Posted by Dave Walmsley on October 10, 2000 at 11:17:51:
In Reply to: Re: 5-string slappers posted by JDP on September 19, 2000 at 21:59:05:
: : I'm buying a new bass and I would want a 5-string but does this make the slapping style a lot more difficult? I've been playing a 4-string and I think I'm rather advanced in this style so I would want to spoil it. Tell me what you think. Thanks.
: :Hey, there. You are right - slapping on a 5 or 6 tends to be a bit more difficult due to the fact that the string spacing is a bit narrower due to more strings on the bass. However, I started out playing a 5 and then moved onto a 6 and I didn't have any problems at all until I started using some of Victor Wooten's double-thumbing type stuff. I definately see why Vic mostly plays a 4 string now. Having said that, Warwick, Pedulla and Ken Smith all make 5 and 6 string basses with wide neck options. They have 4 string spacing (19mm)on a 5 and 6 string bass, but the necks are REALLY WIDE so if you have small hands you should play one before you buy it. I tried a John Patitucci Yamaha model 6 string and it was WAY too wide for my small hands - but I could use the most aggressive techniques in the world and not have a problem due to the wide string spacing. Other models that use wide spacing on a 5 are Carvin's Bunny Brunel model and Peavey Cirrus models (which I moved to) which don't have wide string spacing from the factory, but use a bridge that you can move the spacing of the strings to your liking as well as height. Hope this helps! JDP
I couldn't have said it better myself. If slapping will be your main fortay, I would definately suggest a 5 string with 4 string spacing. I own a Fender Jazz 4 string that I can slap like crazy on but on my Tobias and Ibanez basses which are 5 strings, the spacing is much narrower and I constantly hit bad notes while slapping. So I just play funk grooves mostly on them. Good Luck
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