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Is it just me?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Snakeman1066, Dec 12, 2018.

  1. Or do any of the rest of you think that 5 string versions of iconic classic shaped basses (Read that to mean "P" bass and "J" style basses) look...well just odd?

    I sort of liken it to seeing a classic sports car with Day-Glo paint, or an attractive swimsuit or lingerie model with "Man Hands"

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  2. N4860


    Mar 28, 2017
    Maybe a bit with 5 string P basses, but not jazzes. I feel like 5 string jazz basses have to be one of the most popular 5 string designs.
  3. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Cali Intergalctic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon slow downer software- full 4 hour demo
    One string for me, the G string.:laugh:
  4. G-Z

    G-Z My other account is a Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2018
    It's usually "pic or it didn't happen" but I think it would be best to skip that rule in this case...
  5. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I'm biased, I grew up with one of these, maybe the oddest 5er ever ...Leo leading the pack as usual
  6. mmon77

    mmon77 Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2008
    Southern MN
    No. I think they look better.

    Of course, I'm a unrepentant 5 string player.
  7. biguglyman


    Jul 27, 2017
    Rochester, NY
    The "P" fiver does look a little strange to me as the bass side pickup is bigger. My first 5 (Carvin) has the J style pickups. I think these look a little more "normal" because they are one piece and therefore symmetrical.
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  8. I like the original Bass V; I like the Squier Pro-tone Five. I do not play either because the necks are uncomfortably wide. I can score with four but fives give me hives.

    I'm not a Jazz guy, period.
  9. P maybe, J no, SR never.
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  10. vvvmmm


    Dec 6, 2016

    Because whenever I see, "Is it just me?" ya gotta figure, well who else would it be?
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  11. nilorius


    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    Maybe kind of this:
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  12. ejaggers

    ejaggers Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2009
    Fort Worth, tx
    5 String P bass?........What's next, a 5 Beatle Bass?


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  13. BurtMacklinFBI

    BurtMacklinFBI Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2018
    A little bit, yeah. I don’t find them ugly really, just a little odd. I think it’s because we see them in 4 string form so often, even before most of us played,that the image of the 4-banger P or J is kind of etched into our brains in a way that other designs aren’t.
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  14. gebass6

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

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    If all you ever look at is 4 string Fender P's and J's.
    There have been more than enough of other basses in existence long enough to get used to something other than just 4 string Fender P's and J's
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2018
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  15. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    They look odd with any number of strings, in my book. But as usual, just depends on the execution. Some 5'ers look really well integrated, some don't. On P Basses the pickup split can be kind of wonky IMO.
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  16. Hambone70

    Hambone70 Supporting Member

    Jan 31, 2018
    Tucson, AZ
  17. nbsipics

    nbsipics It's the Bass that makes them Dance Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    Steve Baily is still using his Fender 6. Looks odd, sounds pretty darn good :)
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  18. Heavy Blue

    Heavy Blue

    Nov 11, 2017
    Prairie Canada
    I'd love a 5-string Precision but other than Sire I simply cannot find a left handed one for less than a grand.

    Anyone know of any for less than C$1K?
    TolerancEJ likes this.
  19. solderfumes


    Mar 16, 2016
    Username checks out
  20. Eminor3rd

    Eminor3rd BLAAAAARRGGHH!!

    Feb 10, 2008
    P basses for sure -- specifically because of how weird the pickup looks when one piece is bigger than the other.

    J Basses though, they look fine.
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