Five-stringer as second bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by WyrdoBass, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. I'm goin to be getting my second bass in the upcoming months and now for some reason I really want to get a five-string:confused:... It would be one of the cheaper models ($300 and under). For some reason I also want to string it to E-A-D-G-C... Is this a good idea or should I just stick with the four-string for now until I'm more experienced?:help:
  2. Dragonlord

    Dragonlord Rocks Around The Glocks

    Aug 30, 2000
    Greece, Europe
    Five-stringer as second bass, and as first too.
    If that's what you want, go ahead and do it. Don't worry about not being good enough, if you're good enough for four strings then you're good enough for five as well period. My second bass was also a five-string and I never looked back - actually, I wouldn't mind if my first one had been a fiver as well.
  3. Thunderthumbs73

    Thunderthumbs73 Supporting Member

    May 5, 2008
    Great idea. Lots of fun to have the extra string, the C. I would throw out a question (seeing if there is a consensus on this) of whether over the long term, stringing a 5-string E-C, as opposed to B-G will warp the neck/cause neck damage or not. I mention this as the ONLY bass I know which is intended to come specifically strung as built from E-C is the Citron (brand) bass that Steve Swallow uses. I expect that would be "safe" bet from Citron, but for other manufacturers, who knows? I don't. But I think it's an important question to ask.
  4. 95svtcobra


    Sep 20, 2007
    Windham, NH
    Go for it. There is great demand for 5-strings these days (much more than when I started 20 years ago).

    I have my G&L strung high-c also. Lots of guys are using the low-b, but I always loves the way double stops sounded in the upper register.

    You might have to have work done on the nut, but maybe not. Just get a good set up, since most 5 strings (IME) have been low B. Plus when you buys strings, don't just ask the GC guys for a 5-string set....

    Good luck.
  5. smogg


    Mar 27, 2007
    NPR, Florida
    I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
    It is probably an issue of correct nut depth. I'm betting that a nut cut to accommodate low B through G would be cut too deep for E to C. Easy fix, but something to consider.
  6. The nut issue hadn't even crossed my mind... (shows how useful this site is!:D)
    And Thunderthumbs47, I'd be using the correct gauges for each of the strings, I wouldn't ever try to tune a G-gauge string (0.04-something) to a C (partly because I'm a cellist of 2 years and cello strings are tempermental as hell- yes.:rolleyes: tempermental strings.) I would just buy a four string pack and a single "sixth" string..

    How would you handle the nut issue-regarding it being too low? (if one comes up...) I'm interested in luthierie as well so maybe DIY? or maybe too risky...
  7. funkybassplayer

    funkybassplayer Commercial User

    Sep 16, 2003
    Longview, TX
    Nordstrand Audio, Epifani
    I have been playing my 5er tuned EADGC for the past 13 years and have had no probelms with the neck warping or twisting or anything like that. I also still have the factory nut on the bass. i have thought about having a new one made out of different materials but there is nothing wrong with the playability of this nut.

    GO FOR IT!!! playing a cheaper 5er i was never able to get the string flop to stop when i had it tuned to a B but with the high C it has been a hell of a work horse for me.
  8. smogg


    Mar 27, 2007
    NPR, Florida
    I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
    Me personally? I would order a blank 5er nut and have it custom cut by my long trusted tech.
  9. coo'(l) coo'. Then I just gotta decide on my model and finish saving up the $$!
    (i like the peavey millenium 5'er and an Ibanez or squier afinnity. most likely I'll get the squier affinity j 5'er. You guys ever tried it/own it?
  10. bumpification
  11. smogg


    Mar 27, 2007
    NPR, Florida
    I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
  12. yeah I saw that- looks awesome. gotta save up the cash tho- i have little to no income (im 14 and w/ the friggin economy no places wanna hire summer help) only got $110 right now
  13. ErebusBass


    Feb 20, 2008
    Madison, WI
  14. Yeah, I've seen the essex basses and I'm not sure how much I really want one...
    I'd rather go with something that I can try out first.

    Any opinions on the Squier Affinity Jazz Bass V (five-string)
  15. CraigG


    Mar 14, 2006
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    I played 4 string for more than 30 years. Bought a 5 string and loved it. I don't know if the advantage of tuning higher outweighs the advantage of having the low "B", but having more strings can be a blast. I'm now up to 7 strings and feel I have found my "happy place." :bassist:
  16. Pako

    Pako Are we having fun yet?

    Jul 31, 2002
    USA, Montana
    I say go for it. I would think a Low-B would be more practical than a High-C, but to each his own. My only reason for this is you can only go so low with a E-C tuning, whereas with a Low-B, you can have those sweet walks up to your Low-E using the B-string. When you need that upper register, you can always go up the neck. Either way, there shouldn't be anything stopping you.

  17. yeah, I see your point... I might be using it for Jazz Band, so a high C would make for some fun improv... low B fun to walk with... ehh I can always try it both ways, and itll more than likely come strung B-G when I buy it so I can see how I like it.
  18. more bumpificationosity
  19. bassalo


    Jan 23, 2008
    Go for it. I've only been playing 6 months and I have a 4 and a 5. I feel like it's help me in my advancement playing both. You won't regret it.