Re: Pros and Cons of a 5 string.

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Posted by Deman on July 18, 2000 at 17:48:43:

In Reply to: Pros and Cons of a 5 string. posted by Davidnssbm on July 18, 2000 at 11:22:25:

: Im about 80% sure that i want a 5 string. Some of you said the 5th string doesnt sound as nice. well i head this one song that used the 5th string and i really liked how low it was. if this is what you are talking about, that sound shouldn't be a problem, but anyway, if you could be so kind, please tell me the
: Pros and Cons of a 5 string. Thanks! You guys are awesome! i would have never been able to get this far with out you!

On most five strings, especially the shorter scale ones, the B does not have enough tension to sound proper. if you are going to get a five string, get one with a long scale neck (26") The added inch can make an amazing difference to the sound. I have heard of, but not had the pleasure to play , aluminum neck basses. I have heard that these basses can handle much greater amounts of tension on the neck withut deflection, resulting in better sounding low notes and greater sustain. I beleive these are comparable to Graphite neck basses, bUt, having not played either type, my insight is limited. The best advice I can give you is, at the risk of soundind banal, try to play the basses first. Also, look into the used market. Often, amazingly high quality basses can be had for starting bass prices, in great condition. That, once again, is my two cents worth.
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