#3
It can be either. But 99% of the time, it is a low B. The alternative is a high C, but that's relatively rare.
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#4
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Is the extra 5th string higher or lower?


Depends on how you string it, really.
#7
are the strings B,E,A,D,G? like can you play any song u know from a 4 string using a a 5 string? and just not suing the top string(B)?
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#9
haha wudnt most people want to buy a 5 string then if it has an extra string? especially if they are writing there own stuff....
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haha wudnt most people want to buy a 5 string then if it has an extra string? especially if they are writing there own stuff....


String spacing is an issue with some 5ers, and thats why slap bass can be difficult on some of them. Also, if you are used to a 4 string, your used to having an E string right in front of you. Lastly, the fifth string could be unecessary for your purposes.

Then again, there are some connotations that come across when you have a 5 string, but that doesn't matter too much now as they are getting very common.
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Then again, there are some connotations that come across when you have a 5 string, but that doesn't matter too much now as they are getting very common.


...such as "5-string = Metal bassist" or "too lazy to drop-tune" or something like that. That's what I could think of, anyway. Enlighten me if I'm wrong.

The typical 5-string is BEADG, like everyone has been saying. There are some hold-outs who prefer the EADGC method, where the C is a high note. This is for a more melodic outfit and style of play, whereas a low B is more commonly used for a deeper rhythm note. Of course, you have to learn how to use that extra string effectively to warrant the need for it.

Personal preference has my low B set to an A.

Really though, 5-strings were made for one reason: More notes. To some players, more notes = more versatility. I play a 6-string for this reason, and I'm looking into a 7-string because of that reason and also to the fact that I am insane.
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#13
yeah, i'm staying away form a 5er right now bc of the neck width

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...such as "5-string = Metal bassist" or "too lazy to drop-tune" or something like that. That's what I could think of, anyway. Enlighten me if I'm wrong.


Yeah I was think more along the lines of "nu-metal", but you got the jist of it.
#17
Personally I love my low B string. Say you wanted to play an E major scale. With a 5 string, you can much more easily. I love being able to move positions around and such, and some of the music I play (99% of the time being Metal) uses the Low B string. Overall, just adds to versatility, and almost eliminates the need to drop tune (unless you're Cannibal Corpse ).
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#18
I love not detuning. The string doesn't get so loose and you can play more comfortable in one postion.
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#19
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...such as "5-string = Metal bassist" or "too lazy to drop-tune" or something like that. That's what I could think of, anyway. Enlighten me if I'm wrong.


That or ska. I'm seriously looking to get a 5 string as my new bass for more notes. I'd rather finger than slap, but sometimes they add some better sound to songs. Then later I might consider a fretless for the sweet sliding and softer sound.