Digging the P-Bass but...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassnewbie, Aug 25, 2001.

  1. bassnewbie

    bassnewbie Guest

    Aug 20, 2001
    New Jersey
    Here's the deal. I'm looking to buy a new bass.
    I'm considering buying a Fender P-Bass. Looks geat, feels geat, sounds great.

    My concern is in this day and age, will 4 strings be enough?

    I would like to play in cover bands, but can imagine a 5 string may be needed here and there? I'm into all styles of music.

    What do you think, should I just forget about the land of the 4 string and get a 5?

    I'm pretty much looking to buy one bass that will do it all for me from stage to studio.

    I'm trying to avoid G.A.S. , because I'm currently an unemployed student. :)
  2. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    Well...it's all prefereance. You can drop tune to match some lower stuff. With a five you can eliminate it...oh, and as well: (just substitute 6 for 5 and it'll answer your question)


    There you go...well, sorta...it's a start...the 4 vs 5 debate rages on...:)
  3. lowman

    lowman Guest

    Apr 24, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia
    How can you have a 5 v 4 string debate? Cliche: is not the size, its what you do with it. Remember the Prez of the US? That dude had a TWO string bass that wasn't really a bass anyway, but was aprox 38 times more entertianing musically that any given number of 5/6/7 string de-tuned nu-metal bands.

    Translation: good playing is good playing regardless of what its played on (within reason of course). And crap is always crap, regardless of pricetag of equipment used.
  4. No band is going to give you the boot over the number of strings as long as you lay down the groove.

    If you were competing with another bassist of equal ability to yourself, the 5 might give you an edge, (worked for me!). But even if two bassists of equal ability are pitted against each other, stylistic differences almost always make one more desirable than the other.
  5. Gman

    Gman Guest

    Jan 4, 2000
    Indianapolis, IN
    I haven't had my 5 very long, but I can say that I've never been asked to play any song that couldn't be done on 4. I don't really think 5 strings are a must, just a convenience.

    BUT, if you have the itch for a 5, you might as well get it now.

  6. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    after i got into phat phunktion, i was told that if i didn't have a 5 string, i wouldn't have gotten in, because they write specifically for 5 string.

    i know I could play those songs on 4, but i'd have to take stuff up an octave in spots, and that's not what they want.


  7. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    I think JT should get into this post, it would be interesting to see him converting bassnewbie to a 7-string bass player. :D

    But anyway, get whichever one you like more. Not much help, I know.
  8. No one has say, Jaco only need 4 strings yet?
  9. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    But always remember, Jaco only needed 4 strings!
  10. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    These days, most professionals don't even consider a four-string to be a bass. So you can play anything on a 4-string. Well, I hope the music doesn't have too many low B's, C's and D's in it. Drop-D tuning? Oh, shut up. A five string is what y'alls need. Bite the bullet. Fender American Deluxe Precision 5. You will never touch a four-string again. Trust me on this.
  11. Zirc


    May 13, 2001
    Los Angeles
    If you aren't playing any punk, get a 5 string, I don't see how any 4 string could be better than a 5 (assuming they have the same sound, duh). A 5 just has an extra string for you to jump around on. The more strings the better.

    Now if you're playing punk, that's a totally different story.

    Also, you can't just have one bass to play shows, you always need a backup, it's easier that way. Personally, I have a 4 and a 5. I have the 4 to play punk and drop D stuff (playin drop D on a 5 doesn't feel right) and the 5 for playing heavier more melodic stuff where I use my fingers.
  12. FalsehoodBass

    FalsehoodBass Guest

    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    ditto on the american deluxe precision 5 that's a rad bass.. im currently torn between that and a stingray 5...
    but newbie.... If you're like me , and if you're even thinking about getting a 5 now, you'll only want it more as time progresses, and you'll end up kicking yourself for not buying it when you have a kickass 4 but no low B.

    I have one 4 string that i love, but the bass i play, and the bass i want are both 5's, i say go for it.
  13. agyeman

    agyeman Member

    Mar 6, 2001
    I will use a 4 4ever!!! ;) :D :p
  14. timp

    timp Guest

    Jul 19, 2000
    Get a Sting Ray 5 :D You'll love it, and having the low string comes in real handy unless you're real good ( I'm not ) with detuning.
  15. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I think you should get a 5 string. I have been playing 5's for a while now & I haven't played my 4's in a LONG TIME, & when I do, I feel like a dork because i expect there to be a low B string & mess everything all up. :p

    What to do w/my 4 stringers? :(

    P.S. If Jaco were alive today, he be playing a Conklin 8 string. How do I know? He told me. ;)

    P.S.S. What does "YMMV" mean?
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  16. Davidoc

    Davidoc Guest

    Sep 2, 2000
    Northern VA and JMU
    Consider where on the finger/fret board you prefer playing. Like playing higher, go for the 5. Like playing lower on it, then a 4 would better suit your needs.
  17. xHarperx

    xHarperx Guest

    May 8, 2001
    hey here's the deal dude, first of all fender makes bad basses trust me I was going to buy one and so I tried like 50 differnt ones p basses jazz bases customs, and p-sp/jazz combo's and u know what half of them had something wrong with them like a volume or a tone control wouldn't work or a pick up wouldn't pick up all the time. also I was going to buy a P bass but i wasn't in one band for long turn just in an out so I bought a cheep P /jazz bass that way I had flexablity but you know what I really wish I had bought and now am going to buy is a ernie ball music man thouse are the best basses ever they praticaly play them selfs! but yah that what I've found and my sugestions
  18. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    Your Mileage May Vary
  19. agyeman

    agyeman Member

    Mar 6, 2001
    What reality did this happen in? Fender aren't the greatest bass company out thier, but their quility control is much better than Ibanez, Washburn etc etc. If half of the basses you tried had something wrong with em, you must have been in some sort of bass guitar discount store were mucked up basses go.

  20. LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D