Re: 4 or 5 string?

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Posted by Datsgor on July 13, 2000 at 13:44:12:

In Reply to: 4 or 5 string? posted by Davidnssbm on July 13, 2000 at 12:31:23:

: Alright, listen. im a begginer. and i want to know if i should buy a 4 string or a 5 string. my other friend who plays bass, and is very good at it. has a 4 string and a 5 string. he says he sort of regrets getting the 5 string. he says it sort of gets in the way and doesnt sound as good as the others. but i was watchin some music videos and like all the bassists had 5 strings. and i wanna be in a band with my friends some time in the years. and i dont wanna get a string now and buy a whole new bass later. so what do you guys think about getting a 5 string. but just learning 4 strings, and when i am ready i go to the 5th? and what are your thoughts on the 5th string? is my friend right, or does he just not want me to be as good as him. thanks for your time! i appreciate it!

The choice my friend is yours and yours alone....BUT, I will tell you a little about my choices. I have been playing bass for 20 years
and about 10 years ago i started thinking i needed 5 strings. I went through all this rigamaroll(is that a freaking word!?)and played
all sorts of crap(stuff). I can tell you i now DONT own anything but four string basses and choose to have each one tuned differently.
I prefer it that way..and dont let anyone try to cinvince you that you are no good unless you play a 5 or 6 string! come on, Jaco, Geddy
Lee, Geezer Butler, John Entwistle, Chris Squire, Steve Harris those guys didnt play 5ers. look its all up to you. go out and play them.
Im just an old guy stuck in his ways. If you are just starting out then you will never know the difference if you pick a 5 or 6 right
from the get go. I will tell you this though...35 inch scale instead od 34 really lets the low B shine through. good luck to ya.

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