I don't like the sound of the B string

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by marcusbrown, Oct 2, 2022.

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  1. marcusbrown


    Oct 2, 2022
    I love the 4 string bass, I was playing bass long before the 5 and 6 string bass came out.

    I've never liked the sound of the B string.

    Every B string I've heard sound muddy.

    One day I was talking to Marcus Miller, and he said the same thing.
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  2. Cadillac_Mike


    Jul 3, 2021
    I'm not that good but I honestly don't get how in 99% of songs you'll be moving around enough to justify the extra strings unless you're playing fast jazz fusion or something lol....
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  3. marcusbrown


    Oct 2, 2022
    I see a lot of bass players playing the 5 string bass and they don't even use it.

    I think people are just following the crowd and buying 5 string basses because they see other people buying them.
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  4. pepj


    Mar 25, 2021
    If the B string doesnt sound very good, then maybe the bass isnt build well enough or set up.
    I have 6 5st and all the B strings sound good and you can slap on all of them and they have defined sounds.

    So, Bass first. Amp next. Then look at technique.
    The days of buying 5 str blind and being quite fraught because the B might be flubby are largely gone, ime.
    I've bought 5 'blind' and only sold 1 and that wasn't about the B. It was a Sire.
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  5. El Spearo

    El Spearo

    Jun 12, 2012
    Wellington, NZ
    I am 100% pro choice, and support your decision not to play 5ers. Let the rest of us that want to play 5ers do as we please. It does not affect you at all...
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  6. AuBassMan

    AuBassMan Supporting Member

    Oct 17, 2011
    Central Virginia
  7. xroads


    Nov 6, 2012
    If you don't like the sound of a B-string, don't use it.
    My goal with 5-stringers is to improve my technique
    and the setup of the bass so that the transition between
    say a E on the E-string and a D on the B-string sounds
    pretty much seamless. It can be done...
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  8. Aloe


    Apr 10, 2016
    hi and welcome to TalkBass! not sure, what advice are you looking for, if you're playing bass since 60s and prefer 4 strings, I think, that's it and you don't need my advice.

    I love the 4-string basses, but sometimes want a low Eb, D or C, that's why I have a fiver, it's that simple.
  9. Quality bass, good setup, good amp rig, and technique. I'd agree it sounds bad when it's done wrong. It's not impossible to get great sounds if you do your homework. It's far from impossible if I have done it a few times.
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  10. ModuMan

    ModuMan How many is too many? Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2007
    Bristol, CT #19
    I suppose there's some truth to that... I wanted a 5-string bass after I heard someone else playing one.
  11. Snert


    Oct 3, 2021
    I use mine all the time. It's much nicer playing across the neck than along it even for songs that were written for a standard tuned 4 string. Plus it makes transposing on the fly a doddle.

    Rubbish. I was using a 5 when they weren't common at all. And all I really play now are 5s and 6s.

    We'll see if you turn out to be just trolling.
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  12. RichterScale


    Feb 21, 2021
    A lot of times when people are intimidated or envious of something, they will feign dislike for it.
    Embrace your curiosity. Touch the B string. Go on, touch it. You know you want to.
    Order one online and ask them to deliver it in plain brown wrapping. Play it in a closet with a headphone amp when no one is around, so your friends don't find out.
  13. Snert


    Oct 3, 2021
    ^^ I LOL'd.
  14. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    In before the lock.
  15. gebass6

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

    I've never understood why some ask the the question "Do I need a five or six string bass"?
    Don't they know what their musical goals are?
    Does the music drop below E?
    Do they have a vision that goes beyond what you are doing now?
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  16. RichterScale


    Feb 21, 2021
    Kick that closet door open and yell it. Yell it for all the world to hear,...
  17. It didn't seem to stop him putting his name on a bunch of basses to sell though, huh.

    I could perhaps understand if he was just referring to his Fenders, I've often found Fender basses don't have a great low B.
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  18. p12bassnut

    p12bassnut Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2009
    I primarily play in church and use the B string a lot.
    The modern christian praise music lends itself to self expression and the low notes make good impact when desired.
    Also, I prefer the feel of a wider neck of the 5. I have long fingers, it just works better for me.
  19. Snert


    Oct 3, 2021
    Not to mention the 6s. Quelle horreur!

    I actually like the M series basses.
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  20. :roflmao: hilarious
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