#1
I'm going to buy my first bass soon(been playing guitar for over 3 years now) and the only thing I need help deciding on is whether it's gonna have 4 or 5 strings.

The main reason I want a 5-string is because I regret now that I don't havea 7-string guitar yet, I don't want to make that mistake again. This will probably be my only bass for years to come, so I want to get it right.

I'm also looking for a versatile bass, even though I'll mostly be playing metal, I want to be able to play all genres basically. So, a 5-string seems to be best.

The only thing holding me back is that I don't know whether 5 strings might be harder to play, especially at the beginning. Also, does the 5th string get in the way when you don't need it?
#2
Does your low E string get in the way when you're trying to play? Nope. You'll get used to it. You've been playing guitar for a few years, you know you can handle a stringed instrument, and you regret not having a low B on your guitar...

Sounds like you should get a five-string. It's going to be different learning to play a bass compared to a guitar regardless of how many strings it has; having five won't be any harder than having four.
#3
low strings never get in the way. the High C on my 6string bass gets in the way sometimes when im doing flamenco strumming but never the low b on anything.

the string spacing on a 5 is a little tighter than on a four but again this really shouldn't be a problem since you're so used to guitar. Also since you're a fan of metal you will come across many bands that use the low B.

My honest opinion is that you would be silly to not get a five
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#4
Thanks, exactly what I was thinking, just needed to hear it from someone else

Any suggestions for a budget of about €600?
#5
i would go with a 4 string you realy cant go wrong. i would say less then half of bassists use 5 strings and in the long run it's allways good to have a 4 string to go back to if you do decide to get a 5 string later.
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#6
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i would go with a 4 string you realy cant go wrong. i would say less then half of bassists use 5 strings and in the long run it's allways good to have a 4 string to go back to if you do decide to get a 5 string later.


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#9
i would say go 5 string i started out on a 6 string bass (i had been playing lead guitar about a year prior and thought id be similar) i still play the 6 string (whenever i get a bass gig) but find more of an interest in 5 because when i play a 4 string i miss the low b string but i almost never (just me) miss the high c. I feel as though i must buy a 5 soon and stop borrowing my friends Ibanez
#11
Quote by bartnijman
take a 5-string. If you think the xtra string is in the way, just remove it


doesn't really work that way.

But I can't imagine a lower string getting in the way, it literally took me about 2 days to get used to it.
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#12
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Does your 600 euro budget include an amp?


No, that's just for the bass.

I've been looking at the Ibanez SR505

I like the looks and fits perfectly in my price range.
Anyone got experience with this? Other suggestions are still welcome.
#13
The SR505 is a great bass. Ibanez has made about a million billion of them though so they're pretty cheap used