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How many strings is too many?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dreamadream99, Oct 1, 2018.


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  2. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    One. If you're a drummer.
     
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  3. Nashrakh

    Nashrakh

    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    I'm more concerned about the pickup placement than the number of strings. Swap the positions and we're getting there, but they're a bit too far apart.

    I would totally play that, especially for a meat and potato type gig.
     
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  4. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Too many for who? :rollno:
     
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  5. SpazzTheBassist

    SpazzTheBassist

    Jun 20, 2006
    Here
    15-string-1-jpg.jpg

     
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  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I'd say 75 should be a total limit.
     
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  7. lz4005

    lz4005

    Oct 22, 2013
    Three.
    Oct15_PG_CLM__OnBass_Photo-1_Stig-Pedersen-Two-String_WEB.jpg
     
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  8. micguy

    micguy

    May 17, 2011
    I'm more conservative. Anything over 25, you're just showing off.
     
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  9. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Sorry, that looks like a carnival sideshow bass.
    Fat shaming isn’t very politically correct, but with a proper diet and exercise..
     
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  11. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    South Bend, Indiana
    That depends... for me?
    On a bass? 5/more is too many.
    On a guitar? 7/more is too many.
    On a banjo? 6/more is too many.
    On a mandolin" 9/more is too many.
    But, that's just me. If you need/want more strings... well, whatever floats yer boat...:whistle:
     
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  12. Basshappi

    Basshappi

    Feb 12, 2007
    Tucson,AZ
    Use as many strings as YOU need, and let everyone else do the same.
     
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  13. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    If YOU pick it up never play all the strings,then it's too many strings for YOU.
     
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  14. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    I'd say that when a string change approaches car payment territory in terms of price, you might have too many strings. But if you can afford it...
     
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  15. chris_b

    chris_b

    Jun 2, 2007
    I've seen bass players who couldn't cope with 4 strings!
     
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  16. Ellery

    Ellery

    Mar 25, 2015
    Can't tell you how many times I watch a six string player, and I am calculating how I could have played his lines with a four string.
     
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  17. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    If he's playing covers that were made with a four,it's understood that he's only going to use four strings.
    But if he's playing his own compositions I would think that he'd use all the strings.
    At least at some point.
     
  18. chris_b

    chris_b

    Jun 2, 2007
    I play songs with any combination of my 5 strings. Sometimes I use 2 sometimes all 5.

    IMO changing basses around depending on the song is an unnecessary and unwarranted distraction.
     
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  19. flojob

    flojob Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2011
    I watch cars drive by and calculate how I could get to all those same destinations by walking.
     
  20. interp

    interp

    Apr 14, 2005
    Garmisch, Germany
    Thirty three strings are too many. Thirty two is fine; thirty three are too many.
     
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