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Played a 5 string last night for the first time

purplez
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11 months ago
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My friend brought round his one, admittedly I had to play it upside down, he's a righty.

That fat low B sounds awesome though.! I was just noodling around on it.

If you own a five string how much do you play it? and what music style commonly uses them?
Marko1960
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I suppose they have their place but all the great bassists seem to manage with four strings, thats enough for me
Leiria
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You'll usually find 5 stringers in modern metal.

Personally notes that low sound better on a tunned down E than on a standard B but to each their own
The Bassist
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I play metal and have a five string and a four string. My basses are on rotation so the five string will be every other song. I actually got a new five string this week and sold my old one.
Sidsquishus
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If you are going to have more than one bass, one should be a five string IMO. Notes below the low E of a four string are becoming more common in more styles - it's not just metal anymore.
axeman32
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They are used in progressive metal bands.
Cheekychuck
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I bought a five string about a year ago. Learned to play it, tabbed a couple songs, then it collected dust. I only played my four string. I recently sold the five string and picked up an acoustic four string bass which I play more often. Personally, I found the transition back and forth from 4-5 string took a little time to get used to the guitar and string spacing. If I needed the low B regularly , I would just play 5 string only. I at least tried it, however, I am Four String Guy
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purplez
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I bought a five string about a year ago. Learned to play it, tabbed a couple songs, then it collected dust. I only played my four string. I recently sold the five string and picked up an acoustic four string bass which I play more often. Personally, I found the transition back and forth from 4-5 string took a little time to get used to the guitar and string spacing. If I needed the low B regularly , I would just play 5 string only. I at least tried it, however, I am Four String Guy


I have a cheapo acoustic bass restrung lefty,I play it 90% of the time, just because I don't need to plug it in to an amp or anything, just pick it up and play it, sometimes I just lay in bed and play it.. shame there is no way to intonate the bridge as its slightly out of tune being righty, but nobody else hears me play it



Its4me
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Even If you barely touch the B to D# on the B string, the five string gives lots of options to play Box positions at different parts of the neck, coming down to the E at fifth fret on the B gives slight tonal differences and more variations. Stick with It. I agree jumping from 4 to 5 and back gives brain ache. I now have a few 5 strings and never use my Vintage Jazz.
Its4me
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Even If you barely touch the B to D# on the B string, the five string gives lots of options to play Box positions at different parts of the neck, coming down to the E at fifth fret on the B gives slight tonal differences and more variations. Stick with It. I agree jumping from 4 to 5 and back gives brain ache. I now have a few 5 strings and never use my Vintage Jazz.

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