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What to you like / dislike about 5 string basses?

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Comment by christopher washington on May 14, 2015 at 6:12pm

I played 4 strings exclusively for almost 30 years before moving to a 5 (guy was selling a Warwick standard 5 bubinga bass for $600 on Craigslist. Couldn't pass it up).

anyway, I see the advantages of the 5; I even had a 6 for a while but developing arthritis in my index finger on my fretting hand was getting too difficult. I just got a Carvin LB75 (it'll be here next week) and I really do love the tones of a 5. More mass in wood translates into more resonance. Maybe its just me.

Comment by Chris on November 5, 2011 at 8:08am
I find it odd going back to 4 strings. I was playing a Fender Jazz Precision the other day, and it felt wrong, dropping to E and there not being anything by way of a rest for my thumb. Thanks, bad posture.
Comment by Anthony Metroplis on August 28, 2011 at 12:08am
Nothing so far. However, I am so new that any comment would be kinda useless, although I am enjoying the learning process again.
Comment by Wren McKinley on June 4, 2011 at 11:36am
My Ibanez Gary Willis and Tune TW-B5. Both fretless
Comment by Wren McKinley on June 4, 2011 at 11:34am
Comment by Nick Lower on March 23, 2011 at 6:47pm
I like the increased capabilities of the 5 string. although, i love both my 4 strings, my 5 string sees the most playing time
Comment by Vinnie Anderson on February 9, 2011 at 2:17pm
Jeremy, I agree. Also, I've always used a pick while playing. I like the crisp sound I get but in the last few months I'm starting to use a pick less and less.
Comment by Jeremy Bassman J Benoit on February 8, 2011 at 3:17am
i like the finger spacing on a 5 string the strings are closer together so i can get my fingers and thumb in there faster
Comment by Ray on February 4, 2011 at 4:34pm
I have a six string fretless, but there's something about 5 strings that are just cool too play.My main axes are 5 strings.
Comment by Vinnie Anderson on January 27, 2011 at 10:40am
I don't think there's anything I dislike about 5 string basses. I'll never go back to 4 strings!

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