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What's so great about 6 strings?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Piezoman, Dec 8, 2002.


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  1. Piezoman

    Piezoman

    Nov 29, 2002
    Bronx, New York
    What's so great about 6 strings? I go on this site and everyone talks about their 6 string basses. I own a 5 string. Is the 6 any better?
     
  2. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    What's so great about 5 strings?
     
  3. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Yes. 6 is one better than 5.
     
  4. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    Hey, we can't both mess with the guy's head at once...;)
     
  5. What's so great about piezos?
     
  6. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    The fact that you can correct people when they mispronounce and mispell the word.

    :)
     
  7. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Yeah, what's so great about 6 strings? I thought we had already established that Jaco only needed 4? I play 5 strings by the way, but that's just to look cool.

    :p
     
  8. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I only play bass because, as a married guy, I don't want to get chicks.

    Oops, almost forgot to talk about my 6 string. It is so great. Yeah.
     
  9. LiquidMidnight

    LiquidMidnight

    Dec 25, 2000
    John Turner didn't need a 6 string.

    :p



    :D
     
  10. Christopher

    Christopher

    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    You can play more notes.
     
  11. Secksay

    Secksay Guest

    Sep 6, 2002
    New York, NY
    i thought the more strings, the bigger your manhood?
     
  12. neptoon

    neptoon

    Jul 25, 2000
    summerville, sc
    jaco only needed 4
     
  13. i guess i'll be the one with real answers.

    1) Some people really need the low B because E just isnt low enough
    2) If you play lots of songs in dropped D you can have the low B and just hit D on the 3rd fret
    3) On a Four-string, making jumps from low notes to high notes requires large position shifts. On a 6+ bass you can do large jumps from low to high by playing across the neck instead of up and down it. This is especially helpful on fretless to make playing in tune easier.
    4) It looks cool. Seriously, a lot of people really do have an extended range bass just to look like a better player (but not all, of course).
     
  14. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Here's a real answer to the question "Is the 6 any better?"



    Maybe... it depends.
     
  15. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    It has more strings!

    DUH!


    Seriously though, what makes your 5 better than a 4? Well I guess you just found your answer to why a 6 is better than a 5.

    Peace
    Nick
     
  16. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    It obviously has mor available to it. Question is, can you bring yourself up to the level where you do make use of it?

    Jaco only needed 4, but Pattitucci can make full use of a 6.
     
  17. Well, if you want to have a bass with a low B string and a high C string, you need a 6. Unless, of course, you would rather have a 4 strung B E G C.
     
  18. TxBass

    TxBass

    Jul 3, 2002
    Frisco, Texas
    this is exactly why I enjoy playing a 5 string...6 string would be even better! (but that gets into my GAS...which seems endless)
     
  19. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Actually you CAN'T play more notes on a 6. There the same notes, just in different octaves! :p It depends on what style of music you play. Some people just like to have the extra range.
     
  20. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    6 strings suck.
     



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