#1
im getting a bass soon and my friends tell me to get a 5 but all the tabs i look at usually on use 4 strings so is there any reason to get a 5?
#3
If you're just starting out, no you don't need a 5. Just get a decent 4 and when you need it (i.e get advanced and want to branch out and use new sounds) then get a 5. I did exactly that. Got a cheap 4 string, played for a year, got good and then now i am just about to buy a 5.

But if its not your first bass and you're reasonably good, knock yourself out, try one and find out.
#7
If you're new, a 4er is recommended.

More strings are simply there is you feel the range of the bass is limited. Some people feel a G is not high enough, so get 5er with a high C. Same goes for the longing for lower range and getting a low B. Some feel the need for both and go 6 strings and beyond.

Simply get what you are comfortable with.
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#8
get a 5 cos if you need 5 strings when u progress u will be like oh sh!t, and if u dont need it, its could be fun to write somgs with anyway
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get a 5 cos if you need 5 strings when u progress u will be like oh sh!t, and if u dont need it, its could be fun to write somgs with anyway

Sound advice, start as you mean to go on, 5 strings open doors that are closed to four string basses
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#10
With 5 strings, don't think about "oh, I can hit lower notes." Think "oh, I have more ways to play something, more tonal possibilities."

Admittedly, I didn't get a 5er until 2 years after I started playing. It opened up a whole world of new sounds, as well as the principle of "economy of motion." The extra string allows you to lock your hand, meaning you don't get fatigued as quickly (not having to change hand positions all the time is a bonus).

However, a fiver isn't NECESSARY for rock, metal etc. A lot of bassists do without it (Ryan Martinie of Mudvayne uses a 4 string more than a 5, Steve Harris uses a four, the list goes on and on). As I said, don't think "oh, I have 5 extra notes." You can make your sound work without those low notes that are absent on a 4 string. Go to a shop, try some out, 4's, 5's, 6's, whatever, and see what you feel comfortable with. The great thing about music is that you can petty much do anything with whatever tools you have at your disposal. You can knock out just as much solo chops on a 4 as you can any other bass.
#11
I use a 5. I don't use the B string all that much though. But if you have a need for an economy of motion that can take you into 3rd E range and D, Put a high C string on it! That's the glory of a 5, You can have a lower economy of motion, or a higher one pending on what you play. But if you're a begginer, I suggest going with a 4. Just the way I feel about it.
#12
It took me a year and a half after starting to get my black covertte, I use a fiver (tuned EADGC) and I couldn't live without my C string. I don't use it for cover songs, but for the music I compose it's vital. Tapping, harmonics, chords, I love them all.
#13
get it!!!its fun it makes it that much more different from a guitar

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#14
if i just started learning, in today's music environment, i would start on a 5 string.
adjusting to a 5, after so many years of a 4 string, was very akward for me. not to mention with a 5'ver, you can play a drop D song without de-tuning.
#15
Totally not worth it.
I bought a 5-er for m old metal band, but I ended up HATING it. All I use now is a 4-string. Feels good. Feels right.
If you're starting, get a 4-string first. Then, think a bout a 5 after you've played for a while
#16
i like the four string bass, but i just got my first bass this christmas and alot of primus stuff i want to play uses 6 strings so, im going to get a six string but i think its good to have both cause if i was going to play something that didnt need a 5 or six string i would just use a four, ive never even played a 5 or 6 string but its obvious to play some things your going to need it, but i would just by a four until you feel comfortable with it and then if you come across stuff you like that you need a five or six string, get it too, but i wouldnt buy a five string i would buy a six after the four.
#17
my b is my best friend lol i mean tapping i don't have to have my hands so far apart for some pieces its just my beloved string and i would LOVE a 6 for the same reason ( as well as shaming little pricks who are leik OMFG HES GOT LESS STRINGS N ME HE CANT B AS GOOD)


if u really love the feel of a five go for it but if u love 4 or 6 or 7 or hell even 12 or 13 extended range (yes they are awesomely huge) if u like the feel
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#18
What these guys say.

If you're into dropped tunings, such as Carcass, Morbid Angel, Type O Negative, or the recent influx of fake grindcore, I suggest getting a 5 string with a low B, just so you don't have to tune it back and forth every time you want to play standard.
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#19
I don't know what you should do, but I'd just like to address the drop tuning issue. 5'ers are no more useful for drop tunings than 4 strings. Often times when that string is dropped it's used as a bounce off string or a drone/pedal. There's no way you can do any of those thiings with a low B.
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I don't know what you should do, but I'd just like to address the drop tuning issue. 5'ers are no more useful for drop tunings than 4 strings. Often times when that string is dropped it's used as a bounce off string or a drone/pedal. There's no way you can do any of those thiings with a low B.


Exactly. I always say this when the drop tuning issue comes up about fivers- there's a shedload of riffs that become a lot harder, or even near impossible, to play if you don't drop tune the E, even if you have the D on that there B string.