fretboard, coaxing new sounds and feeling forward. It's a second honeymoon with the bass guitar and I'm discovering a whole new way to make love to sound.

    Just had to get it out.

  2. buckminster

    buckminster Inactive

    Apr 29, 2006
    Sacramento, CA
    Just make sure to wipe it down after playing it...Don't want to ride her hard and put her away wet...
  3. Ed Goode

    Ed Goode Jersey to Georgia

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA

    That's really what it's all about when you move up into ERB range .... a whole new world of possibilities that absolutely change the way you approach bass playing. It's not just a simple matter of higher and lower strings, it should create a complete change in your technical approach and your mental approach. Lot's of guys who get into 6+ string playing never have that enlightened moment ..... ;) ..... and ultimately sell the bass and go back to a 4 or 5 ....

    As many times as I (and others) have tried to explain this "change", until you experience it you'll never know what the h*ll people are talking about. Now it's time to get yourself a 7 or 8 ..... :D Welcome to the club and get ready to be roundly mocked and disparaged by most of the TB community ..... :cool:
  4. T.O.Bass

    T.O.Bass Guest


    Agreed, it's not just a few extra notes, rather, it's a whole new realm of possibilities. And fear not, there's NO WAY I would go back permanently to 4 :D This is just too fun.

    LOL I thank you and hope to do this new instrument justice! As for the 7 or 8.... It's most definitely on my mind now.

  5. buckminster

    buckminster Inactive

    Apr 29, 2006
    Sacramento, CA
    Personally, I don't see myself having more than 6 strings. Having owned a 6 string, I really loved it. But I've always thought of 7+ strings as kind of excessive, mostly because closed position chords are virtually impossible across 7+ strings unless you tap or have monstrously large hands. I could see alternate tunings that could get you into extended ranges with 6 strings (EADGCF, BEADGC, etc.).
  6. T.O.Bass

    T.O.Bass Guest

    Interesting. I can see what you're saying, for sure, though I now see each different string setup as a fundamentally different instrument requiring different techniques and as such will result in a different stylistic approach as well. Heck, if it were up to me, I'd have one of everything, just to have the variety - 4 to 12 strings, fretted and fretless, single course and octaved...

    Then I look at my bank balance.
  7. Ed Goode

    Ed Goode Jersey to Georgia

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    How about some pics??
  8. T.O.Bass

    T.O.Bass Guest

    I believe I can handle that. :D

  9. fitbass3p


    Oct 7, 2006
    Madison, WI
    Damn, that guy you quoted in your sig had the right idea!!!
  10. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Isn't it great? I had the same kind of epiphany when I bought my first fretless, then again when I got my first six string. :) Congrats; enjoy!
  11. CatfishStudios

    CatfishStudios Guest

    Jul 6, 2008
    Portland Oregon
    Got my first sixer at this winter....I feel the same way...Its like I should have picked up six string bass first..it feels like MY instrument....Took me a while to get used to the string spacing, but the adjustment is happening quicker all the time...Have fun with that sixer, she makes mine jealous....(Ibanez SR506)
  12. lunker

    lunker Guest

    May 27, 2008
    The six does unleash a whole new world. I'm sure laying hands on that sexy bass is part of your new found inspiration too, though.
  13. T.O.Bass

    T.O.Bass Guest

    Exactly! It's like suddenly I have found what I've been looking for. All the string changes, the pedal tryouts, the amp tests, but THIS is the missing piece of the puzzle.
  14. Thunderthumbs73

    Thunderthumbs73 Supporting Member

    May 5, 2008
    I believe more people would have similar experiences as you did if they were to try it, and truly be open to it. Obviously, a six is not for everyone, but I believe there is a certain segment of players who would benefit from a six, and have the "epiphany" of sorts that you had.

    And while it's topical, if anyone is worried about hand size- don't. I have very small hands, and I did not find the width of a six-string bass intimidating at all. There are many sixes available today, and surely one has a fretboard which will be manageable for even the smallest hands.
  15. Ed Goode

    Ed Goode Jersey to Georgia

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Beautiful bass T.O.!!!

    I stopped being lazy and found your other thread with pics, the axe is gorgeous and I'm quite jealous ......


    Love the inlay ..... :cool:
  16. realbadgroove

    realbadgroove Guest

    Apr 12, 2008
    Congrats, nice bass man. I must warn you thought its addictive, first you get a six string then you get another and another and pretty soon you have 4 or 5 a few fretless and wind up ordering a 8 string. Whats next a 11 string bass, I sure hope so. :)=
  17. realbadgroove

    realbadgroove Guest

    Apr 12, 2008
    Also any bass player that makes fun of ERB is stupid just because you can hardly play four strings doesnt mean you need to hate on players that shred 6+ there is a place for everything.
  18. Jason Hollar

    Jason Hollar Jazz & Cocktails

    Apr 17, 2005
    Central Pa
    Wow -- what a killer bass!

    I've owned two 6'ers in the past -- first a Peavey TL-6 then a Pedulla Hexabuzz fretless. Loved the commanding range, just could never get used to that skinny C string!
  19. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Inactive Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    I can't afford anything that nice, but I too have been seriously considering a 6 string fretless... Get me that, a bass cajon (a drum box) and a looper and I'm a one-man freakin' band!

  20. Thunderthumbs73

    Thunderthumbs73 Supporting Member

    May 5, 2008
    Beautiful! I love it when a product has such craft and care invested in making it.