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Dilemma on which one to keep....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Santraginus, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. Edit: It all boils down to one question - what, in your opinion, is more important (regarding practical use): Having a fiver, or having a P?

    I'm committed to not keep more than three basses at a time.... One is on order, and consequentely, one has to go.

    Not much of a problem. But I have

    Sadowsky 5-Sting J
    Sadowsky 4 string P/J
    Yamaha 4-string fretless (self made epoxy fingerboard, and my first bass)

    On order is a Sadowsky 4-string J.

    So I am contemplating wether I'll let go the Sadowsky 5, and take the Hipshot Detuner route for lower notes.

    The other option is to sell the P/J, and to rely on J's only.

    Selling the fretless is the least attractive, since it has much emotional value to me...

    And the 4-stringed Jazz on order is meant to stay, since I don't want to be without a 4-string Jazz......

    So: Would you let go the fiver or the P/J 4?
  2. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    I would let go of that corny rule. Seriously!
    Unless you can't keep a roof over your head, keep them all.
  3. Yep, some might consider it silly..... But since I am a rather mediocre player, I think that it would be better to concentrate on fewer instruments. It's also that I like the idea of having fewer things and using them more.
  4. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    I tend to agree.
  5. Yerf Dog

    Yerf Dog

    Jun 29, 2009
    Carol Stream, IL
    Well which one to you use the least?
  6. In my attempt to decide, I use both equally, to find out. But they're both really really good basses..... Nice problem, right?
  7. This.

    +If you could only have one, which bass would you keep?
  8. Herrick


    Jul 21, 2010
    Munchkin Land
    If you absolutely need that low B, then sell the 4-string PJ. It has been said that you can get close enough to a P-bass tone with a Jazz bass.
  9. robertusf

    robertusf Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2007
    Keep the fiver
  10. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Another vote for this. Self-imposed rules like the one cited are silly and meaningless, and you should be ready to change or abandon them whenever a good reason comes along.
  11. steamthief


    Jan 25, 2006
    Mentone Beach
    Sell them both and get a 5-string P/J. Win-win!
  12. Why choose? Get a 5-string P and your problem is solved.
  13. autodidact


    Mar 13, 2011
    Lancaster, PA
    Is that something about your Sadowsky 5 you don't like? Just my .02 but if youre comfortable playing a 5 string jazz, a 4 string of the same brand and model seems a little redundant unless its dramtically different sound wise. However, I do understand the GAS.
  14. Thanks for your answer.

    Nope, there's nothing I don't like about the Sadowsky 5. It's that old story of the feel of a 4-string. I like playing the 5, but I feel much more at home on the 4, the way it makes playing easier.
  15. Actually, that is what I am contemplating about quite a lot... Thanks!
  16. True, as far as I don't claim it to be a rule that I am bound to.

    But not true as far as I think that to *me*, it makes sense to reduce the amount of things, objects, instruments around me to a number that I think is appropriate for: me.
    What better rule can exist than a self-imposed one?

    Of course: IMHO, and by no means an offense against your opinion.
  17. autodidact


    Mar 13, 2011
    Lancaster, PA
    How often do you use the low B? I used to only want 5 strings but once I switcched back to 4s I realized I didn't miss the B at all.

    Also, a Jazz can get you CLOSE to a P sound but nothing can do it besides a real P. The jazz sound can be reproduced much more easily, ESPECIALLY with a p/j set up. Just food for thought
  18. Thanks again. I think I read this, in a sense, as one more argument towards: sell the P/J and the J 5, and get a P/J 5.....
  19. autodidact


    Mar 13, 2011
    Lancaster, PA
    Yeah I'd go that route if you're willing to put in the extra effort haha

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