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4 or 5 string for first bass

Discussion in 'Backline' started by Doctor Gay, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. Doctor Gay

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    I was thinking of making the switch to bass. Primarilary because I suck at tech metal on guitar. Is the transition less stressful?

    I was planning on picking up a $150 squier. Should I savces more?
     
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    I made the same switch about a year and a half ago. I bought a 5 string ESP LTD. I think I paid something like 400$ for it, and I was really happy with the quality. However, I just got an Epiphone Thunderbird and IMO it's better. I don't think you'll have a problem at all transitioning to bass, whether its 4 or 5 strings. 4 string basses have a bit more space between the strings.
     
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    5 string bass is great for playing 4 string stuff, but a 4 string bass won't allow you to play 5 string stuff ;)

    I'd save a bit more and go for the Squier Vintage Modified Jazz 5 string if you can. Will last you a VERY long time. Whereas a $150 cheapo you'll want to upgrade not long after you've bought it I'd imagine.
     
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    I have a 5 string and now wish I had got a 6 string instead.

    4 strings are much more comfortable for slap bass though, because the strings are spaced further apart.
     
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    Apart from the space thing, I like what I'm hearing, seems like I'll hold out til I can get a 5-string. Worst case scenario, I should be able to remove a string.

    @josh I don't even use 6 strings on guitar, lol, but thanks for your insight!
     
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    I bought a 5 string as my first bass and loved it. I'm borrowing a four string currently just for the hell of it.
     

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