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Re: 5 string or 4 string ?

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Posted by Rich ( on October 30, 2003 at 07:49:53:

In Reply to: Re: 5 string or 4 string ? posted by Dman on October 19, 2003 at 18:50:08:

: Doug i went through the same thing you are going through a copuple of years ago. And the best advice that I can give you is "play what you are comfortable with"...

: And it also depends on what sort of music you are playing. If you are playing Funk RnB Dance kinda stuff you might need a 5 string and if you are a blues Jazz player a 4 string might be better...

: My main bass is a Fender Jazz 4 string , I'm about to buy a cheaper 5 string as my second bass...

: : I've been learning (teaching myself) on a cheap 4 string; now I want to play on something with better sound. A 5 string obviously gives a wider range, and access to lower notes - yet most people play 4 strings.
: : I'd be gratefull for the pros and cons, especially from experienced players,
: : thanks,
: : Doug

:: I've been playing a four string for years, fretted and fretless, and about two years ago bought a 5 string fretless (the low B was incidental, I just liked the feel of the bass.) After experimenting with it for a while, I liked the expressiveness that the low B string offered. Even notes (E and higher) that you can get on the upper string have a different tonality to them when played on a thicker string. Downside is the slightly closer string spacing. If you have been playing a 4 string for a long time, and especially if you do a lot of funk, the closer string spacing (necessary to prevent the neck from getting too wide for average sized hands from fitting around) takes some getting used to. So in the end it depends on the sound you are looking for and the amount of expression you need. I now play only 5 string basses (an Ibanez SR3005 and an Ibanez SRX505). Your personal feeling and opinion are what matters. Good luck.

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