#1
i play bass in a band because i like to do both. i play a squier 4 string bc it was on sale (bad choice)

i found out i could get an american jazz bass for 400$ from a close friend. its a five string.

my other friend said there is no point on getting a 5 string until you have completely mastered using a 4 string. to me thats stupid bc i can get a 1200 bass for a a third of the price

so bassists of UG should i get the 5 string even though im not really an accomplished bassist (basically i can do walking basslines, decent amounts of slapping and popping [think rhcp] and ya i jam on bass alot with my friends)

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Yeh the SICK! bit sounds a bit stupid.

#2
go for it, coz it wiull just make u want to play more
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#3
heck yes!
If the bass is working properly and you like it thats one heck of a steal.
If you dont like it get it anyway and you can sell it for double.Having 5 strings is just like having an extra toe, if you dont play it.It wont really get in the way.
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#4
You will have to get used to the extra string. Especially with popping and slapping. If you think you can handle it, then go for it. You don't NEED to be Les Claypool or Victor Wooten to play a bass with more than four strings, no need to be a master at it, but it is a little different.
#5
Of course. There's no reason not to, just make sure it's right for you and that you're comfortable with it. As long as you're comfortable on a fiver, it'll do nothing but help you. You have more notes in any one hand position at any given time, so why is that bad? Plus, that's a hell of a deal.
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#6
okay i will see what i can do to get it. hopefully he doesnt put it on ebay!

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Yeh the SICK! bit sounds a bit stupid.

#7
I had the same problem with getting a 7 string guitar, but i got it even though im not that good at guitar, took some time to get used to bigger neck, but after that it was great
#8
I was in your same position, I got an Ibanez acoustic bass for basically nothing, though Id barely even dabbled in bass. Maybe youll play it and develop a crazy love for bass, and like someone mentioned ^, worst case scenario, you sell it.
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I was in your same position, I got an Ibanez acoustic bass for basically nothing, though Id barely even dabbled in bass. Maybe youll play it and develop a crazy love for bass, and like someone mentioned ^, worst case scenario, you sell it.

ABG's are very dodgy and unless it's a thunderchief I doubt they'd ever get someone into bass guitar...
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#10
well it would be kinda stoopid if you intend on keepin up bass... to wait until your 'ready' and then spend 1200 so id say go for it!
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i play bass in a band because i like to do both. i play a squier 4 string bc it was on sale (bad choice)

i found out i could get an american jazz bass for 400$ from a close friend. its a five string.

my other friend said there is no point on getting a 5 string until you have completely mastered using a 4 string. to me thats stupid bc i can get a 1200 bass for a a third of the price

so bassists of UG should i get the 5 string even though im not really an accomplished bassist (basically i can do walking basslines, decent amounts of slapping and popping [think rhcp] and ya i jam on bass alot with my friends)


If you're gonna play it frequently go for it. Thats a deal not to be sniffed at. Hell i'd have bitten the guys hand off.
#13
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i found out i could get an american jazz bass for 400$ from a close friend. its a five string.


Do want

£200? Thats cheaper than a Mexican Jazz for crying out loud :*(
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#14
5-strings are no harder to play, its not like there's some secret to playing them, its just a wider neck and closer string spacing, absolutely buy it you won't regret and you will become a superior musician.
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#15
do it. I would take that deal in a second. you should whip out your wallet, pay, grab the bass, and run. lucky man.
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#16
You should definately get it. I once had a MIA Jazz but sold it cus of some problems with the nut (which would have been an easy fix). It was the biggest mistake of my life .
#17
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You will have to get used to the extra string. Especially with popping and slapping. If you think you can handle it, then go for it. You don't NEED to be Les Claypool or Victor Wooten to play a bass with more than four strings, no need to be a master at it, but it is a little different.

Best-put response of this thread so far.

TS, your friend is wrong when he says that you cannot play a fiver until you master a four. That's ridiculous. However... I totally disagree with people who say that having a fifth string doesn't get in the way in any way whatsoever. Maybe I've got some kind of psychological dependency on the E string being my lowest string, but playing a fiver to me is uncomfortable, because I haven't gotten used to it yet. And of course, the neck width takes a little getting used to too.

I say that to say this: buy that bass TODAY. Learning to play a fiver is learning to drive a standard. At first, it'll be uncomfortable, but it's a totally great thing to learn how to do, even if you don't plan on using one all the time. Plus, as has been said, $400 for a MIA? Freaking STEAL.
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Best-put response of this thread so far.

TS, your friend is wrong when he says that you cannot play a fiver until you master a four. That's ridiculous. However... I totally disagree with people who say that having a fifth string doesn't get in the way in any way whatsoever. Maybe I've got some kind of psychological dependency on the E string being my lowest string, but playing a fiver to me is uncomfortable, because I haven't gotten used to it yet. And of course, the neck width takes a little getting used to too.

I say that to say this: buy that bass TODAY. Learning to play a fiver is learning to drive a standard. At first, it'll be uncomfortable, but it's a totally great thing to learn how to do, even if you don't plan on using one all the time. Plus, as has been said, $400 for a MIA? Freaking STEAL.


Your are simply used to 4 strings. As said before, it is only harder because it is different. I play 5 better than 4, simply because I am amore used to playing on a 5.
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#19
Tell your friend to shut up. More strings =/= more difficulty. Then run and get that fiver. I'd NEVER blow the chance to get that bass for so cheap. Hell if you end up not liking it, I'm pretty sure you could sell it for more than what you paid for it.
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Your are simply used to 4 strings. As said before, it is only harder because it is different. I play 5 better than 4, simply because I am amore used to playing on a 5.

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TS, your friend is wrong when he says that you cannot play a fiver until you master a four. That's ridiculous. However... I totally disagree with people who say that having a fifth string doesn't get in the way in any way whatsoever. Maybe I've got some kind of psychological dependency on the E string being my lowest string, but playing a fiver to me is uncomfortable, because I haven't gotten used to it yet. And of course, the neck width takes a little getting used to too.


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When you search deep inside yourself, gm jack, you'll find that you and I are actually one and the same.


I was agreeing and reitterating. You said it in a more 'probably' way. I said definately.
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Best-put response of this thread so far.

TS, your friend is wrong when he says that you cannot play a fiver until you master a four. That's ridiculous. However... I totally disagree with people who say that having a fifth string doesn't get in the way in any way whatsoever. Maybe I've got some kind of psychological dependency on the E string being my lowest string, but playing a fiver to me is uncomfortable, because I haven't gotten used to it yet. And of course, the neck width takes a little getting used to too.

I say that to say this: buy that bass TODAY. Learning to play a fiver is learning to drive a standard. At first, it'll be uncomfortable, but it's a totally great thing to learn how to do, even if you don't plan on using one all the time. Plus, as has been said, $400 for a MIA? Freaking STEAL.


Personally I find fivers more comfortable to play and I disagree that learning on a 5 string is any different from learning on a 4, it's the same except the string spacing is tighter, you could just be playing on a bass with smaller string spacing!
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#23
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my other friend said there is no point on getting a 5 string until you have completely mastered using a 4 string.


Every time I read something like this I facepalm. Seriously, more strings =/= more skill. It's just different, and, to me, more convenient because you don't have to move around the fretboard quite so much.

But go for it, it sounds like a good deal. And if you don't like it, sell it.=P