#1
Okay, I'm trying to decide between the Ibanez SR500 and the SR505. They are basically the same guitar, only the 505 is, obviously, a five-string. I have no clue about what number of strings to go with. I know that you get more tone options with a five string, but what worries me is that anytime I find a scale chart for bass, it is always for a four string.

I know this is a really newbie question, but are scales and such different for a five string? It seems like they would have to be.

Any opinions will the greatly appreciated!!!!!
#2
You could use the scale chart just on the top four strings?

Unless you want the scales for the low b too, in which case, you could just add them in?
#3
five string basses are good because you dont have to go drop d or anything the strings low to high are B E A D G
#5
A 5 string is a 4 string bass with an extra low string added on. For the scale charts, it would be exactly the same as a 4 string. I HIGHLY suggest the 5 string, it's much more versatile, you can play anything from metal to funk, and it'll sound great. the 505 gets my vote!
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#6
i love my 5 stringer a lot more then 4 stringers, but this is all about personal preference
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#7
in my humble opinion, it's best to go either 6 or 4 for string count. in a jazz setting where you're in the background, it's best to have a 6 string to hit both the high and low notes that would either be impossible or a pain in the ass to reach otherwise. if however you're playing a piece where you're right up front and you need to do some slapping or fast playing, 4 strings can't be beat because the strings are nice and spaced out, and it's way harder to get confused and hit the wrong strings.

so my vote is 6 string for background, 4 string for fore-ground. of course if you don't want to buy two basses, 5 strings are the way to go, though if you're playing jazz, you may want to go with tuning EADGC instead of BEADG; higher notes are more commmon i find in most jazz.
#8
Yeah, this bass is going to be for Black and Death metal so I really won't be worried about "slap-ability". I will, however, be worried about Ultra-Fast-Machine-Gun speed, so it would probably be better to go with the closer string spacing.