1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

What's your favorite number of strings to play on bass (If you have multiple basses)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by de la mocha, Oct 7, 2005.

  1. de la mocha

    de la mocha

    Aug 20, 2005
    I've been struggling on my 6 but when I went back to four in the store at lunch time today, I was amazed at how silky smooth and fast I was! I think I'm going back to the four.... :)

    What's your favorite choice, 4, 5, or 6 when playing at a gig or just messing around at practice?
  2. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
  3. Ray-man

    Ray-man Guest

    Sep 10, 2005

    What is that skinny little guitar string way at the top for anyhow?
  4. 1.

    at a time.

    unless I bang out a chord.

    basswise, 4 suits me fine.
  5. Bryan R. Tyler

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

    May 3, 2002
    Probably five. My six gives a really good competition though...lately it seems that six-string may turn into my preference (for fretted anyways).

    I just don't feel nearly as comfortable on four, and my seven wasn't as comfy. I think if I had a seven built to my specs it could be as comfy as my six.
  6. The Hammer

    The Hammer

    Jul 13, 2004
    I really like a five string as I love the low B (or in my case the low A). I could use tune a 4 to BEAD but I like the extra string :)
  7. Ah, grasshopper is learning another benefit of the mighty six...

    The sixer will really exercise your chops, so when you go back to a four, your playing experience will be enhanced.

    The same happens with a 35" scale and a 34" inch. Play a 35" scale bass for a while, and really give your fingers a workout. Then pick up a 34" and play the same licks...feels like there's no effort.

    Same principle applies here that batters use in baseball - swing a heavy/weighted/couple of bats in the on deck circle -- when you're "up," you're arms aren't weighted down, and you're in control.
  8. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    Five on bass guitar, four on upright.
  9. danomite64


    Nov 16, 2004
    Tampa, Florida
  10. Pruitt


    Jun 30, 2005
    Danbury, CT
    6 :bassist:
  11. I like 5s the most.
  12. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
  13. pointbass

    pointbass Jersey to Georgia Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Endorsing Artist: FBB Bass Works
    6 suits me perfectly .....
  14. Worshiper


    Aug 13, 2004
    New York
    4...nuff said
  15. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    I keep going back to my 4.
  16. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    Somethin' about going back to where you started... 4
  17. Four, it's like the utmost in freedom and least restrictive as far as moving around the neck go, which I love. Nice and spread out.
  18. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    6 just seems to feel right to me.
  19. T-Funk


    Jul 2, 2005
    I am strictly a 5 sting bassist.
  20. Marcus Willett

    Marcus Willett

    Feb 8, 2005
    Palm Bay, FL
    Endorsing Artist: Bag End - Dean Markley - Thunderfunk
    Groove music, reading gigs: 5 string

    Jazz gigs, lots of blowin' over changes: 4 string

    A 6 is cool and all, but I like skinnier necks and have yet to find a 6 I like in those terms. To keep it consistent, it would have to be 2.9 at the 21st fret. To me, the trade off of constantly having a neck that's wider than what I like for the occasional (again, for me) benefit of sometimes playing an extra string I don't like the sound of anyway isn't worth it.

    Again, just me...