Re: Pros and Cons of a 5 string.

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Posted by paige on August 08, 2000 at 13:42:07:

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!

The 5 string is another tool in the tool box. More and more songs are being written to take advantage of the low D or C... nothing sweeter than hitting a low C and letting it ring out. As to the 4 string vs other types of basses - that shouldn't even be an argument. If you don't like the 5 string - don't play it. Your reasons are valid - whatever they are, because they are YOUR reasons. I don't play Ibanez anything because of my personal taste and bias. Doesn't make the Ibanez a bad instrument - I have heard some incredible musicians do incredible things with it.
I have a Fender Pbass 4 string, a Carvin 6 string, and an Alembic fretless Epic 5 string. Each one has a place and a certain type of gig I use it on.
The bottom line is this.... do you love to play the bass? Then find a bass you love to play. I can tell you this, you won't be able to buy any of my basses - because I have spent years searching for that particular "sound" that I love, and I have found that in those three instruments. Each time I pick one up I pick up some particular aspect of that bass "sound" that makes me go nuts. The Pbass - best punch for the buck on funk and Motown tunes. The Carvin 6 string - ahhhh... with those EMG pickups, it is the perfect soloing instrument for the jazz trio gigs I take it to. The 5 string fretless? That wonderful dark, woody Alembic fretless mwahhhhhhhh.... wow.
Anyway - I wish there weren't debates about 4 string vs 5 string vs 6 string or whatever.... it's all about the passion you have for your music and the vehicle (your bass)you use to get you to that musical nirvana!!!!
Well, enogh Zen Bass philosophy......

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