#1
I am going to be playing bass for a rock band, shoud I get a 4 string or 5 string bass?
Opinions please...
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#3
If your only just starting to play bass I suggest a 4 string.
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#4
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If your only just starting to play bass I suggest a 4 string.


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#5
I would say get a 4 string if you are just starting out and filling in for a band
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#6
Go with a 4 unless you think you'll be in anything lower than drop C and don't want all that slacky flap on the strings.
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#8
For a straight up white boy rock band you probably won't need a 5 string. I don't own a five string and that's what I play and I've never found a need for one. If you start venturing into a lot of metal MAYBE get a five string. But most likely you won't need a five string so don't get one.
#9
if your only buying one to play with 1 band you probably just should get someone else to play it
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#10
First bass, filling in, just starting. Get a four string.
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#12
wut kinf of music r u playing?...if its lower than drop C, then get 5 stringer...but otherwise you'll be fine with a four string
#13
If you're doing lots of/mostly covers, get a four string. If you'll be playing mostly root notes, get a four string. If you'll be doing much slapping get a four string.

If you'll be writing your own basslines and want as much flexibility as possible, get a five string. If you want to be able to easily access three octaves, get a five string.
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#14
I suggest a 5 string for the ease of being able to use more notes. Plus (depending on what bass you buy) if you have small hands, it'll most likely have smaller string spacing than a 4 string. The downside is they're a little heavier.
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#15
I say for just starting, I.e filling in, not getting serious, just get a 4string. If your not going to become a full time bassist, you don't need to spend extra money on something you'll only use in specific types of music.
#16
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I say for just starting, I.e filling in, not getting serious, just get a 4string. If your not going to become a full time bassist, you don't need to spend extra money on something you'll only use in specific types of music.


No, I am going to be serious with it. I love bass. I have been playing my grandpa's bass, its a 4 string Schetor or however you spell it. I am going to be in a serious band, no covers!
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#18
you have to go with a four string unlease you want a lower sound then go with five
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#19
If you're serious, just go for the 5-string. You won't need to get used to the B string later if you get used to it in the beginning. Either that, or try to use that Schecter.

In all seriousness though, it's up to you. Don't let a crowd of nameless asshats from the internet tell you what kind of bass to get. If you think you'll use the lower notes, get a fiver. If not, four.
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#20
I say get a 5-string. That way you won't need to worry about upgrading later, and you'll also still be prepared if you decide to get a 4-string afterward.
#21
If you want to be serious with it and have really nice bass lines, get a 5 string for more range.

A "rock band". You sound like that guy in the bowflex commercial lol.
#22
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In all seriousness though, it's up to you. Don't let a crowd of nameless asshats from the internet tell you what kind of bass to get. If you think you'll use the lower notes, get a fiver. If not, four.


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If you're serious, just go for the 5-string. You won't need to get used to the B string later if you get used to it in the beginning. Either that, or try to use that Schecter.


playing a 5 string, you pretty much are playing a 4 string bass with another string for a thumbrest most of the time. thats how it feels to me at least. it can be a constictive pain, whether he starts off on it or not. i agree on the schecter though, great bass.

if you are going to be buying a 5er, for gods sake make sure its a 35 inch scale at least. i made that mistake with my hohner, but i still love it.
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#23
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A "rock band". You sound like that guy in the bowflex commercial lol.


LOL. sorry for the double post, but your right. i hate that commercial. 50 year old dude plays like 3 notes on a Rogue and says "look how young and hip i am." i cry a little inside every time i see that commercial.
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LOL. sorry for the double post, but your right. i hate that commercial. 50 year old dude plays like 3 notes on a Rogue and says "look how young and hip i am." i cry a little inside every time i see that commercial.


And I totally hate his stance too. Yeah it does make me cry inside too.
#25
baritone 6 string guitar =S


no -- go 4 string
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#26
be hardcore, go for an 8-string.
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#27
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be hardcore, go for an 8-string.


Yeah, those are pretty cool. Or get a 12-string if you want to go all out.

I saw an 18-string once. That was insane.
#28
i saw a twelve before. i mean 12 seperate strings. it was on this forum sumwhere
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#30
whatever you want. look up the artist you are covering if the mojoraty use 5 strings get a 5 string if not then it's easyer to start out on a 4 and then eventually you will decide weather you want to move to 5 string primary or stick to the 'ol 4 string.

but if you are covering bands whose bassists all use 5 strings then you will be VERY frustrated later on. no sense in paying $300 an a decent 4 string then haveing to turn around a few months down the road and drop maybe $450 on a decent 5 string when you could have just bought a $500 5 string to begin with.


when i first played bass i was all into punk like rancid, Offspring, AFI. butr then i got turned onto mudvayne, Children of bodom, cradle of filth and they all use 5 strings most of the time so thats what turned me onto getting a 5 string and now i love my 5 string and my primary will allways be a 5 string
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