Re: Anyone tried this crazy idea (5-string bass with 4 strings)

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Posted by Mickster on September 25, 2001 at 12:14:08:

In Reply to: Anyone tried this crazy idea (5-string bass with 4 strings) posted by Magic on September 25, 2001 at 09:50:40:

: Hello !

: Don't laugh at me (OK, You may laugh, this is crazy).

: I found out hat I hardly ever use the 4th string on my JazzBass, and I like to play quite "high" on the fretboard. I also would like to play some really low-tones, so I could use a 5-string.

: Now to the crazy part - if I don't want to buy a 5-string, so what if I replace the E-string with a B-string from a 5-string set, and move all strings "up" one step, meaning that I would have the string tuned at B-E-A-D !!!!!!!

: Has anybody tried this, what would happen ???

Hey Magic, what would happen? It would be called the Schecter Scorpion. Yup, guitar maker Schecter came out with a four string bass that trades the G string for a low B string at the other end, and is tuned, B-E-A-D. They made it for players that either don't like the wide neck of a 5 string, and/or for players that would rather have a deeper low end, and don't really care about the high end. If you wanted to do this to your Jazz bass, you'd probably have to install a new nut cut for the heavier string order. You can see the Scorpion at either: or I've never played one, but it is a wild looking bass; crazy headstock. I think it goes for $499.00 There may be other basses out there like this, but, I don't know about them.

Check it out,

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