So, a bass player can't play above the 5th fret,,

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by pappabass, Mar 25, 2017.

  1. pappabass

    pappabass Inactive

    May 19, 2006
    Alabama !! Roll Tide
    So, a bass player can't play past the 5th fret,,tell this dude,,,, 7188b80db22fd00d820fada5b11bf185.jpg
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2017
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  2. Wait. Is "above"closer to the headstock or the bridge.:headphone:

    So if you don't use the whole neck, why not just use a shortie?:rolleyes:
  3. pappabass

    pappabass Inactive

    May 19, 2006
    Alabama !! Roll Tide
    Past the 5th fret !!
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  4. Bodeanly


    Mar 20, 2015
    I believe the saying is that there's no money there. It's not that a bassist isn't allowed to use those frets; it simply means that we won't get paid for any notes beyond the 5th.
    Jimmy4string, bassbully, tbz and 4 others like this.
  5. Which direction past?:help:
  6. I must be on the wrong side then. Nobody's paid me. :rolleyes:
  7. It's just one of those dumb false expressions like "the tone is all in the fingers".
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  8. It is? which ones, cause that ain't workin' to well for me either. :unsure:
  9. hondo4life


    Feb 29, 2016
    I was just playing and my fingers didn't make any tones. The tone wood of my bass did, though.
  10. My fingers only make tone if I hit them with a hammer.
    Kinda sounds like a cat screeching when you step on his tail.
    Different hammers produce different tones.

    Be a boss name for an amp wouldn't it? Use hammer and tone in the name?
    Maybe it could have a Screech control?
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  11. There is no "all" in the quote, though. "The tone is in the fingers" is just saying that you can get a variety of different sounds by switching up your muting or plucking technique, or depending on where you pluck the string. Which every bassist should know by now.
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  12. InhumanResource

    InhumanResource Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2012
    Bucks County, PA
    It is in the fingers. Any bass I play always just sounds like me plus whatever thar bass in particular does.
  13. jazzyvee


    Aug 11, 2012
    United Kingdom
    No danger of going above the 5th with this, though I can't see anyone making much money gigging with it either. :)
  14. Oh...that guy..

    You don't believe anything he says do you?
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  15. BooDoggie

    BooDoggie Typical Dumb-ass with a degree

    Mar 29, 2014
    Would this apply only to the fifth fret of a 4 string's G or the fifth fret of a 7 string's highest string? (Which I do not know.) There is a lot of real estate between the two...
  16. gumtown


    May 7, 2007
    New Zealand
    Yes it certainly is, mine talk to me all the time
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  17. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I'm trying to think of a song that doesn't go past the 5th fret, and can't think of one.

    Even Money - Pink Floyd goes past that during the solos.
  18. BassFishingInAmerica


    Jul 24, 2014
    It hurts my pinkie, just looking at this picture. My left hand don't wanna do this no more.
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  19. I was soloing around the 17th fret of my bass at last nights rehearsal.

    Then I realised everyone else was in E.

    P bass needs more frets.
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  20. tpaul

    tpaul Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2011
    The Tele guys all say that tone is in the underpants.
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