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View Poll Results: what is the best number of strings?
4 22 40.74%
5 29 53.70%
6 7 12.96%
7 0 0%
8 2 3.70%
12 1 1.85%
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Unread 06-19-2003, 10:41 PM   #61
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I learned on a 5, bu tI just bought a 4 for Graduation....Fender Jazz to be exact...I love the 4 but will never give up the low B on the 5...

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Unread 06-23-2003, 10:52 AM   #62
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ermm...i learned with a 4 string, but i perfer to use a 5 string for when it comes to playing metal and whatnot, but i bring out the 6 string when im playing in church...it was hard for me to get used to since, i have little girl hands and ive only been playing for like a year and 3 months. im 4'11, you'd expect me to have tiny hands but i handle it like a pro..im proud. so i'd go with a 6 never went farther than 6 strings.

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Unread 07-14-2003, 01:47 AM   #63
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Strings for bass

I think the best number of strings depends on what type of song your playing, and the type of sound you want to present. For most songs I rely on my Ibanez 5 string, using the low B for extra depth. For hymns and softer, ballad like songs I use my Hagstrom 8 string to get the richer intonation and mellower sound. For jazz like songs I will sometimes use my Yamaha 4 string fretless for that plunky sound that only a fretless gives. I like to keep at least two basses on hand while I play and switch between them depending on the song and feel I want to achieve. I am currently dreaming of making the plunge and getting an electric upright bass with a bow to go for the long sustained sound that they can give. I suppose basses (as well as guitars, I have a Strat and an acoustic 12 string) are like children and arrows, blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them!

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Unread 07-19-2003, 01:51 PM   #64
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I think you should keep it simple. A five or six string i think would be sufficient for playing bass. I've never even heard of a 12 string bass before though!! coolio
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Unread 08-09-2003, 01:56 PM   #65
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I play guitar and bass and enjoy both. My dad has a 4-string, which is nice cause of the skinny neck, but I would really like to have a 5 for the lower string.
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