Info on les paul 5 string basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gingerfish, Oct 9, 2004.


  1. I recently saw a guy playing a les paul 5 string and was curious if anyone had any info on them or had ever played/owned one and would give an opinion on them. thanks.
     
  2. Whafrodamus

    Whafrodamus

    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    I heard they were big. Yes.
     
  3. Smallequestrian

    Smallequestrian Rock and/or Roll Supporting Member

    Jul 6, 2004
    Chicago, IL
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    there is a used one at a guitar center by me. I played with it a little bit. Biggest problem was the string spacing. It feels like they threw a fifth string on a four string neck,. this particular bas had bad strings on it, so I am going attribute most of the muddiness to the strings, but I am not sure that it can all be blamed on the strings.
     
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Narrow string spacing, and very neck heavy on a strap.
     
  5. Had one (LP Special 5 string) for a couple of years. I like tight string spacing, so that part was fine. Some people could consider the neck to be "chunky" but it was OK for me.


    Pros:
    Looked good
    Good tone, even on low B
    Good sustain
    Thunderbird pickups, Bart preamp

    Cons:
    Heavy
    Unbalanced (neck dive galore)
    Battery in electronics cavity--had to unscrew 4 screws and take plate off to change the battery
    Not a lot of tonal variety
    A tad noisy