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    Hi people, I have returned to the bassafter 10 years off. 8 years on drums. The band im in has a singer/songwriter who seems to love Eminor and im always hitting my low E. I want to pedal and go lower but i dont see many 5 string pop /alt rock players. many guys seem to sell there 5 strings saying "its not my thing" Also, what about some of the ebay basses like washburn, hohner, or copley. They run 350-400$ are they ok, or are they beasts? opinions please.

  • #2
    For the 350-400 price range, I love my Cort Curbow. A little more expensive, but the only thing I don't like about it is that it doesn't have a second pickup. Yamaha also makes the RBX375 which is an awesome bass, but very heavy. I would suggest you try before you buy, especially with the Yamaha.
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    • #3
      Welcome!
      It's personal preference mainly. I can't even play a 4 string anymore.

      You could always tune BEAD...
















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      • #4
        There are a lot of 5-string players out there still. Try one if you want.

        I second the Cort.
        Play more bass.

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        • #5
          Welcome to HCBF as far as 5ers go it's one string to many for me but some people like them andacually play them go figure.
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          • #6
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            • #7
              Look here: http://www.rondomusic.net/bassguitars5.html
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              • #8
                If you're going new, a Yamaha BB series. Good tight B strings. A Cort Curbow will run around there too.

                Used is another ballgame. I've seen used Warwicks (passive Corvette), Carvins, and all kinds of good stuff in that range.

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                • #9
                  I'm of the opinion every bassist should own atleast one 5er during their lifetime just to see if it's for them. While they do open up some very beneficial possibilities they also bring their share of problems. B-string tension, wider fretboard, and not all amps/cabs will handle the B well. Also strings will be considerably more expensive.

                  I'm not trying to talk you out of it just giving you something to chew on. The reason you gave about wanting to pedal in E is the perfect example of why 5ers are good. I have owned two 5ers in my time and they just weren't for me. That doesn't mean they won't be for you. I say go for it.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by dabbler
                    Look here: http://www.rondomusic.net/bassguitars5.html


                    How do you like your Douglas 6 string? I'm just starting to look into 6 string basses.

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                    • #11
                      I have a 5 string for the same reasons you are stating. Our group, Grace On Fire, a praise group, plays a lot in Eb. I don't like tuning down so the 5 string is perfect. I don't worry about my amp handling the low B because I rarely, rarely go below the low D. Also, playing in E and F is easier since I don't like playing open string notes. It's there when I need it, but many times I'm using it as a thumb rest! I don't understand the dislike many people have for the 5. I guess it's personal preference. I love mine because it offers me more sound and fingering options and is perfect for the music our group plays.
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                      • #12
                        MTD Kingston or Heir 5-string.

                        And, yes, it is all a matter of preference. I will probably not purchase another 4-string, ever. I have grown accustomed to the 5's and prefer them. (I have two of each!)
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by TELCO1
                          How do you like your Douglas 6 string? I'm just starting to look into 6 string basses.

                          Lawrie


                          Right now, as far as basses go, my Douglas is my baby. I bought it from Rondo's store while trying out the WEB-846 (it was $169, last one in black) straight off the floor. I loved the finish and overall feel of the 846 but the string spacing at the bridge felt tight. I then saw the WOB-826. I had never seen it on the web site, and found out when i got home that it went up that day. I actually prefer the HB's on the WOB and the body has grown on me.

                          I now also have a Brice HXB-406 that I got at the Rondo store closing sale for 50% off sale, so it was actually less expensive than the Douglas. Even with the 35 inch scale and string thru body, the Douglas spanks the Brice in the sound department, IMO. The active electronics are just more versatile/better on the WOB, IMO!
                          SX SEG1STD,KY1 (CUS22,ASH22,STD24),STL50,SST (57,Ash,SE,LTD2),GG1LTD2,GG6CUS,GG7CUS,SJB75C4+1 (fretted,fretless),SJB (2-57,2-62),SPJ62,2-SB301 (fretted,fretless)
                          Douglas Shadow,WRL590,TL100,WOB826,WPB955,2-WPB980
                          Brice Z6 (fretted,fretless)
                          Agile AL2000 (minihum,prail),AL2500 (Albino,12) ,AL3000 (reg,neck-thru)
                          Squier Affinity Tele,Deluxe Jazz V
                          Oscar Schmidt OE40
                          Raven RP450,Yamaha BB404,Switch Signature Wild IV
                          First Act VE591,semi-hollow; PRS SE (Custom, Soapbar II,semi-hollow)

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                          • #14
                            The best 5er I ever played was my Samick.

                            try out the Yamaha RBX 375.

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                            • #15
                              I love my 5. End of story.
                              The other day I wanted to type and use a capital "3" to make my point, but all I got was a "#"

                              A tone of 0.0000000000034857487237945287 hz is 13 orders of magnitude lower than the human threshold.

                              Still, this is well within the capabilities of the P Bass.

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