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Who hear finds a 5stringer easier to play than a 4?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BrandonBass, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. BrandonBass


    May 29, 2006
    I recently bought a 24fret warwick fiver, and i wonder why I havent done it earlier.

    The fact that it has 24frets means that it is much easier to access the 21st fret since it doesnt get in the way of the lower horn and the distance between each frets are smaller as well. As in you dont have to stretch as much.

    And I kinda dig the narrower string spacing as well, though it gets some getting used to.

    Anyone else have the same school of thought?
  2. walldaja


    Apr 27, 2011
    I like not having to depend on open notes and always being able to reach more notes across the board. I'm much more at home on a five or six than a four even though I learned on a four.
  3. I've been playing a 5 so long that anything else doesn't feel natural. However, I prefer wide string spacing. That's why I opted for the broadneck option on my Warwick.
  4. Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    The 5-string in my avatar is my easiest bass to play. I still play 4's but I love that 5-string.
  5. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    I fly on my 4 strings as my Pedulla and Jazz basses have super thin necks and I grew up playing 4's. So I definately find 4 string bases EASIER to play.

    Having said that, I now play 5 string 95+% of the time. I like the versatility of the B string. Don't get me wrong, I love 5ers... But from a pure ease of playing standpoint, 4's win that IMO.
  6. dedpool1052


    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    i just prefer the narrow spacing on my 5 compared to my 4's, but it doesnt mean my 4's are any harder to play. i had an '83 aria pro II that had quite narrow spacing that made playing it a breeze. it really was a fast bass. unfortunately there were other aspects of it that i couldn't get along with, so it got traded.
  7. joebar


    Jan 10, 2010
    look at my avatar
    I agree
  8. GlamJam


    Nov 5, 2012
    Tata, Hungary
    I like playing a metal (yes, it's the best bass for metal) on a fiver with narrow string spacing, pickstyle. For fingerstyle or slap I prefer my 4 string Jazz.
  9. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    I still like my 4 string better, but I do enjoy playing the 5 string. I think they're different. The 5 string has one more string than the 4 string. You may have already noticed that. I think it's pretty noticeable.
  10. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    This may sound silly to some of you younger players, but those in their sixth decade will probably be able to relate:

    My left wrist has become less flexible as I've grown older, which sometimes makes it painful to play on the lowest frets. Playing a fiver enables me to play the same pitches higher up the fingerboard, which accommodates my left wrist and alleviates the pain.
  11. mtb777

    mtb777 Serving bottom for the Most High. Inactive

    Apr 1, 2010
    Sunny South Florida
    I've been playing a fiver for so long that I rarely pick up my 4's anymore. I now have a six that I'm pretty enamored with.
  12. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    My five string also as one more string. Just noticed that.
  13. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    I've been playing 5 string basses exclusively since the early 90's.

    I love their flexibility, and while I don't often play below bottom E, I play that B string on most numbers.

    I did a fly away gig last year and could only get hold of a 4 string Jazz. That was weird. It felt like I was in a straight jacket.
  14. georgestrings

    georgestrings Inactive

    Nov 5, 2005
    Although I play 5ers pretty well, and without difficulty, I still find 4 strings to be easier to play...

    - georgestrings
  15. bassguy72


    Sep 7, 2011
    I find a 7 easier than a 4 or a 5
  16. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    I'm lost on a 4-string bass, haven't played one in years.
    Upright, OK, but electric I keep hitting the wrong string.

    Having access to those lower notes, as well as more
    positions on the neck for the same notes, is great.
  17. Thumpinshelton

    Thumpinshelton Supporting Member

    I have been playing 5's since around '93 and now feel more awkward on a 4. But, the funny thing is that I really don't use the B as much as most would think. It's more of an overall neck feel and thumb rest haha!
  18. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis

    Dec 11, 1999
    I bought my first 5 string 20 yrs ago and could get my head around it for the first couple of years, then one day I picked up another brand name 5er and everything just clicked. Haven't looked back since then, for me it's a five string or nothing.

    My four string basses rarely see the light of day anymore. I just consider them, retired.

  19. Tom Howland

    Tom Howland

    Feb 11, 2003

    It's different.
    I believe you have to find the right 5-string, that works for you.
    I went through 3 or 4 brand 5-strings till I found they one.
    Some just never felt right.
    A MTD 535, or a Roscoe LG3005. are it for me.
  20. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    A 5-string is much easier for me. Easier to play in E-flat or D without detuning. Easier fretboard positions. Easier to confuse gui****s with what I'm playing. And easier to keep others off my bass.