Will the four string become obsolete?

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

  1. Fire-Starter

    Fire-Starter Supporting Member

    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.
  3. 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)
  4. 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.
  5. Shellac


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

    ^ *points*
  6. Slater

    Slater Bye Millen! Hello?

    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:
  7. Funkster


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


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    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
  9. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

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

    rickbass Supporting Member

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

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


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    Though, really, the BG is obsolete - because nowadays, keyboard players have left hands :D j/k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

    christle Supporting Member

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

  13. 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...
  14. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

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


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

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

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    Clinician: EA, Zon, Boomerang, TI. Author "The Art of Solo Bass"
    The four string is already obsolete. Just ask:

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


  17. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    And Mark King!

    And Woodchuck! :p
  18. Sonic

    Sonic Lord of the Grump

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