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View Poll Results: How many strings do you prefer?
4 29 58.00%
5 16 32.00%
6 4 8.00%
7 0 0%
8 0 0%
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Unread 06-07-2005, 05:28 AM   #31
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I like my 6. It has pretty narrow string spacing, but I love it. I don't slap, and I walk between strings a lot.

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Unread 06-07-2005, 02:24 PM   #32
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what kind of six do you have, Visirale? just wondering cuz im looking at buying one
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Unread 06-08-2005, 12:37 PM   #33
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I've been playing my fretted four mostly. I still pull out the fretless six for some things, but not too much lately.
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Unread 06-08-2005, 08:26 PM   #34
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I like 3 string basses

actually i have 5 which i enjoy. Im sure id like 6 more, but i dont have one.

Everytime i play a 4, i always feel naked without the ability to use that low B.
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Unread 06-24-2005, 11:30 PM   #35
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Hmm... Right now I only own a five string. And it has it's advantages and disadvantages. For me trying to get better at slapping the fifth string constantly gets in my way, but when I play more rockin stuff its more useful; you get the added notes from the B string. With that said you also dont have to tune in drop d... if you didn't want to already.
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Unread 07-11-2005, 07:06 PM   #36
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I been playing with 5 strings for 9 years now. Slapping the with B-string has never been any more problems than fingering it and I have two 5'vers with narrow spacing. Besides, I don't like playing in open keys, so if a song is called in E, I just anchor it on the fifth fret of the B string.
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Unread 09-01-2005, 07:24 PM   #37
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definately a six-more versatile
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Unread 09-03-2005, 02:27 PM   #38
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Ive only played five strings in stores... Ive been thinking about getting one for awhile and I finally did. Its not here yet so I wont vote untill it gets here and I have ample time to try it out. Ive always loved four strings and thought that it was enough, but lately Ive been looking for more. We will see.
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Unread 09-04-2005, 09:20 AM   #39
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4 string tuned C# A D G is the best
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Unread 09-04-2005, 09:37 AM   #40
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4 string tuned C# A D G is the best
If you're playing sucky hardcore music.

I like standard tuning.

Like I said, 6 is my favorite... That high C is AMAZING to have in jazz. A lot of licks become a lot more playable. I also like 4 though... It's simple enough, and I like it... But I can't do 5. I feel like there is either an extra string that shouldn't be there, or that I'm missing my high C. Even numbers = good.
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Unread 09-04-2005, 12:00 PM   #41
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Why don't you do 5 with a high C?

I prefer 5 now, just because I like having the low B, even tho I don't use it much.
It just feels like something is missing with out it.
But tapping and things like that are easier on a skinnier 4 string neck.
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Unread 09-04-2005, 05:26 PM   #42
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If you're playing sucky hardcore music.

I like standard tuning.
sorry visirale but this C# A D G tuning is what i use in classic rock and country(50's and 60's) which is better than using a 5 string, not hard core which is 4 notes the entire time with a tuning of e a d g. (C# A D G) is for the advanced bass player with quick fingers and awesome riffs
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Unread 09-05-2005, 05:43 AM   #43
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sorry visirale but this C# A D G tuning is what i use in classic rock and country(50's and 60's) which is better than using a 5 string, not hard core which is 4 notes the entire time with a tuning of e a d g. (C# A D G) is for the advanced bass player with quick fingers and awesome riffs
OK then, you have said it twice. Now prove it. Why is it better than a five that goes down a whole step lower? is there some magical new hand position or chord patterns?
Why is it so advanced - most people I know change their tuning to make up for the fact that:
1) they can not play up and down the the neck
2) and do not posses quick fingers or awesome riffs.

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Unread 09-05-2005, 06:01 AM   #44
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I would have said 4 a while ago but then I bought a 5 and I love it. The real low notes add so much when you use them well.
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Unread 09-05-2005, 04:05 PM   #45
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Has anyone tried going with tunings lower than B? I've seen a few basses tuned all the way donw to F# or even C# (that's almost an octave below low B!). I think a low B is good enough.
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