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never again will i play with a low b

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by suasa, Aug 4, 2004.

  1. okay i was down at the local shop playin some 5ers and likin it right so then i go down to a friends place later and bam there is a new ibanez gsr 5er on her wall. i was like where did u get this and pick it up start playin a couple licks and it wasnt right. there was high b like a guitar instead of a low b she did this because guitar is her main inturment and she just didnt know what to do with a low b so had anyone else done this and what do u all think of havin a high b i quite liked it and my 5er will defenitely have a high b instead of the low.
  2. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    might aswell put a high C instead of a High B. putting a high B is for guitarists who are used to guitars, just put a high C or a low B.
  3. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    Welcome to the ranks of the minority. Low B is much more popular, but some of us do like to go up instead of down. I have my 6 string tuned EADGCF.
  4. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    I've never played guitar, so a high B would just confuse me. I'd need that high string tuned to C for it to make sense for me. I have a low B on my fiver and more and more I'm thinking that I don't even like 5 strings - but that's just me...
  5. cosmodrome

    cosmodrome Registered User

    Apr 30, 2004
    ****town, Netherlands
    ever thought about the fact that you just get 4 extra low tones with a 5 str that you have to pay a ^*% load of money for?
  6. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    Ummmmmm, I think you missed the point of this discussion. We are discussing the difference between two different varieties of 5 string basses and not the difference between 4 and 5.

    BTW, 5 string basses generally cost about the same amount as a 4 string.
  7. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    never had a low b on my fiver ... had it strung EADGC , it just felt more natural to me , being a four stringer from way back ...although i do love the sound of low b { especially when it's used properly } , i couldn't get the feel from the 5 string that i did from my old Fender ...
    i don't think i've ever even heard of someone putting a high b on the bass .
    sorry if i strayed from the original question ...
  8. so no one ever put a high b on eh just the high c thats interesting the question is why not the high b?
  9. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    JT and a few other like to string 7 stringers BEADGBE, iirc.
  10. I tune all my 6ers BEADGB.
  11. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    5- b c c# d eb

    Anyway, you get lot more range, which is very useful.
  12. stu FORD

    stu FORD

    May 22, 2004
    yeah, it is 5 extra tones, but you also have that string to come down to when playing in the upper register so you dont have to move your hand down to get the lower notes
  13. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    I keep seeing IRC and IIRC in posts.. I,m sorry but that does it mean?


    Jun 1, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    if i recall correctly
  15. cgworkman


    May 14, 2004
    I'm surprised that everyone understood the original message :D
  16. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    As blisshead pointed out, it is five extra notes, not four. Plus, you can play in E without using an open string. And, you can play in D and Eb without playing way up the neck. Plus, you can play in F, F#, G and G# up higher on the neck, but in the same octave. And, you can always have two octaves worth of notes under your fingertips. Plus, you can play tenth and eleventh doublestops easily on the B+D and the E+G strings. And, you can play up higher on the neck, where the fret spacing is closer. 'Spider' technique at the first fret might let you reach five frets, if your hands are large enough. The same technique applied at the 6th - 10th frets can get you 7+ frets, if you have short fingers like me. Some of these guys with long fingers can probably stretch 8 or 9 frets up there. Plus, the E, F, F#, G, G#, etc sound different(fatter) on the B string than they do on the E string. Same note, but with two different tonal colours available.

    Nope. Not worth it at all.
  17. RyanHelms


    Sep 20, 2003
    Cleveland, OH
    Nope, not worth it a bit...

    With a high B you'ld add F, F#, G, G# at the high end of the fretboard, right? Go high C and get an extra whole step up ther.

    I guess the same could be said about being able to grab higher notes without changing postion...it's all up to which way you want to go.
  18. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    When you tune to high C, you're staying consistant with tuning in 4ths from string to string. Then, it's easier to play the same physical "patterns" that you would play on the lower strings over the C-string.
  19. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002

    Guitarists are nutters...high B and E? *shakes head*

    I think I'll be comfortable with a six, thank-ya-very-much. :D Best of both worlds!
  20. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Well, since you attempted to hijack the thread, I might as well go along for the ride. Yes, you do only get five semi-tones lower, but that's not the point. You can now play five frets higher on the board, where the frets are closer together. When you need a low note, it's right there. You don't need to go down by the nut where the watermelons grow.