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  • #16
    Played a four string for twenty years. Played a five string for tge past 15. They are just different tools for making music. I would laugh in the face of anyone that would make such a stupid comment like you must not be very good if you play a four string. Playing a four string is no easier or harder than playing a five string. I would also suggest that anyone that would make such a statement has actually played very little bass, or more likely none at all.

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    • #17
      ^^ As I may have stated before, I think playing a four string is more difficult than five. In fact I think the fewer strings the more difficult, as ya gotta know your neck better and move around more.

      Utilizing the B, I can fret every note on every song, and transposing is simply moving that pattern wherever I need to on the neck. And playing in a box makes it easier to sing while playing, as well. I haven’t played an open string for years.

      Now that I think about it, I think I remember the last song I learned playing some open strings like on a four-banger, “Give Me Three Steps”, easy song, but damn, I screwed it up a buncha times, like my brain couldn’t process lifting my finger to make a note or something, haha… guitard would look at me like “Damn man, I know you know that song!”

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      • #18

        Originally posted by isaac42 View Post

        Such an adamant statement. Why so dogmatic on the subject?

        I reread my post, and I don’t think it was my intention, but the whole thing kinda reeks of attitude. That’s not my usual style.
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        • #19
          Originally posted by Marko View Post
          Now that I think about it, I think I remember the last song I learned playing some open strings like on a four-banger, “Give Me Three Steps”, easy song, but damn, I screwed it up a buncha times, like my brain couldn’t process lifting my finger to make a note or something, haha…
          Kinda funny, I always played that using open strings but have recently changed to DGCF tuning so now have to play it without . I does take some practice to use open strings but I still use them. I take the parts my fingers don't like and go over and over them until my stoopid finger get it . Good reason to have a couch bass so you can do stuff like that while vegging out watching TV
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            • #21
              Originally posted by RoadRanger View Post
              . . . Good reason to have a couch bass so you can do stuff like that while vegging out watching TV
              Hadn't heard the term "couch bass" although it shouldn't be a surprise. I have a cheap acoustic guitar that lies on the couch for similar reasons. For that matter, that's the reason I own a bass. I'm the backup bass player for the praise band at church (I'm normally a guitarist) and I have a cheap P/J bass and amp just for practicing. Been noodling around with dropped D lately.
              As for preferences, I like a lightweight 4-string bass. Left to my own devices I'd probably have a short scale in the interests of reducing weight but since I have reasonably long arms (I'm 6'4") it doesn't matter much. Semi-hollow would be nice in terms of weight as well. Passive on general principles. I don't like fooling with batteries.
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              • #22
                I have an electric couch guitar, but at least it’s a semi-hollow body and not too heavy. And a cool little Randal MR15R amp (MF blew them out dirt cheap last year) with reverb and headphone jack that fits nicely under the end table. Works out great.
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                • #23
                  I bring guitars out of my studio on a revolving basis and have a couple of
                  practice amps with a strobe tuner setup there so I can practice, change strings and tweak setups.
                  I have about 25 guitars and bases in the studio and this is the way I keep them in good shape and ready to record.
                  Some don't get played much as others but having them tweaked is a blessing when I'm in my creativity mode
                  performing or recording. I am known for falling asleep in my easy chair watching TV with guitar in hand.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Marko View Post
                    I have an electric couch guitar, but at least it’s a semi-hollow body and not too heavy. And a cool little Randal MR15R amp (MF blew them out dirt cheap last year) with reverb and headphone jack that fits nicely under the end table. Works out great.
                    I wish I had a guitar for my electric couch. Hell, I wish I had an electric couch!
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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Matt82 View Post
                      ...though some say you aren't any good unless you play a 5.
                      You aren't any good unless you play a 12.





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                      • #26
                        It took me 1.5 years to get comfortable with 5 strings. And any bassist who is good with their instrument gets my respect. Currently only gig with a Fender 5 string Plus with a Warmouth fretless neck. and a bass I built that's in my avatar. Fretless was the first instrument and feels normal to me. (Was asked if I ever played anything else yesterday at an audition before we actually started playing. Didn't have that question repeated afterward. Fun audition.) Both basses have active electrics. I love the Fender on that. I can also by-pass the electrics on it. (Consider that an emergency backup to battery failure.) If the EMG pickups battery dies, the bass becomes useless. (Wonder if I should have picked different pickups for my homebuilt?) Also noticed, in spite of building the homebuilt neck to the same string length as the Fender, they do play a little different. The Fender is faster, the homebuilt sustains longer. The Fender hangs more horizontal and the homebuilt sits closer to 45 degrees up. That's a bit easier for my left arm, which was broken three times in Junior High School, to play with. (Doesn't rotate quite as well as my right arm. Not good for a bassist.)

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                        • #27
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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by isaac42 View Post

                            Such an adamant statement. Why so dogmatic on the subject?
                            Hard to ever say never, but it's certainly a lot better to use identical boxes, unquestionably. The only exception to this rule is if the non-identical cabs were properly designed from the ground up to be used together (& if the person designing really knew what he was doing; not just some outfit saying their 410/115, maybe the worst config around, should be used together).
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                            • #29
                              Right now, I enjoy my EADGC 5-string hum/hum Fodera. That said, I tend to have a wide range of likes. I've enjoyed playing many 4-7-string basses (and want to try a non-doubled 8), appreciate the tone of a P, etc. etc.

                              About the only thing I'm big on is not having a pick guard. They're just not my thing. On basses I've leaned toward natural woods as well (odd since I like translucent paint on guitars). And Fenders, just not a fan of the company.
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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by iualum View Post
                                Hard to ever say never, but it's certainly a lot better to use identical boxes, unquestionably. The only exception to this rule is if the non-identical cabs were properly designed from the ground up to be used together (& if the person designing really knew what he was doing; not just some outfit saying their 410/115, maybe the worst config around, should be used together).
                                Please don't misunderstand. I agree, but I was wondering about Marko's thoughts on the subject.
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