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What Kind of Bass Guitar do you Play (Re-loaded)? BE SURE TO REVOTE!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by john turner, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. 4-string fretted

  2. 4-string fretless

  3. 5-string fretted

  4. 5-string fretless

  5. 6-string fretted

  6. 6-string fretless

  7. 7-string fretted

  8. 7-string fretless

  9. 8-string fretted (non-doubled)

  10. 8-string fretless (non-doubled)

  11. 9-string fretted

  12. 9-string fretless

  13. 10-string fretted (non-doubled)

  14. 10-string fretless (non-doubled)

  15. 11-string fretted

  16. 11-string fretless

  17. 2x and 3x course fretted (8,10,12+ (2x 4,5,6+ string) and 12,15,18+ (3x 4,5,6+ string))

  18. 2x and 3x course fretless (8,10,12+ (2x 4,5,6+ string) and 12,15,18+ (3x 4,5,6+ string))

  19. unlisted fretted/fretless (please elaborate in thread)

  20. doubleneck 7-string fretted/7-string fretless

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. sr900guy


    Nov 30, 2017
    I mostly own 4s but almost exclusively only play my 5er nowadays as the band I play with require super low end.

    My next purchase will probably be a 6 so I can get a bit extra high end too.

    The beauty of my band is we have only 1 guitarist who isn’t interested in taking on another. That gives me a lot more “up front” room to play around with.
    gebass6 likes this.
  2. White Funk

    White Funk

    Nov 25, 2018
    Is there really any downside to playing a five string other than the extra weight? I'm a little biased since I prefer a five string, so take that into account!
    gebass6 likes this.
  3. I play 4 string fretted basses but I did buy an inexpensive fretless Yamaha back in the 90's. To be honest, I couldn't get it together. My intonation sucked if I didn't constantly look at the neck. I ended up selling it.

    Home Made Amp_1.jpg
  4. blu-snafu


    Apr 4, 2013
    String spacing and neck width is about it. A little less room on strings usually, but it works fine for me. I play a 4 str Muckelroy that is spectacular, a 5 str Carvin SB5000 also incredible, and occasionally a 6 str Carvin fretless. I enjoy running my 5 with E - C for a more detailed upper register. That's just me though!
  5. bertbassplayer

    bertbassplayer Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
    It is kind of amusing to look at this thread and the one previous to it and see where I voted as much as 17 years ago.
  6. CajunBassPlayer


    Jul 6, 2017
    Baton Rouge, La
    I am new to the bass game... Playing steadily for only 2 years after +30 years of guitar. Naturally went to a P Bass right out the box. Never looked back.
    Robert Aucoin
    Jaymo likes this.
  7. LJM61


    Dec 21, 2018

    Recently re-joined after many years away from playing and just had my passion rekindled by my 14 yr old son who is fast becoming an ace impresario guitarist who bugged me to jam with him because we live in a remote rural farm community that doesn't have a Heavy Death Metal following out here(Gojira, Slipknot, Ghost, Feared, Haunted, Witcher, And Progressive Metal of Dream Theater, Devin Townsend, ect.

    I own a Canadian Made 4 String LADO Custom Zebra II 1988 Long Scale(Neck Through)24 fret, 2x Bartolini dual coil humbuckers.
    And a Korean Made 5 string Lado PBM-50T Long Scale (Neck Through) 24 fret unknown bar pickups
  8. 40 years, 30 P Basses and 20 J Basses later, I have found peace at last...
    Auspuff and klejst like this.
  9. 4-string fretted, always have and probably always will.
  10. I currently use a 4 fretted and a 6 fretless. One day I'll have a 6 fretted built, but beyond that..I think I have everything I'll ever need!

    Passinwind likes this.
  11. David Benavides

    David Benavides

    Feb 15, 2019
    All my basses are 5 String Fretted. I own a Yamaha TRBX305, a G&L Tribute L2000 and I recently purchased a Spirit Steinberger XT-25, I used to own the Steinberger X2 bass but sold it. I regreted doing that.
  12. Jaymo


    Jul 7, 2017
    I play (if you can call it that) 2 4 string, fretted basses.
    One is a Jay Turser Pbass copy that plays and sounds a lot better than it has a right to, given I only paid $60US for it.
    The other is a 1992 (as near as I can narrow it down based on features and serial number) Carvin LB70.
    Both are lefties, as am I.
    The Carvin is as heavy as I care to play.
    No 5 or 6 strings for me.
  13. Bridgett Sheff

    Bridgett Sheff Banned

    Mar 18, 2019
  14. M-rek

    M-rek Guest

    Apr 5, 2017
    I played/tried a lot of different flavours over the last couple of years - fretless 4 string, a few 5 strings, a 6 string, a 12 string chapman stick (copy). It was an interesting journey, but I always came back to the good ol‘ 4 string! I think I found my sound with my two favourite basses, an EBMM Stingray and a Cutlass Bass.
    I still have an old Ibanez which I recently converted to fretless (changed necks) and an electric upright bass just for fun, but I rarely ever touch them. Hence I don‘t consider myself a ‚fretless‘ or ‚upright bass player‘, so I voted just 4 string fretted.
  15. nilorius


    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    I have only checked out 4, 5 fretted/fretless and choose 5 frettless, but i don't think 7 string and more is a normal bass.
  16. Funk Fashion

    Funk Fashion

    Mar 3, 2019
    What is this poll for other than being a poll. We all knew 80% of us played 4 string fretted.
  17. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
  18. rfslick


    Dec 31, 2008
    Benicia, CA. USA
    Not playing out much these days, but, usually now it's the SXUrsa 2 Jazz. Look to your left... Spring and Summer 2013 401.JPG
  19. MrNylon

    MrNylon "ROAD REX" Supporting Member

    A Fender Player Jazz.

    Last edited: Apr 21, 2019
  20. I recently added a couple of basses to my collection.
    My Basses: Hot rodded Squier VM Jaguar (#1), Stagg 30" scale, Yamaha B200, Yamaha RBX270, lbanez Sound Gear G10, Ibadan SR670. And yes, all 4 stringers.

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