Why does the E on a 5er feel floopy?!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tallguybcs, Sep 16, 2001.

  1. I cant find a 5 string to feel like a 4. I would expect one to play like a 4, with an added B string. Ive played nicer ones too (warwick, the am fender 5's) but the E feels floppy and different. This is my only reason to not get a 5, anyone feel the same?
  2. interesting... I've found to be quite the opposite. All the 5ers I've played had really tight E's.
  3. I would say, try a CZech Spector. They got pretty tight B's
  4. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    No probs with my E's. Not even a prob on my Stingray B.
  5. Im not talking about the B's, even the E feels more floppy.

    I even played a Stingray 5, and it played *differently*

    If I play anything on a 5, it feels weird, the feel is totally different, and not in a good way. The strings feel way too loose and was awkward.
  6. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    Is this with every 5 string you have played? This is a strange phenomenon as the E string on a 5 should be similar to the E on a 4. I can understand that different B strings are different on different 5s but not the E. Which brands of 5 have you played?
  7. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    I think it is you, tallguy. I'd get some kind of therapy. :)
  8. Waste


    Sep 16, 2001
    Atlanta, GA
    I've got a Ibanez 405 and tune adadg(flat). The e-string feels loose but it's comfortably loose (wierd to describe). And when I tune standard the e string is actually tight like the other guys have been saying....all 5-ers I"ve played have been like that...maybe youjust got afreak...maybe you've already said but what kind is it?
  9. john turner

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

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    the only thing that i can think might be causing this is the fact that some 5 strings come with a lighter gauge e string than you might be used to, causing them to be floppy feeling.
  10. John, that makes the most sense, Ill look into that more.
  11. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    You say - "even", but there area huge number of 5-strings out there and to me they do feel very different.

    I've tried a few Stingray 5s in shops and I don't like them at all - strings did definitely feel "floppy" to me, but this could be due to poor setup.

    To me the Fender Roscoe Beck 5 felt right first time I played it, as did many other 5s I've tried, but I think a lot of shops don't bother much with setup and this could be influencing what you are talking about.

    I picked up a Stingray 5 in a local shop and it had such a low action that it was unplayable - I mentioned it to the staff but they weren't really bothered. I occasionally got to the Bass Centre in London and their basses are always really well setup and this makes a big difference. I can alway find 20 or 30 5s that feel great.
  12. tallguybcs,, it may feel different, but perhaps you'll never find a five that feels good.

    some people take to instruments quickly, i know i did, but in the need, if you really want to play a 5er, get the nearest you can to you 'ideal' and get playing, it should soon feel right.

    johns right with the lighter gague, i know my five has 0.098 @E while on 4's i go for 105, i also have a lighter B @ .128

    alot of 5's feel wrong, i know what you mean, but its sometimes just best to play with an open mind.

  13. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Why not look at a differnt guage string.
  14. ThunderStik

    ThunderStik Guest

    Jun 25, 2001
    Claremore OK.
    I have tried to go to a 5 or 6 but it just never feels natural so I decided that after all these years im going to stick with what i know - 4strings. Im old school I guess (28yrs old) but I finally came up with a solution, I took a 35 inch scale 4 string and put on a set of fiver strings and left off the g. If I need it its there and it sounds good and I dont have to re-invent the wheel. You could call it "chickening out" or "old school" but it works for me and thats all that matters.
  15. Don't let Jeff Berlin hear you say that:eek: