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Re: 5 string or 4 string ?

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Posted by jacophile ( on October 22, 2003 at 12:01:13:

In Reply to: 5 string or 4 string ? posted by Doug on October 17, 2003 at 04:14:03:

I use both 4 and 5 strings.

Its largely a matter of preference.

It does take some time to get used to the added string and not playing on the B instead of the E string.

Also the spacing on many 5 strings is closer which may make slapping more difficult. If you get a bass with a wide neck option, then you have to contend with a real handful.

Certain styles like Gospel pretty much require a low B. Jazz, country, classic rock and blues is pretty much 4 string. I cant speak for the alternative but Linkin Park does a lot of low B stuff.

You can also detune your E string to D or lower for an occassional tune.

One more thing - if you are just starting out, it may be better to stick with the 4. Try borrowing a 5 until you are really sure you need it.

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