#1
Alright everybody, i did a search bar on this and couldn't find anything,. I am looking into getting a new bass. I have been playing for about a year now and i am getting decent at playing and i want a bass other than my starter pack. I have been looking at 5 and six string basses for a while and like the sounds of them. I am pretty intimaded by them though since they have big wide neck, and i have small/medium sized hands, i also played a 5 string at guitar center and didnt have too much of a problem exept i missed some strings and it wasnt as comfy as my 4. i play alot of classic rock, and LOVE funk, what do you guys think should do? get a 6 or stick with 4
#2
It all depends on the way you play.....

When playing on your four string, do you have to constantly change the tuning to get a broader a spectrum of notes? if you do, i would suggest getting a five string or a six string. However, if not, then i would suggest getting a pretty decent four string so you have a quality primary bass, then afterwards invest in an entry level five or six string to get the feel of it...

If you are worrid about small hand size then i would suggest talking to anarkee, i think i remeber her posting that she plays a 5 string and has pretty small hands.
#3
Don't worry about your hand size. With correct technique you will be able to play on necks on any thickness, width. Size doesn't matter. BUT, if you were to want something quite manageable, I would suggest trying an Ibanez SR506, they get abit of praise for for being really comfortable in terms of a six string neck. (If you have the cash and want to make me jealous, get a six string Bongo )
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#5
Maybe you should try looking at more 5s if you really intimidated by the 6 string necks. I find it really hard to get used to 6 strings because it might be too much to grasp at one time if your a 4 string player. But 5 strings i felt almost instantly comfortable with.
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#6
I'd go for the Ibanez SR506, like Nikki said, But in my opinion, 6-string basses aren't always appropriate or necessary for the music you're looking at. Most 6-string players (that I listen to anyway) play jazz-fusion or progressive/tech metal.

Getting a sixer WILL make you a more flexible player (with key changes and 'economy of motion') but you should ask yourself if it is necessary.
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#7
well i got a five string so I could play in drop d without have to tune different. getting a five or six string will be good if you ever want to get into anything different, but funk and classic rock need only 4 strings my friend. still the choice is yours.
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well i got a five string so I could play in drop d without have to tune different. getting a five or six string will be good if you ever want to get into anything different, but funk and classic rock need only 4 strings my friend. still the choice is yours.

Lol. Drop D? Come on man, most of the time you just have to turn the E string knob a full 360 degrees.

But thats off topic.

To be honest, take the middle ground between 4 and 6, a fiver.
#9
A few things:

One, more strings is not a substitute for down tuning.

Two, don't think that you lare imited by the genere you play, just because no one in classic rock uses a 6-string don't rule it out. If you think that you are going to use the extra notes, get a 6-string.

Three, it's not going to be a hard transition. You'll play it for a few hour and you'll pick it up. Mainly, you just have to get used to the tighter spacing.
#10
Transitioning to a 6-string from a 4-string isn't hard at all. The B-string almost feels natural (unless you're slapping), and the C-string only took me a few days to get used to. I don't regret buying either of my 6-strings at all.
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#12
I would suggest sticking with the 4 string. For most music that is all you will ever need. I play a 5 string and it is nice in concert band when playing off of tuba music which is much lower then bass, but since you are interested in funk i would stick with a 4 string and just jam out on that.
#13
It's a personal thing. There's no reason you can't play funk on a 6.
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I'm glad I'm not the only one who couldn't figure out what the hell he was trying to say.

What I mean is that drop D is easy to tune to; it doesn't require another string (drop C, however is annoying to tune to so a fifth string would become handy.
#18
Get a triple neck bass, one neck with 4 strings, one with 5, and one with 6. When you've figured out that the 6 string is where it's at, then cut off the 4 banger and fiver necks. Dilemma solved.
#19
Quote by Spankyx2
well i got a five string so I could play in drop d without have to tune different. getting a five or six string will be good if you ever want to get into anything different, but funk and classic rock need only 4 strings my friend. still the choice is yours.


Then you got a 5 string for the wrong reasons. The low B is NOT a replacement for drop tuning.
#20
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I'm glad I'm not the only one who couldn't figure out what the hell he was trying to say.

I think he is saying that to tune down a step you simply rotate your tuning peg 360 degrees. I don't know about you, but that seems like way too much.
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#21
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I think he is saying that to tune down a step you simply rotate your tuning peg 360 degrees. I don't know about you, but that seems like way too much.


Depends on the tuning ratio of your tuners to be honest.

I doubt it's as much as 360 degrees.
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#22
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I think he is saying that to tune down a step you simply rotate your tuning peg 360 degrees. I don't know about you, but that seems like way too much.

Considering that wood expands and contracts, I think the 360 degree advice is a ridiculous amount of bull... And even if the bass was all graphite, 360 degrees is a ridiculous amount.
#23
Depends if you think you need that extra high string or not. If you're playing chordy stuff then a 5 may not be enough seeing as you only get a lower string and the E is a bit blergh for chords as it is.

Not sure having an extra string for down-tuning is a good reason for having an extra string... but if Meshuggah use 8 string guitars I'm not gonna argue =P
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#24
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Get a triple neck bass, one neck with 4 strings, one with 5, and one with 6. When you've figured out that the 6 string is where it's at, then cut off the 4 banger and fiver necks. Dilemma solved.


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#25
You should be fine, six strings are easy to manage once you get the hang of it.

My problem with them however, is that I find the fatness of the neck really ugly. Yup, i'm pretty shallow.
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#26
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My problem with them however, is that I find the fatness of the neck really ugly. Yup, i'm pretty shallow.


Then I wouldn't have bought my 5er because it's body is way too huge for my body

But I still manage to look cool, 'cause I'm a smooth operator

Back on the subject, get a 6er if you have money, you won't regret it. I wish I can have one
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Then I wouldn't have bought my 5er because it's body is way too huge for my body

But I still manage to look cool, 'cause I'm a smooth operator

Back on the subject, get a 6er if you have money, you won't regret it. I wish I can have one

I'd love to get one, I personally enjoy the look of a fat piece of...bass...
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I'd love to get one, I personally enjoy the look of a fat piece of...bass...

but would you like to slap it right on the ...strings?
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but would you like to slap it right on the ...strings?

On a serious note, I can't slap very well. so no.


I prefer tapping.
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#30
^ lol
but on a serious note i have the 6 string sound gear and it is very awesome. the transition will take longer than a couple hours, unless your a virtuoso. ive had one around 6 months and im mostly used to it unless i took a really complicated string skipping sequence then sometimes ill accidently hammer on another string but ive only been playing for a little over a year around 1 yr and 4 months.
#31
God damn you all, you're making me think about getting a six string string when I should be foscusing on getting a new amp!
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