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Are you a 5 string or 4 string player?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SteffanB, Aug 22, 2019.

  1. SteffanB


    Oct 15, 2018
    I'm sure I'm not the only one that said " Good day!" To the 5 string bass. Had one for aboot a year. Just never really got into it. And the style of I play, never really needed it. Anyone else saying goodbye to the 5 string?
  2. lowdownthump


    Jul 17, 2004
    Nope !! Just the opposite . I need a 5 for what I do. I miss the low B when I don’t have one.

    4’s are nice for old school fun.
    I don’t currently have a 4 . But it’s always good to have one around .
  3. cratz2


    Jul 8, 2019
    I've had one for about 10 years, longer than I've had other any single bass.

    Perhaps if I played with a group that played in Eb or Bb more often, I'd find a 5-string more useful.
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  4. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    Never said hello!
    gozbass, artlor, dmt and 17 others like this.
  5. Will_White


    Jul 1, 2011
    Salem, OR
    I play 9, 5, 4, 3, 2 string basses it just depends on what I'm looking for, I also have 4s tuned BEAD.
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2019
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  6. I have one but rarely play it, as Drop-D on a four string usually gets me what I need.

    It is nice to have that B string available though.
  7. walking Bass

    walking Bass Supporting Member

    May 24, 2005
    Northern California
    Bought a beautiful 5 string in 1992 and have never really liked it. All my 4 strings get use and the low B isn't worth the width and weight.
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  8. thabassmon


    Sep 26, 2013
    New Zealand
    Opposite here too. Started on four, got a five, kept playing four left five sitting for a while, played 5 for a bit, got rid of low B added high C, mainly played 5 for the next decade and a half, got 6 playing that the most.

    5 was so unfamiliar but once I got over that and changed the range to fit me, smooth sailing.
    6 was easy to get around on pretty much straight away. Not anywhere close to the step up from 4 - 5
    Maybe I'll get a 7 just not sure whether to have a Low B (my 6 is EADGCF) or high Bb.
    But if you get all you want from 4 then great.
  9. ShortyGetLow


    Aug 6, 2019
    Huh? They make more than 4 string ones?
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2019
  10. Nightman

    Nightman If it ain't low, it's got to go! Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    5'er all the way!!!
  11. Bass Man Dan

    Bass Man Dan Endorsing Artist: Ned Flanders' Bass-a-Reeno Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2017
    I switched to five exclusively last year due to a BL that likes to change keys around frequently. When you get called to play "Livin' on a prayer" in B, you better have a 5 string!
  12. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Pittsburgh PA USA
    I always keep a five string around, but I play four strings 99% of the time.
  13. onda'bass

    onda'bass Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2010
    Buffalo Ny
    5 all the way, no changing at this time of the game.
  14. j0616bass

    j0616bass Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2009
    Indianapolis, IN
    I always figured I'd better master the 4 string before getting into 5. Still working on that. ;)
    Manuel Bass, Broke, Edarnott and 20 others like this.
  15. Lance Bunyon

    Lance Bunyon

    Jul 17, 2018
    All 5s. I can do everything a 4 string player can +5 notes.
    I can play in Eb with ease.
    I can play "I got you" in low D.

    I can piss off purists with it's very look, and confound garage guitarists who were counting on watching my fingers since they don't know the notes on the low B.
  16. SJan3


    Dec 8, 2010
    'Ol Skool here. Gimme a P and a J 4 and I'm at home.
    jazzalta77, gozbass, dmt and 13 others like this.
  17. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Both. For me, 6 was too many, 3 was too few.
  18. 5's because I like having to pay more for a set of strings...
  19. Rezdog

    Rezdog Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    T.Rez, Canada
    Greetings from the North,

    Mainly fivers but lately I've been playing my 4003S quite a bit.

  20. ugly_bassplayer

    ugly_bassplayer Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Gave up after losing 1838484828_838274+48 rounds against many 5ers
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