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Posted by paige on January 20, 2000 at 19:40:23:

In Reply to: 5 string, 6 string, 7 string, 8 string, 9 string etc. etc. Bass? OH REALLY? posted by Steve DePra on January 20, 2000 at 14:29:17:

The reason I use my 5 string is simple.... the Low B string.
Ther reason I play my 6 string is simple..... the Low B string and the High C string.
These extra strings do two things for me
1: Obviously the extra notes. Being able to use a Low D or a Low C is really nice on a ballad. The High C string gives me added range for solo work.
2. The ability to stay in position longer. On my 6 string, the high "G" (found on the 12th fret of the G string) can now be found on the 7th fret of the C string. This allows me the ease of not having to jump up to hit that high G.

Now... most of what I play centers around the traditional 4 strings, because that is where the "meat" of the bass resides (IMHO). But I truly like the ability to go higher or lower if the need arises. I am gigging with a pianist and a drummer in a jazz gig and the extra range allows me to solo up in the guitar range. Also, the 6 string affords me the ability to use a wider variety of chords as I accompany the piano player.
I am not offended by your comments, but these are my reasons for my owning these basses. To be honest, if I were only doing an R&B gig, I would probably be very happy with a Fender P Bass.

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