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Not ready for a 5er

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Torkk, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. Torkk


    Jan 16, 2010
    So, I picked up a Squire deluxe 5 active. Great sounding I love it, but Im no where near ready for a 5er. Im basically thinking that most if not all squire basses are great. What model would be give the same sound as the 5 active in a 4?
  2. FourBanger


    Sep 2, 2012
    SE Como
    Umm, the 4 string version of the same bass?
  3. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
  4. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    Why you are not ready for a 5?
  5. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    How could you be ready for a 4 and not a 5???
  6. lowfreqgeek


    Mar 15, 2010
    Albuquerque, NM
    Endorsing Artist: Regenerate Guitar Works, Honey Badger Pickups, Westone Audio
    Why give up so easily?
  7. Hues


    Nov 27, 2012
    see Burn Notice
    Don't give up.

    Or only use the B string as the world's longest thumb rest.
  8. Torkk


    Jan 16, 2010
    cause i suck
  9. speaking from a 4 string players perspective the only drawback I can see is how it can obscure your fretboard vision to some degree. At least that happens when I play my friends 5 string. Either way I dont see having that extra string as any real obstruction or drawback. But stick with whats comfortable I guess.
  10. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    Was playing a four string for like 30 years before I got my first 5 string- I'd have to say it wasn't an instant switch, but took a little bit of time to get used to it. Not much mind you, but had to remember the B string wasn't the E string. lol. Not hard though and now I use both 4 and 5 and have no problems switching back and forth between the two. That being said, finding the right 5 string I like took longer- floppy B strings, too wide of a neck, too narrow string spacing- just found the right one that's perfect for me. The Sterling Sub Ray 35.
  11. dudelove


    Apr 16, 2010
    Greenland, Nuuk
    come on there is long way to the top, keep pratice and move on
  12. Ponsonby Britt

    Ponsonby Britt You don't rock a Thunderbird, it rocks you. Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2013
    I switched to a 5 in 2001 and never looked back. I did a lot of visualization techniques before I started; remembering that the bottom four strings (on a 5er) are the same as a standard 4-string (unless you employ dis-conventional tuning). Didn't use the low B quite a lot but eventually learned to sneak it in like a thief in the night much more often.

    And I challenge you: if you say you "suck" now...you won't be any worse on a 5er.
  13. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    lol... exactly what I did too.. would sneak in using the low B to wake people up.
  14. WashburnAB95


    Nov 18, 2013
    I just recently bought my bass. I had NO intention of buying a 5er. I just went to the store and tried every bass. My current 5 string was the bass I eneded up comparing all other basses to and then I fell in love with it.

    Every 5 string bass I played before felt very clunky. I felt like I was trying to make music with a giant log. For some reason my bass even though it is a 35" scale with a huge body is very easy for me to play.

    As to actually making use of the 5th string... that took awhile. I had to start relearning how I thought about the fretboard. Now though.... I feel very limited when I pick up 4 string.
  15. WashburnAB95


    Nov 18, 2013
    So the moral of the story is play what feels the best to you, I didn't want a 5er becuase I thought it wouldn't feel good but I was surprised.
  16. Just because you have a low B doesn't mean you have to integrate it into your playing.
    Why ruin a good thing?
    You like the sound, just ignore the extra string. Use it as a thumb rest if it's in your way.

    I've only ever owned a five, and believe me I don't use it very much. The b string, that is.
  17. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    You won't suck any more on a 5 than a 4.

    But here is some advice ... play the bass that you like.
  18. joe vegas

    joe vegas Supporting Member

    Why not use that great extra range?
    All basses should at least 5 strings. I vote for trying to incorporate it
    into your playing. Good luck!
  19. WashburnAB95


    Nov 18, 2013
    For me this is the biggest advantage... if you like to play your root notes on the low e string you now always have a lower 5th at your disposal. That is always handy.
  20. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Common sense, it's a killer, ain't it?