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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by MNbassist, Dec 20, 2006.

  1. Im questioning myself, i dont know if I want to make my next bass a 4 or 5 string, its definitely gonna be fretless, I dont own any 5 strings, but i like the low b....any opinions?
  2. fish man

    fish man

    Nov 14, 2005
    Ontario, Canada
    I like 4.
  3. Go with the 5.
    reason being Why not?
  4. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    if you don't have a 5, try a 5....it may open up new worlds to you...expand your chops both in playing and building
  5. manbass


    May 20, 2004
    Tampa Bay
    The low B will do that to a guy.....If you dont own a 5, buy one with a return option (MF/SAMASH) and try it for a month. Its a free rental period.

    Thats what I did years back and all my 4's are unplayed art sculptures now...seriously. I have no need/want for a 4 since then.
  6. I don't like the spacing on most fives. Eventually I'm planning on building a full-spaced five.
  7. Bryan316

    Bryan316 Banned

    Dec 20, 2006
    Wait... which extreme? Are they too wide apart, or are they too close together?

    I've found that I love basses where the string spacing is only around 1/2" to 5/8" apart, around 2-1/2" from 1st to 5th. Cuz that close together, I can move quite quickly. If you want to keep the far-apart spacing equal to that of a regular 4-string bass, they exist as well at around 3" from 1st to 5th. I'd definitely recommend spending an afternoon noodling on every 5-stringer you can find. Find one with narrow spacing and with wide spacing. That also makes a difference in how wide the neck is built to match the string spacing.

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