no. of strings

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by wotnwhy, Nov 28, 2001.

  1. I am considering buying a new bass, I have been playing for two years and use a 4 string yamaha (RBX 260). I havent come up with a budget yet (but nothing above 1000 pounds (about $1750 U.S) unless it's a deal of the century type thing) and now onto the problem.

    the band i'm in plays mostly punk and rock and one of my bandmates suggested getting a 5 or 6 string, so my questions are:

    1. are the extra strings higher or lower than the original 4?

    2. what are the advantages of extra stings?

    3. what are the disadvantages? (i tried out a 5 string in my local shop and I wasn't very good because i kept missing the strings due to the different spacing)

    4. do they cost a lot more and do you think it's worth it?

    thanx for any advice you can give :)
  2. a normal 4 string is strung EADG
    a 5 string is usually strung BEADG but can be EADGC (like mine)
    a 6 string is usually BEADGC, but again can have any different combinations (eg EADGCF)

    the advantage (in theory) is that u can be more versatile and have more notes at your disposal. the disadvantages are, like u mentioned, u gotta get used to those etc strings, and it takes a good player to use those strings with taste.

    to be honest with u, if your playing mostly punk and rock i can't see any need for you to have a 6 string, of course u may want to break the mould and add a chordal solo in a bad religion song :)

    i say either stick with a 4, or maybe experiment with a cheap(ish) 5 string, obviously strung BEADG.

  3. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
  4. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    Bob won the race.
  5. thanx for the help guys

    P.S where u from oysterman?
  6. :)

    aye, i did win th e race, but u got some better points

    i think team-work wins the day....

    oh yes, i can pile on the cheeseyness ;)

    gotta chip, chrsitmas shopping beckons
  7. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000

    <------ Lookee.