#1
I have been recording a bit lately and am missing that amazing low end. I already play alot of instruments and figure learning bass good enough to record my own bass lines and all can't be beyond me...

So I think I want a 5 string because:

1.) I would probably practice with alot of Children of Bodom songs, in which Henkka plays 5-string alot.
2.) Why not? It gives you lower notes for different feel...

So my questions are:

1.) What brand(s) have good 5-strings that aren't over-priced. (I don't need an exceptional bass, just not a crappy one.
2.) It is possible to tune a 5-string bass down one step right? (I play guitar 1 step down always)

Alright, I think that's it. Thanks in advance.
#2
Lots of these topics lately. Is February the month when guitar players try to convert to bassists?

Anyway, the Peavey 5 strings are pretty good. So are the Schecters. Check them out.

You're gonna get a lot of people recommending you learn on a 4 string.
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#3
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Lots of these topics lately. Is February the month when guitar players try to convert to bassists?

Anyway, the Peavey 5 strings are pretty good. So are the Schecters. Check them out.

You're gonna get a lot of people recommending you learn on a 4 string.


Thanks

And yea I figured people would give me **** about learning on a 5-string. I know I'm gonna regret it if I go with a 4-string. So I'm just gonna get a 5-string.
#4
The problem with down tuning 5 strings is that if they're on the cheaper end of the spectrum the B string will be too floppy. I don't own a 5-er, but I know that even at standard tuning the B string will be too floppy on cheaper basses fairly often.
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#5
I'd suggest Schecter for your price, or ESP. Especially ESP, they make their basses with a 35" scale, which makes for a nice tight (still using the word sort of loosely, no pun intended) B String. I've never played an ESP bass I didn't like, even my mighty F-104
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#7
Not too much higher, maybe 50-135 gauge. It'll help, but won't make a whole lot of difference. I suggest rotosounds
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#9
Rotosounds are a type of string (didn't know if that's what you meant)

but I bet Schecter would work perfect for you. I bought a Schecter Stiletto Studio-5, and I love the sounds I can get.

Also don't listen to anyone who says you can't learn on a 5 string.
#10
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#11
Rotosounds are a brand of strings bro. If you play metal and stuff like CoB, I suggest ESP over schecter. Check out the F405, they're amazing both to play and look at.
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#12
i seen a fairly cheap 5 string made by a company called Axl, if you are looking to spend less than $500. It was about $300, but i am not sure about the sound (i didn't get to play it with an amp).

I would go with Schecter, they aren't insanly expensive.

As always, great desision to get a bass
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