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my 1st bass 4 or 5 string

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by teufelhunde, Nov 2, 2004.

  1. teufelhunde


    Oct 30, 2004
    Another question on buying my first bass , is one easier play than the other, I assume that the 4 strings is (but I no diddle squat) . The reason I ask is that I got motivated into playing by the way Les Claypool (Primus) plays and alot of the stuff he plays is 5 string and just dig his style. So my question is, is it a mistake for a beginner to start on a 5 string. I'm really eager to start but I don't want to make a boneheaded choice due to my lack of experiance.
    also I just like to say thanks to everyone at this forum for being so helpful
  2. Most people would probably say 4 but I gotta go with 5. I started on a 5 after playing both, and the 5 just felt better. Besides the fact that I needed a B to hang w/ my guitarists. I like having the B to rest my thumb on. The string spacing is also too wide for me on a 4. I'd say just play em all untill you find the one that feels right.
  3. Being a huge Primus fan myself, I've just recently upgraded to a 5 after about 6 months of playing bass.

    Sure, slapping is a little bit harder (have to 'learn' how to slap the E string (thickest string on a 4) without touching the B), but other than that it's basically the same.

    If you want to play Primus stuff, starting with a 4 is no big deal. To Defy the Laws of Tradition, Groundhog's Day, Too Many Puppies and alot of the other 'classics' are all on a 4 string.

    Just FYI, Claypool doesn't have a 5 string, but has fretted, and fretless 6 string basses.
  4. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Heck no! If you want to play 5-string, then start on 5-string. Good luck!
  5. Considering that Claypool uses a 1 string bass on some songs, I don't think anybody can really say what he owns or uses.