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Why do bassists use a 5 string and not even use the B?

That's what crossover thrash is for
IamMark
Posts: 1103
I rarely play my 6th string on my 6-string except for songs that have Eb or D notes. And to be honest, anything lower than D sounds like garbage to me. So there's not a big justification for it in my opinion. That being said, I like having it for when I play with guitarists who play alternate tunings of songs (usually 1/2-step down tuning), and I don't need to adjust my bass tuning. I can just play the half note lower on the B string.

I also don't like playing open strings, so the 5th fret E sounds better than an open E to me.
Don't you mean 5th fret B? Lol
IamMark
Posts: 1103
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Don't you mean 5th fret B? Lol
No, I meant the fifth fret E note. Not E string.
Oh I read it wrong
diddle
Posts: 1
i use my b string for playing pop, and rap.
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i use my b string for playing pop, and rap.

Okay, but you have a reason to use it.
Marko1960
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On Fenders early 60s Bass V five string bass, the B string was tuned to C, any of you 5 stringers tried that,its only a half step. The guitars fifth string is tuned to B so the sixth string is two Octaves above the low E and maintaining tuning in Fifths
Youri
Posts: 125
I guess either you haven't heard or noticed when they do, or they just wanted that particular bass and it happened to be a 5 string one. The bassist from Alter Bridge uses his B string
I don't even know who Alter Bridge is so they might use the B.

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