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  1. hiram.k.hackenbacker

    Do the best pro-bass players mainly play 4 strings?

    Of course you’re allowed opinions on any issue and my comment was not intended to demean those that do not need or want a 5’er. Your choice and that’s fine. My opinion is that they’re not difficult to amplify, don’t lack punch and to play certain songs as recorded, a 5 is a requirement.. If you choose to play up an octave to facilitate using a 4, that’s also fine, but I can do without the sarcasm for trying to be as faithful to the original as possible.
  2. hiram.k.hackenbacker

    Do the best pro-bass players mainly play 4 strings?

    Oh, now I see the point of this thread! It’s a sales pitch 🙄
  3. hiram.k.hackenbacker

    Do the best pro-bass players mainly play 4 strings?

    I think you’re right. Everything by Bruno Mars is studio produced within an inch of it’s life. Luckily he can afford an extremely talented bunch of musicians to replicate it very well indeed. The financial outlay of musicians vs. Pro Tools is exactly why Sound City and others went down the pan when they refused to adapt to the digital age.
  4. hiram.k.hackenbacker

    Do the best pro-bass players mainly play 4 strings?

    It’s only based on what’s on Wikipedia. They look like performance credits to me. There are examples of bass play alongs to 24K Magic on You Tube using a 5. They just look unnecessarily awkward to me. Far easier using the open A (Ab when detuned) than fannying about on a 5 which I’m sure is why JA does it that way.
  5. hiram.k.hackenbacker

    Do the best pro-bass players mainly play 4 strings?

    Not wishing to stir you into a seething mass of vitriol, I do take issue with a couple of the points you’ve made. Whilst I absolutely agree that some 5 string basses may not sound unsatisfying, that by no means stretches to all of them. If they were all shown to be lacking, then they wouldn’t be used by the likes of (off the top of my head and feel free to replace him with a 5 string playing celebrity musician of your choice) Tony Levin. By extension, this is also applies to any issues around amplification and ‘punch’. Regarding “It’s not very often a line doesn’t work on a four string”. Well, you can make any song work, but does it really sound the same? IMHO, definitely not. One of the bands I’m in is an 80’s band and I need a 5 string to play 80% of the set as recorded. I could play it up an octave, but it would not sound the same. First note of I Think We’re Alone Now is that low D and there’s no getting round the fact that anything else sounds wrong. Second note of Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now is the low Eb - completely wrong up an octave. Real Gone Kid - the low C in the intro; it’s got to be there. There are many more examples. I will say that I am more comfortable using 4’s and will play songs like Footloose and Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go on a 4 given half the chance, but that’s more down to the deficiencies in my technique than anything else. I would be interested to know what you are putting the SR5 through that makes it sound unsatisfactory.
  6. hiram.k.hackenbacker

    Do the best pro-bass players mainly play 4 strings?

    Looking at the credits for the three Bruno Mars albums, Jamareo Artis doesn’t appear on any of them, so how can he be guilty as charged? I learnt 24K Magic from the Live Lounge version where he plays a detuned 4 string.
  7. hiram.k.hackenbacker

    Do the best pro-bass players mainly play 4 strings?

    You may well be right, however, I know when I had to learn 24K Magic, it was a damned sight easier playing it on a detuned 4 string than on a 5.
  8. hiram.k.hackenbacker

    What makes this song great?

    You and me both. Me to the extent that by the time it was actually gigging with the first of my bands I had a white Rickenbacker which turned out ultimately to be THE bass I wish I hadn’t sold ☹️. Love JJ as well by the way, but The Stranglers weren’t enough to drag me away from Rush at the time. 🖐️ I know, I know!
  9. hiram.k.hackenbacker

    What makes this song great?

    Conclusive evidence, if it were required, that the right Rickenbacker has a unique and desirable sound.
  10. hiram.k.hackenbacker

    What the **** is this?

    Fixed 😀
  11. hiram.k.hackenbacker

    What the **** is this?

    The shame of this for me, and I did find it an easy listen, is that Nemesis has the genesis of at least 6 or 7 decent riffs squashed together, which seemed a bit of a waste.
  12. hiram.k.hackenbacker

    What the **** is this?

    I’m with ya there Bert 👍 When you’ve listened to Frank Zappa’s Civilization Phaze III as many times as I have, this stuff is a walk in the park.
  13. hiram.k.hackenbacker

    WITHDRAWN - Music Man Old Smoothie StingRay - Chocoburst

    Whatever you do, don’t look at the CS page at Coda Music 🤤 https://www.coda-music.com/bass-guitars/fender-custom-shop.html
  14. hiram.k.hackenbacker

    WITHDRAWN - Music Man Old Smoothie StingRay - Chocoburst

    https://www.gak.co.uk/en/fender-custom-shop-64-jazz-bass-nos-vintage-white-second-hand-/916657
  15. hiram.k.hackenbacker

    WITHDRAWN - Music Man Old Smoothie StingRay - Chocoburst

    Well, if you’ve got an itch that needs scratching 😀 Sadly, I already have a chocolate Smoothie and don’t have the CS you require or I would be on my way over. Buy with confidence people. Top seller and a bloody nice bloke too 👊
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