#1
ive been looking into getting a six string and quite possibly even a 7 string. any suggestions?
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#2
why the **** would you want 6, let alone a 5 string. 4 is a ****ing bass. learn ****ing beast on 4 before you think you can do more


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#3
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why the **** would you want 6, let alone a 5 string. 4 is a ****ing bass. learn ****ing beast on 4 before you think you can do more


this, but without the profanity.

but if you are beastly on bass, my friend's cousin's bassist has a 6 stringed scheter stiletto. nobody except him played it. it sounded amazing.
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#4
I think u might be in the wrong forum
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Quote by chipmunksurfer
why the **** would you want 6, let alone a 5 string. 4 is a ****ing bass. learn ****ing beast on 4 before you think you can do more


You don't have to be a "beast" to have more strings.

Wider range + economy of motion = win.

Do you have a price range, TS?

I would go check out (There all sixers btw):

Musicanman Bongo, Schecter Stiletto Studio, Ibanez SR 506, Peavy Grind
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#6
Disregard the first two replies. Its all about economy of motion vs string space and neck width. If you'd rather be able to to run up and down the neck and slap a lot, (not that its impossible on a 6'er) then you should stick to a 4. If you don't want to change hand positions and have lots of intervals at your disposal then a 6 or even 7 is good.

Schecter makes some 6-strings, Ibanez has I want to say an SR 6, Dean does I think. Just look around the internet, you should find some.

As for 7-strings I've never come across any from popular brands. I can't give to much advice I believe Glavestron makes a fairly cheap 7. I have no idea about the quality of it, but its an option I guess.
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spectors are nice and bongos are amazing
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I have a Peavey Fury VI. It's pretty kickass.
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I only know of 2 non-custom shop 7 strings, Both Conklin- the GT7 and the GTBD-7 (Bill Dickens sig). Excellent basses, I've heard.
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why the **** would you want 6, let alone a 5 string. 4 is a ****ing bass. learn ****ing beast on 4 before you think you can do more

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this, but without the profanity.

Idiots. If you want to eventually play a 6 or 7, then get one. There's no point practicing on a 4 string if you know for sure that you actually want more strings. Why would he want a 5 or 6? For extra range maybe? More economical playing and hand positions?
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I think u might be in the wrong forum

this man is stupid, along with the 2 above him.
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Disregard the first two replies. Its all about economy of motion vs string space and neck width. If you'd rather be able to to run up and down the neck and slap a lot, (not that its impossible on a 6'er) then you should stick to a 4. If you don't want to change hand positions and have lots of intervals at your disposal then a 6 or even 7 is good.

Schecter makes some 6-strings, Ibanez has I want to say an SR 6, Dean does I think. Just look around the internet, you should find some.

As for 7-strings I've never come across any from popular brands. I can't give to much advice I believe Glavestron makes a fairly cheap 7. I have no idea about the quality of it, but its an option I guess.

this man puts it best. a 4-5 string is my preference, just because everything else has soapbars. I don't want soapbars. and strings are more expensive too. even from 4 to 5, prices can go up to 5 bucks. thats 10 a month. for the 120 I save annually, I can buy a pet dog. with the money i save not having a sixer or sevener, I can get one from the pound and feed it for a good while.

and i just don't like to overstretch my fingers.

if 6 is your thing though, the Ibanez SR would be my suggestion, followed by the Schecter.
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why the **** would you want 6, let alone a 5 string. 4 is a ****ing bass. learn ****ing beast on 4 before you think you can do more


i love how this man said why the F*** would you want a 6 string or a 5 string, when he has a Stadium Arcadium icon and says hes a huge RHCP when Flea uses a 5 strings on a few songs...
#13
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this man is stupid, along with the 2 above him.

this man puts it best. a 4-5 string is my preference, just because everything else has soapbars. I don't want soapbars. and strings are more expensive too. even from 4 to 5, prices can go up to 5 bucks. thats 10 a month. for the 120 I save annually, I can buy a pet dog. with the money i save not having a sixer or sevener, I can get one from the pound and feed it for a good while.

and i just don't like to overstretch my fingers.

if 6 is your thing though, the Ibanez SR would be my suggestion, followed by the Schecter.


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i love how this man said why the F*** would you want a 6 string or a 5 string, when he has a Stadium Arcadium icon and says hes a huge RHCP when Flea uses a 5 strings on a few songs...


i was pissed off.. sorry...

flea only used 5 string on like 2 songs on BSSM anyway


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i was pissed off.. sorry...

flea only used 5 string on like 2 songs on BSSM anyway


I'm sorry, being pissed off does not give you the license to torture this fine young bassist willing to go outside the norm.

Definitely look into spectors and bongos if you have no pricerange, otherwise schecter stilletos and Ibanez SR506's are amazing.
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#18
my suggestion is play on a 6 string and play on a 7string (musicians friend has a nice return policy that I like to frequently take advantage of ) and see which one you like more. Don't listen to the people who say you have to master a 4 string first, that just retarded, do you think the guys who play on a 11 or 12 string bass mastered the 4,5,6,7,8,9,10 string basses before they bought an 11? Go with what you feel comfortable with. I have a six string now that I think is awesome but I might be looking into a 7 string depending on how i like playing them.

The new Ibanez 6 strings look nice and play awesome, and the Conklin 7 strings have always sounded nice.
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#19
I love fivers and sixers, go ahead and buy one. Learn about economy of motion and rearrange song so there's one or two shifts in a complicated song, makes learning and playing a breeze.

...Just don't be one of those guys that buy a sixer and just play the B and E string with a heckload of shifting disregarding the point of extra strings.
#20
thanks for the advice for those who actually offered it. i have a friend who has both the conklins(the bill dickens and the gt 7) and hes going to let me borrow them when he goes to visit family in iowa for xmas so ill play both and maybe ill decide then if a want the 7 or the 6
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#21
^

Nice. Many of us have never even seen a Conklin like that, much less gotten to play one.

Another +1 to getting one, BTW. I started playing on a fiver, and wouldn't mind a 6 at all as long as the neck wasn't a foot wide.
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#22
I myself don't really dig 5 or 6 stringers, I'm a 4 man, but that's my personal preference.

If you want that 6 than go for it. Watch any videos of Dream Theater, their bassist uses a 6 and is crazy good.
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#23
+1, John Myung is amazing. It's a rare bassist that can play lines that cool and complex and still manage to fit in perfectly with the band.
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+1, John Myung is amazing. It's a rare bassist that can play lines that cool and complex and still manage to fit in perfectly with the band.

Along with having some of the most precise technique I've ever seen.
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#25
And a wrist angle from hell.
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and a practice routine, which can only be described as better then the hyperbolic time chamber

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oh my god, the conklins are just the sweetest playing bass you'll ever find... maybe... I don't know, that is tricky.... but it's definately up there in playability and tone with the '63 Hofner bass, 78 P-bass and 65 fretless P I've played.... I can't fathom playing on all 7 strings, but I'll be damned if that thing didn't play and sound like butter. Granted, this was about 5 years ago I played on one, so I'm not sure if their quality is the same, but, christ it was nice.
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and a practice routine, which can only be described as better then the hyperbolic time chamber

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Yeah, I'm 99% sure John Myung must be the only bassist who has a warm DOWN after the show as part of his routine.
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Along with having some of the most precise technique I've ever seen.



Actually, just for the record, I think Ryan Martinie takes this prize.
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