History of the 5 string?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Nomadic Herder, Mar 10, 2002.

  1. I was just wondering...since we all know about the first 4 string from 1951, what about the first 5 string? Who made it? What's the first recording with it? Why was it made? Etc...
  2. hujo


    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    If i remember correctly, Fender made the first 5-string.. It was strung with a high C, and only 15 frets, since you "didn't need" more, with the high string. Can't remember when it was made, late sixties maybe?
  3. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    I guess we're talking about solidbody electrics. I read in another forum that 5+ string URB's were made hundreds of years ago.
  4. Fender made a 6-string bass in the 60's. The Fender VI. It was tuned like a guitar but an octave lower.

    Here's a pic from:



    Here's a 6-string Violone ( like a double bass but part of the Viol famliy ) from the 17th century:


    There are more pics of Baroque era bass instruments with up to 7 strings at:


    - Dave
  5. Yes, we are talking about solidbody electric 5 string basses. :) Thanks for the other replies, anyway. That 6 string Fender...didn't Jack Bruce play one at one point?