Who swears by 4?!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jrmgcoolville, Oct 26, 2006.

  1. Four strings

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  1. jrmgcoolville


    Sep 24, 2006
    I went from a 4, 5, then 6 and back to a 4. Now I swear by four strings (or its octive version 8 and 12 strings).

    Who else is a 4 stringer?
  2. Gegatso


    Jan 16, 2006
    St. Louis, MO
    I play 4 almost all of the time....sometimes 5. Can't say I swear to anything except that it's a bass! :)

  3. mellofello


    Mar 10, 2006
    I've been kicking around the idea of getting a 5-string for awhile. Then I saw a couple Vic Wooten videos on youtube.com. I think I still have a few things to learn on the 4-string. LOL
  4. I went from four to five and can't see any reason to go back. It's the extra expanse of tone that I love. Getting used to the extra string was a little bit of an issue, but I got the bass the same time that I did a theater gig with really easy music and used tha to break in the new 5 string and haven't regretted it since. I now have a 5-string fretless, and 5-string fretted bass and use all the strings evenly for jazz and blues. Rock just Rocks given the extra punch of the low end! Love it! Won't go back.;)
  5. I play 4s, but I think I'm getting another 5 again soon. It never held my interest before.
    While I don't swear by 4s, sometimes I swear at them.
  6. jgsbass


    May 28, 2003
    Floral Park, NY
  7. Stan_da_man


    Aug 29, 2006
    5 strings are better than 4! It makes octave playing so much easier. They look better than 4's too.
  8. saxnbass


    Mar 9, 2006
    Nashville, TN
    I play mainly fours. I have 7 basses, six 4-stringers and one 6-stringer. Next bass is gonna be a 5-string though for the Low B (my 6 is tuned EADGCF)
  9. Machines


    Dec 1, 2005
    Birmingham, UK
    Moderator: basschat.co.uk
    I had a 5 & 6 string. Sold the 6 and bought a 4.

    I dont think I need to go any higher than what a 4 string can offer me, but occasionally like to go lower. That said - I play my 4 more often.
  10. ehque


    Jan 8, 2006
    i like 4s. that said, ive had 3 6s so far, and i dont think im going back to 4s any time soon.

    4s are really more comfortable, of course. but if i wanted comfort im a decent keyboardist as well.
  11. i swear AT my 4's.....especially when i reach for that low note that isn't there.......
  12. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    I'm just so comfortable playing 4. Too old to learn the 5 fretboard.

  13. For fretted, I go for 5, fretless 4.
  14. pklima

    pklima Commercial User

    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Karoryfer Samples
    Four strings. I tune in fifths so I get more range than the average four anyway.

    Well, I do have the Krappy bass with a 1-string, 2-string and 3-string neck but it doesn't get used for much other than recording.
  15. Tom Howland

    Tom Howland Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    I dig 5-strings.
    But I've never found one that plays as good as a 4-string.
  16. Andy Brown

    Andy Brown Commercial User

    Jul 23, 2004
    Rhode Island
    Founder/Owner: Wing Instruments
    I'm currently into 6's mainly and 5's. I need down to a low-B for some of the music we play. Other than that requirement (the music calls for it), I'd probably be ok with a 4, however, I just love the low notes and the way they go through you.
  17. BassAgent


    Dec 2, 2003
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Official Artist: Eich Amplification
    I don't swear by a string number, I have 2 4-strings and 1 5-string and I like 'em all. 5 is enough, no more, but I'm not such purist.
  18. Throckmorten


    Aug 3, 2006
    Central NY
    I swear _at_ 4
  19. lawsonman


    Dec 19, 2005
    NW IL
    Too old and set in my ways to play anything but a 4.If I played more than 4 I'd have to actually look at what I was playing.
  20. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    The only time I play 4 is when a 5 isn't available, or if I'm auditioning Kevin Jones' awesome Sadowskys. I still own one 4, but I've lent it to a guitarist friend. The 5 neck is 'just right' for my hands... even vintage P-bass necks feel too narrow.

    But hey, different strokes. If 4 gives you everything you need, no reason to switch.
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