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Does a 4-string bass become obsolete after picking up a 5-string?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JustRoots, Jun 1, 2018.


  1. My Lakland 55-94 Deluxe is lighter than most 4 string basses I've owned. The body is swamp ash which is fairly light but has nice tonal attributes.
     
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  2. bassbenj

    bassbenj

    Aug 11, 2009
    I think he's talking about the weight of amps and cabs which I was complaining about rather than basses. I have noticed no problem with the weight of 5 string basses themselves. On the other hand I will note that both my 7 string basses are 12 pounds or nearly so and necks are hideously wide, but those kinds of basses are not the subject of this thread.
     
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  3. mesaplayer83

    mesaplayer83

    Jun 27, 2017
    Yeah, he was wrong about the amps/cabs weight, too - IMO, he's either trolling, or woefully ignorant of today's gear choices... My Streamliner 900 and Mesa D800 can put out 900 and 800 watts, respectively - and my pair of Subway 115 cabs handle a low B just fine at 37lbs each: Mesa Subway 115 Stack(1).JPG Mesa Subway Full Stack(2).JPG
     
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  4. GroovyBassist

    GroovyBassist

    Mar 17, 2016
    Austin, TX
    That is a matter of opinion and preference. Obviously ours are different. But that's OK. I play both 4's and 5's but tend to lean toward the 5's more due to the projects I'm involved with. Nonetheless, the OP was asking if 4's become obsolete after going to a 5. The answer to that question is no.
     
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  5. 7615

    7615

    Nov 19, 2015

    Do the math - that's an 80lb rig. Real light. Do the math. (37 lbs each.) So more than double the weight of top notch equipment out there.

    IMO you are both classically ignorant as well as being ignorant in the pejorative sense.
     
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  6. 7615

    7615

    Nov 19, 2015

    I tuned my bass BEAD last night and played it through the Mark II - not bad - and it didn't have proper strings - it might work for you - 35 lbs!!

    The GK MB115 has a 15 inch with a horn and I think the mark is a little warmer. Unfortunately the tweeter on the Mark can not be turned off whereas the horn in the GK can be turned off. Depending on the bass it can make quite a difference.
     
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  7. GroovyBassist

    GroovyBassist

    Mar 17, 2016
    Austin, TX
    Dude, I thought we already agreed to disagree. I like my five string. You like your four. Why are you trying to sell me on a four string. I have them, I play them but for my current situation Five strings is where it's at. So go D-tune, B-Tune or whatever you want to do with your four String. I'm happy with what I have.
     
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  8. 7615

    7615

    Nov 19, 2015
    I’m not trying to convert - you said you liked the Mark 2 and said you wanted a set up something like a Mark II

    I think you should go take your 5 string and check out a Mark - it might handle it. They are very warm sounding amps . And weigh less than 40 lbs.
     
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  9. GroovyBassist

    GroovyBassist

    Mar 17, 2016
    Austin, TX
    I think you are confusing me with somebody else. I never said that. I use a Trace Elliot rig.
     
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  10. lol....ok
     
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  11. Some of these threads are interesting. We all have a common thread...we are bass players. I never say, "I'm a 5 string bass player. I never in the past said "I play the 4 string bass". I doubt anyone is that specific unless you are writing your bio and listing the gear you use. What's cooler? Whatever you think cooler is...and nobody else.
     
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  12. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    I don't know about "obsolete", but... I've heard - from people I trust - that every time somebody picks up a 5-string bass, a 4-string bass vanishes forever. Which is why it's a personal point of honor to never, ever touch a 5-string bass....:whistle:
     
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  13. GonePlaid

    GonePlaid "It needs a bridge cover" Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2016
    Southeast FL
    "That's funny, I don't care who you are!"
     
  14. cassanova

    cassanova

    Sep 4, 2000
    Florida
    Too true. I only own 5 strings, and had to cover a few tunes from Queensryche's "Operation Mindcrime." I Don't Believe in Love, was one of them. I wound up drop tuning instead of playing the D on the B string. Got laughed at by some of my friends for it, but it was just easier to play that way. A couple of them found that out too when they tried to play it on the B string instead of drop tuning. lol
     
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