#1
hey guys, just saying i have a peice of **** fender squire p bass and i need a new one. i was looking at the fender j-bass, but before i buy anything, i was wondering if i should buy a five or six string bass. like i need to know the advantages of having one, and the disadvantages. should i stay with the j bass, or should i buy a nice 5-6 string??
#2
ask yourself this:

do you need 2 extra strings?

its called a bass not a treble.
#3
It kinda depends on what music you will be playing. The J bass is very versitle.

however, if if do play a lot of heavy stuff and find it annoying to constantly down tune your E string, you may want to purchase a 5 string.
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#4
well 2 extra strings will be lower then the E so if you think you need it then yeah
#5
it depends on what you play, ive got a musicman sub5 along with other four string basses, and depending on my mood/what i want to play as to which guitar i use, when playing a 4 string needs alot less precision when playing, i use to get lost easily on my 5 string, not on the frets but what string im playing,i still do every so often if im jumping around n stuff.

it depends what you like, try a few out and buy the one you're most happy with
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#6
ya thats what i mean, i like stuff from like as blood runs black, august burns red, and me and my band usually play dropped tuned, so i think that would be worth it, even though the j bass is nice ass. but any ideas of a good 5-6 string bass??
#7
Quote by willy_99
well 2 extra strings will be lower then the E so if you think you need it then yeah

No it won't. I'm pretty sure one is a low B and the other is a high C.
#8
I'm no bassist, but from my experience with the instrument, being creative with the 4 strings it has by default always wins me over more than someone with 6 strings playing in the upper register because they can.
#9
I'd say go for the 6.
More versatility.
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#11
It's not about "heavier" or whatever. It's about versatility and having more available notes in each position.

If you haven't tried 5 or 6 string basses and don't feel the need for it then I'd say stick with a four.
#14
but how about a '70 eb-3, my friend is sellin his (no idea why) but i heard phobias about gibson basses, is that one good or no??
#15
Quote by smb
It's not about "heavier" or whatever. It's about versatility and having more available notes in each position.

If you haven't tried 5 or 6 string basses and don't feel the need for it then I'd say stick with a four.


I have been a 4 string bass kinda gal for some time now, but I am thinking of getting a Jazz V24 for the very reasons that smb is stating above. The extra string and the 24 frets maximize that for me.

Now I just wish Fender offered that bass in a few more finishes
#16
anarkee the problem will be when you get used to the 5 strings and 24 frets and then your 4 string 20/22 fret basses will feel really limiting! Still, the limitation is often good for the creative juices...

Quote by bassbrotha
but how about a '70 eb-3, my friend is sellin his (no idea why) but i heard phobias about gibson basses, is that one good or no??

Some people love them, but a lot of people complain about bad balance (the headstocks tend to dive for the floor if you're not hanging on to the neck) and very muddy tone from the pickups. I haven't played one, myself.
#17
Quote by bassbrotha
lol ill guess ill stick it with a j-bass


Id reccomend upgrading to a fiver, There are no real disadvantages to having the extra low B in your arsenal. And you really like the Jazz bass they do make 5 string J's
#18
I love my 5 string to death and I wish I just stepped it up to the 6 string version. The Ibanez Sr505 for anyone who is wondering. I feel if I already have a big neck and a harder time slapping, why not go for that high C? Personally I think my next bass will be a 6 string.


Hopefully it will be the Bongo 6 when it comes out :drool:.
#19
If you droptune frequently it would be worth a 5 string. But as was mentioned earlier it's really all about the higher availability of notes in the same position, which is good for your economy of motion
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#20
I like 5ers when they are tuned EADGC verus BEADG Im not a fan of the B, I find it floppy and stuff, It just depends on what you play, If you like messin more with higher notes you can get a 5, or a 6 and have both of both worlds. But 4 string isnt a bad option at all.
#21
It's a matter of taste. I mostly play 6-string and find it way easier to play a lot of things live because of what I can play in one position. It also was easier when guitarists are switching guitars for different drop tuning or 1/2 step down; I just transpose on the 6.
I find at jams other bassists give me a hard time because I think I'm the only 6-string player and the only fretless player, but that's the instrument I best express myself with and thats the important thing.
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#22
Quote by bassbrotha
ya thats what i mean, i like stuff from like as blood runs black, august burns red, and me and my band usually play dropped tuned, so i think that would be worth it, even though the j bass is nice ass. but any ideas of a good 5-6 string bass??


I recommend you to buy a fiver you dont need the c string unlesss you wanna play more higher notes
#23
To the people saying fivers are great for drop tuned songs... I'm gonna say yes and no. I always say this when the point comes up. I've been a five string player for a few years now, and I still drop tune. Why? Cos sometimes some things are just too damn hard to play without drop tuning that E to a D.

Everything else I'd say is just reiterating what has been said.