Re: Size and dealer

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Posted by Don on November 30, 2000 at 07:39:57:

In Reply to: Size and dealer posted by Joel on November 29, 2000 at 15:53:25:

: Getting ready to purchase my first bass and I need a little help.
: I fully commit when I plan to do something so I have no intention
: of buying an $800 bass and beiing unhappy with the sound. I plan to spend
: about $2500 and get the proper lessons:
: 1. I'm 5 feet eleven and I carry comparable weight and strength. i.e I'm
: a big guy. What size instrument should I be looking at? I held a 3/4 the
: other day and it seemed small.
: 2. I saw Bob golliher's web page for the fully carved bass, solid spruce
: top, solid maple sides and back, rbony finger board. Has anyone heard feedback
: on this instrument, good or bad?
: 3. Anyone out there play a 5 string or have comments on it?

4/4 basses are in no way "superior" to 3/4 basses; they are not louder, they don't project any better, they are not "bass-ier". They're only more difficult to sell. In many years of classical and jazz playing, not once have I thought that a 5 string would have been better for what I was doing. For a first bass, the sensible, safest way to go is 3/4, 4 string. Wait until you have more experience before going off the beaten path.

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