#1
I really want to get a 5-string. i just don't know how i should get aound to doing it...
should i get a whole new bass, or just get a neck? i have a lot of (bass) bodies lying around...
#2
Do NOT get a new neck. The string spacing will be totally messed up if you get a new neck... you'll also need a new bridge. Don't do it.

Also, if you really need the low B string, go ahead and tune your 4-string B-E-A-D. If you tune it like that and feel you REALLY still need that G string (personally, I just shift hand positions and can play most of the stuff I needed to from the G on the D), get a 5'er.
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#3
yea, your best bet is to tune your 4 string to BEAD, and see how you like it. if you like it, then go and get a 5 stiring, if not, then dont.

but buying a new neck and bridge wont work, you will have to route the cavity out and possibly get new pups. it would probably be cheaper to get a new bass
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#4
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yea, your best bet is to tune your 4 string to BEAD, and see how you like it. if you like it, then go and get a 5 stiring, if not, then dont.

but buying a new neck and bridge wont work, you will have to route the cavity out and possibly get new pups. it would probably be cheaper to get a new bass


I've seen 5-string necks that retrofit 4 string bodies... and I shudder.
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#5
i dont think i could play something with that tight of a string spacing.
i would shudder too.
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You don't argue with tubadude on Washburn-related matters, he flosses with the G string from a set of 0.12's y'know....and it's WOUND!
#6
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Also, if you really need the low B string, go ahead and tune your 4-string B-E-A-D.



Unless he has some really good strings, tuning down 3 steps will sound like hell...
#7
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Unless he has some really good strings, tuning down 3 steps will sound like hell...


Go to the bass store and buy a single low B string, they're about $10. Or, buy a 5 string set and put the G in a guitar case. That's what I did. Don't tune a .105 string to B... instead, try these gauges:

.130 .105 .85 .70

That's what I (and many BEAD players) use.
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I was looking at a used Warwick Vampyre LTD 5'er for about $200. I went home to grab my wallet and came back and some jerk with an epic beard got it already..