#1
me and my friend are gonna starta metal band over summer.. it will be my 2nd bass.. im going to get a schecter elite-4 or 5..

ive heard that 5 string is good for metal and stuff but in my spare time im also gonna mess around with some punk stuff.. would a 5 be good for that or should i just stick w/ a 4
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#3
for metal, go for the five. its a lot easier to get octives and cord structure for more complex lines.
#5
well, if you're new, stick to the four string. the only reason a fiver would be good for metal is that you can play lower notes without having to downtune. fact is, it's not magically "easier" to play one genre on a certain bass than to play on another bass, it's your talent that dictates how easy it will be.

on another note, what's wrong with your old bass?
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#6
personally i hate any bass with more than 4 strings

but thats just me, it could be good for metal
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personally i hate any bass with more than 4 strings

any particular reason?
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well, if you're new, stick to the four string. the only reason a fiver would be good for metal is that you can play lower notes without having to downtune. fact is, it's not magically "easier" to play one genre on a certain bass than to play on another bass, it's your talent that dictates how easy it will be.

on another note, what's wrong with your old bass?


the bass i have now is a ibanez that u get from the starter pack.. ive been playing for a little over half a year now and just wanted to "upgrade" i guess

thx for the advice though..
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#9
If you already have a 4 string, go with a 5 string.

Or you could just tune down a 4 string.
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any particular reason?


i dont think a bass needs anymore than 4 strings and i dont like the look
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#11
haha, half a year and you're already wanting to upgrade. i suppose i know the feeling, though it was more because of my old guitar being a piece of crap.
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i dont think a bass needs anymore than 4 strings and i dont like the look

how do you feel about 7-string guitars then? true, you don't really need more strings, but alot of times, a four-string won't cut it and you can only downtune so much. and i understand the looks thing, though a five-string isn't much different than a four, though those 6+ string basses get a bit absurd after a while.
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how do you feel about 7-string guitars then? true, you don't really need more strings, but alot of times, a four-string won't cut it and you can only downtune so much. and i understand the looks thing, though a five-string isn't much different than a four, though those 6+ string basses get a bit absurd after a while.


i dont really like 7 string guitars either

well for me all i need is 4 strings
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haha, half a year and you're already wanting to upgrade. i suppose i know the feeling, though it was more because of my old guitar being a piece of crap.

lol well id rather get something that will last me for quite a while now then later.. plus if i get the 5 it will get me used to using the extra string somewhat early..
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#15
Yea get the Schecter Stiletto Elite. 5 strings rule man! U can get the low end, or the high end depending how u tune, and can put in some cute arpeggios here & there. GO get the 5 stringer boy!

And about upgrading, well what I prefer is to either buy something good at the start, or upgrade as soon as u can tell the difference b/w quality & poop. 6 months duration is good enough for me, no prob. U might wanna do something about ur amp too if u havent done already. It effects a major chunk of ur tone.
#16
ya know, you could just get the five, and use the B string for your metal stuff, and you can still play punk on the EADG of the 5 string.
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#17
If you are downtuning a lot for metal then buy the 5, if you don't think you will need the extra thing it's only going to get in your way if you don't use it. Schecter are very good though.
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#18
5 string FTW!

I stayed away from using one for ages because I didn't see the need. Then I played a gig (filling in for another band as their bassist broke his wrist) and found it a nightmare having to retune my bass every couple of songs because they played songs in various tunings.
Then one day I was doing my usual 'try every guitar in the shop' routine (even though I only wanted a new set of strings ) and decided to try one out. It took a while to get used to a thicker neck but I soon realised I could play all the down tuned stuff and just skip the low b and play it like a normal bass for other songs.
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#19
Get a Chapman stick.

That'll show-em how many strings are needed.


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#20
That looks like a 12 string guitar with 1 bass string in the middle
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#21
5 string FTW, I have that exact same bass. It's great, and for metal it kicks @$$. Go for it!
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#22
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i dont really like 7 string guitars either
well for me all i need is 4 strings
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