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Will the four string become obsolete?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Fire-Starter, Mar 4, 2003.

  1. Fire-Starter


    Aug 11, 2002
    In a world of 5,6 7,9 string basses, will the four string become obsolete while bass players continue to take advantage of the expanded range of the 5,6,7,9 string basses. I was listening to some old school songs from motown and I just love the sound of the bass on those songs, and I am sure the lines were done with four string basses, but will they last much longer???:bawl: :bassist:

  2. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Most people still play 4 string basses, don't they?

    I hope they don't become obsolete.
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  3. Brooks


    Apr 4, 2000
    Middle East
    No :)
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  4. Davehenning


    Aug 9, 2001
    Los Angeles
    The four string is here to stay......there is a place for all the different basses.

    That being said........

    Is the bass guitar gonna be here in 50 years?

    That is a far more interesting question to ponder.(IMHO)
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  5. Shellac


    Feb 10, 2003
    Most of the players I know play fours, and alot of the fivers I know are converting back. I'm just going to stick with five for now.
  6. Shellac


    Feb 10, 2003
    "Is the bass guitar gonna be here in 50 years?"

    ^ *points*
  7. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    Most musicians are conservative when it comes to gear, and they tend to stick with what works...

    ...4-string basses and tube amps are still gonna be around for awhile. :cool:
  8. Funkster

    Funkster Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    Long Live The 4 Baby!!!!!
  9. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Nah, they're like herpes. You can't get rid of 'em.

    Or so I've heard! :p
  10. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    No, look at how long the 4-string double bass has been around.
  11. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    "World" ???? 4's outsell mulitstrings by a longshot.

    4-string Squiers still are the sales "king".
  12. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Though, really, the BG is obsolete - because nowadays, keyboard players have left hands :D j/k
  13. christle


    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    Only after the 4 string double bass becomes obsolete. :)

  14. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
    if you consider the history of the Double Bass; at one time in the 19th century you could get a bass with 3,4, or 5 strings.

    About the only historically consistent
    characteristic of the DB now is that the overwhelming majority
    have 4 strings, tho we
    now see 5 being made

    The BG is about in the
    same place historically
    now as the DB was in the 19th c.

    The BG is still going
    thru the experimentation phases. I know its been around for 50 years but in the grand scheme of things and in relation to organological history
    the electric bass is still quite young.

    the 4 will be here
    for as long as there are
    electric basses...
  15. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    As long as I'm here 4 strings will stay strong;)
  16. thrash_jazz


    Jan 11, 2002
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Artist: JAF Basses, Circle K Strings

    I dare you to post that in the Dark Castle!
  17. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin Banned

    Dec 11, 1999
    The four string is already obsolete. Just ask:

    Vic Wooten
    Marcus Miller
    Michael Manring
    Stanley Clark
    Brian Bromberg
    Victor Bailey


  18. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    And Mark King!

    And Woodchuck! :p
  19. Sonic

    Sonic Lord of the Grump

    The 4 string obsolete???? May I sum up this question with a simple response. ME THINKY NOT!!!:bassist:

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