Try a Hipshot D-tuner before you buy a 5!

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Posted by Anton V. on August 29, 2000 at 04:24:10:

In Reply to: 4 or 5? posted by Jill on August 26, 2000 at 21:47:38:

: I was wondering if anyone could help me with this. I pretty much know nothing about the bass, but I want to learn how to play. I was wondering if anyone could suggest a good one to start out with--not high in price. Another question I have is this: What is the difference between a 4-string and 5-string bass? (besides the obvious). All the bands I listen to have 5-string basses, but I've heard that there's really no difference and you can play the same songs. Would someone please help me out with this?? And one more thing-Is Ibanez a good bass, and how do you pronounce that if anyone knows? Please e-mail me ( to let me know if you can answer any of my questions. It would be VERY helpful. Thanx!!

: Jill


I have a gadget called a Hipshot D-tuner installed on almost all my basses. It's a special tuning machine on the E-string, which, with the flick of a lever, lowers the pitch to D. You may emulate this effect by detuning your E to D yourself. This will get you two extra low notes (D and E flat).This may be confusing if you just started on bass, but it's much easier than switching from 4 to 5 string later on. I prefer 4 string basses because they're just more comfortable, slapping is easier and because I like classic Fender Jazz basses.
On the other hand, I agree with some of the other responders, that if you are beginner, you might as well start on the 5, and won't have any problems adapting to the 5 as most of us ol'4-stringers have.

Hope this helps,

Anton Visser

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