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How Many are Too Many?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bucephylus, Jan 17, 2006.

  1. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 18, 2002
    General Manager TecPadz LLC
    ...strings on a bass, that is.

    Seeing the 11 string Benevente in another thread got me to wondering at what point we should just get a big strap and sling up a Steinway. Sheesh. I think I'll order up a 28 string bass!

    Don't get me wrong, I'm all for new things, and play a sixer from as my regular these days.
  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    For me, too many strings is seven. Although I rarely play chords, I have used the high C on six strings to mimic rythmn guitar single note part alot. I always can use a low B. I just don't see me going higher or lower.
  3. g00eY


    Sep 17, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    depends what you play. 5 is just right for me, giving me that extra low B. i don't ever play past what the G string can offer me :)eek: i just said G string).

  4. klharper

    klharper Supporting Member

    Oct 16, 2005
    Nashville, TN

    Haha, but honestly, I never really picture myself using more than 4 - or at least needing more than 4. I can see the uses for a low B, but I don't think its for me. Anything below a low B seems just silly too me - the B is low enough (too low for my tastes) to the point where anything below it becomes more of a percussive bass feel - which is what a kick drum is for. A high C seems like a cool novelty for me, especially for chords and what not, or a high melody, but nothing I'd need (I'd play a tenor 5 before a standard 5). I see the conveinces of a 6 for tapping. Other than that, I just have to ask - why?
  5. Too many = Not Enough + 2
  6. WHY WHY WHY!!!!!!!
  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    5 is the right amount for me, although I love my sixers too. But some guys need 9, 10, 11, or even 12 individual strings to express themselves. Whatever floats yer boat!
  8. Kael


    Dec 26, 2004
    Oklahoma City
    Too many strings is like porn. I can't define it, but I'll know it when I see it.
  9. tomfouts


    Jan 4, 2006
    Boston, MA
    it all depends.....i would rather have a 6 string with all the higher strings lets say on an 11 string. I think all those really low strings on an 11 string serve now purpose unless your making experimental music with weird sounds...

    but in the end its all just a matter of personal preference
  10. Not to be snarky, but why do we keep coming back to this? Too many strings comes when the instrument isn't usable by the person who owns it, or at least not fully usable. Ihavne't found a 6-string completely useful, so I consider that too many strings for me at this point. I'm assuming that the Hideous Claw is going to be used to its full potential, so 11 is not too many strings in that case.

    Bottom line: it depends on the player. Now please, quit asking, I've read 4 of this thread since I logged on half an hour ago.
  11. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    that is the BEST response to this tired topic I've yet to read!
  12. FenderHotRod


    Sep 1, 2004
    Do gui*arist make threads asking about playing 7 strings or more? When I played that six string thingy that was it. When I started playing bass it's all 4,5,6 ect....Sometimes it gets brutal how one bass player looks at another bass player just because of how many strings he/she plays. Why?

    Does it really matter??

    *been woundering this for a while and this seems like a good place to ask it instead of starting another thread.
    carry on.:D
  13. 9 billion.

    no really though i only play fours right now but was maybe thinking or getting a 5 or 6. i personally couldnt see going over a 6 (at least right now) but i think that 7+ strings are really cool and if they can make, why not get them, more sounds, strings, notes, tones, why not??
  14. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    For me personally, five is too many. But in general, I don't think there's such a thing as 'too many'. Just whatever works for you.
  15. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    Wonder if Potter Stewart knew that bass players talking about a trivial matter would be paraphrasing him. ;)
  16. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 18, 2002
    General Manager TecPadz LLC
    I'm sorry guys, I know this has been covered; but that was for like 7 or 8 strings where we were all going wow - but it seemed approachable. I think when I saw the 11 string bass, I just started wondering where it might end; and the Steinway thing seemed like the logical conclusion. I didn't mean to prompt a 4 vs. 5 vs. whatever works thread; and I was only half serious about the thread.

    Stop laughing.;)
  17. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 18, 2002
    General Manager TecPadz LLC
    I mean check out the image in Mark Wilson's Post #17 in the thread: Most folks here talk about the "sexiness" of a bass, so...

    It's a white semi-acoustic Benevente. It just got me wondering whether ANYTHING is over the top.
  18. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

  19. +1. Five for me is just right. (For now...). When I had 4, then 5 was too many. Now that I've become a 5-string player, 6 is too many. Sometime in the future, maybe I'll explore the next level, and then the level after that...

    Point is; too many is all relative to the player. The answer's going to be different most of the time.
  20. D.A.R.K.

    D.A.R.K. Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2003
    how about this: if you've bought a bass and never use one or more of the strings, then that's how many are too many (for you).:smug: