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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
    Beta Tester: Source Audio
    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 Staff Member 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