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Cant decide what to do- new bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bentem, Jun 23, 2003.

  1. bentem


    Oct 18, 2002
    Rockville, MD
    Ok, i know this thread has been done before, and i think i've even done something similar, but im really stuck.

    At first i wanted a 5- string, but now im pretty surew i want a 4. So, as a result, i have sat at Guitar Center for literaly hours playing all the different basses in the $400-600 range.

    Most of the basses i thought i would like, i did, but there were a lot that were not what i suspected. I wanted dsomething that is different from my fender, not totally different, like different color, different pickups, shape, etc. Basically i had no idea wehat i wanted.

    Some ones i liked were, Conklin GT-4, SRX-400(?),geddy lee jazz, Sting Sig P, carvin, I also really liked the warwick thumb NT 4, and the MM stingray and sterling, but there out of my price range.

    So, I have narrowed it down to a couple. Conklin Groove Tools 4, or a carvin, or something similar.

    Then theres still the issuea t the back of my mind of whether i want a 5 string.

    Any Suggestions, comments, advice, wisdom would be greatly appreaciated.
  2. mgood


    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    For years I resisted the idea of getting a five string. I didn't feel the need for those lower notes. And I didn't feel that changing my right-hand technique to accomadate the fifth string would be worth whatever minor advantage I would see from the extra string.

    But a few years ago, I stumbled upon the idea that with five strings, I could play more notes without having to jump around on the neck as much. From that point of view, I reasoned, the five was actually easier than the four rather than harder.

    Finally, earlier this year, I got my first fiver. I love it. But once in a while I get out my four, which I'm still more comfortable with, and I think, "damn, this is fun." It seems easier to go a bit faster on the four, maybe because of the smaller neck, or maybe because I've spent a lot more time on it. The four string neck is starting to feel a bit dinky, but it's still fun.
  3. Ben Mishler

    Ben Mishler

    Jan 22, 2003
    San Jose
    That is how I felt when I got my six. It is easier to play a wider range of notes w/less hand motion, but I when I get on my four it really feels more comfortable to me. I play the six more, but I still love both.
  4. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    If your asking Conklin or Carvin, Conklin s**** all over Carvin IMO

    As for the debate between 4 or 5, dont worry. If you feel you need to use the low notes, get one. But if your 100% sure you will never need the low B, dont go for it. IMO it never hurts to have the low B, and i personally like to have it to fall back on (thumb rest ect)

    Hope that helps!

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