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  1. The bass players in Sweet, Mud, The Glitter Band and Suzi Q herself, along with those with Bowie, Elton John etc etc were pretty handy also.
  2. Ha ha!! The forum has history with Ric. Seriously I see a range of age groups playing them from teenagers through to OAPs - some are women!! The point was I suspect there are very few such players on the forum - the fact they're generally 4 string players from what I've seen is neither here nor there 😂😂👍
  3. drTStingray

    Bridges - Do They Make a Difference

    Musicman staff have stated on Talkbass that one of the reasons the bridges on the modern Cutlass and Caprice basses doesn't have the deep set side bolts is to assist with getting a more vintage sound. Similarly on the new Stingray Special models - so Musicman clearly believe the bridge design influences the sound, as an example.
  4. If you think a balanced view and statistically valid result can be obtained of such things on this type of forum then I think you're expecting too much - for starters there are hardly any Ric players here, seemingly, and yet in real life I see loads of them!!
  5. Al Krow, if you'd asked the same question in say 1999 you would have got a completely different answer - as many pro players played 5 string then and certainly on a lot of pop music of the time. This was largely because of the need for low notes (sometimes written for keyboard) and also because playing two octaves in one and a bit positions, made playing some music relatively easy - however a word of caution - like playing E at 12 th fret on the E string of a 4 string sounds different from E at the 7th fret of A or 2nd fret of D, that fat B sting can also change the timbre if things. Hiram K has pointed out the use of 5 strings in 80s work very clearly - it applies in the 90s extensively and also 2000s and beyond. Some of us may even remember what a spent force the Fender Bass was in the early 80s - indeed bass guitar generally as keyboards and drum machines seemingly took over a great deal. Its entirely possible to use a 4 string and tune down effectively but many people find this a faff - my son does this often but doesn't have a 5 string (though has borrowed one of mine on occasion and loves them). Unfortunately our educators and seemingly many others fixate on 60s and 70s bass history and as a result we get a distorted view of music and instrument history - I'm very doubtful the demographic on this forum represents a balanced view so the fact a lot of people may say - oh just tune down a 4 string, when they possibly don't even have any experience of playing music recorded on or best played on a 5 string, and in any case the common perception (an error) is you should be able to play anything on a 4 string, is probably completely wrong along with many other commonly held myths of Internet bassdom!! 5 strings may be seen as a bit passé (along with Fretless) in these days of sometimes inaudible bass parts played on vintage instruments - 5 strings certainly aren't passé in the real world and anyone playing anything remotely R and B from the 80s and 90s (even 70s) will probably need to use one - the fact they can make 60s R and B sound good as well is a bonus - ask some of the bassists in top West End shows 😏
  6. drTStingray

    Why isn't this system used by more Bass builders

    Yeah - as with many of us - but the thing is if you are in the habit of running very low action and there's a sudden cold snap or heatwave, you can quickly adjust to maintain your super low action. I suspect those who don't like them have never actually used one as they're much easier to adjust than a bullet truss rod or vintage basses which need the neck removed or similar. Come to think of it, the Musicman system looks slightly better as the cut out is in the pickguard and body rather than the neck itself on that version.
  7. drTStingray

    Why isn't this system used by more Bass builders

    It's on all of the ones I own!! I suspect most people will know it's been fitted to all Musicman basses since about 1990 (so for 28 years!!). I don't think they invented it though - but it's such a simple system to use. As for aesthetics, beauty is in the eye of the beholder but I personally don't think it detracts from a bass (I doubt a lot of people looking at a pre 90 Stingray would even notice the bass has a headstock mounted bullet truss rod instead) - Musicman have even made a feature of it on the Classic series (but not Sabres) by making the wheel a chrome version, looking very smart. I suspect as Fender makes most electric basses and they've never been the brightest (or quickest) of innovators, that has influenced the adoption of the system to their basses, which was included on their Elite series (and thus premium) instruments a couple of years back. So it seems Fender see it as a premium feature to be fitted to the most expensive basses. Probably a matter of economics for them - but interesting they see some of their most expensive production basses needing to compete with Musicman. The same could be said of un lacquered neck finishes which improve playability no end!!
  8. Hey come on - only for those who think the evolution of bass guitar was concluded in 1962, so a version invented in the mid 80s clearly has no relevance!! 😂 If you want a screwdriver thread it will surely be in off topic or maybe accessories, or even repairs - then people can argue that using cheap tools based on 60s technology is perfectly adequate and all you need for a 21.18 century application 👍😏
  9. It depends what music style you're talking but clearly 5 stringers haven't played a great part in indie or punk styles (though Alex from Blur and also Beck have been known to use Stingray 5s - probably studio only). There have been comments in this thread about industry standard 5 string basses, or the lack of. This is actually not true but there have been a range of them over the years - these would include:- MM Stingray 5 (great at a modern sound but also great at an authoritative vintage sound) - subsequently US Sub, Bongo, Classic 5 and Sterling 5. Lakland 55/94 or 55/01 - subsequently lots variants Various Warwick but particularly Thumb, Jazzman or Stage 1/2 Yamaha - various models Sadowski MTD - various Ibanez - various G and L various Somewhat late to the party - Fender (various Jazz and Precision variants) Many of these basses have been active type basses as the extended range arguably works better in this format.
  10. Most of my favourite pro players have played 5 string basses from time to time - they would probably have been more commonly seen in the late 80s up to the mid 2000s. As an example, take Nick Fyffe of Jamiroquy - live he usually played Yamaha 5 and 4 string basses, switching dependent on the song. As has been said, people often use what they consider the best tool for the job. I bought a 5 string for the particular reason of learning Stevie Wonder songs, many of which are played on keyboard bass or in keys lower than E - note the Nate Watts plays a 5 string also (though this is not the reason I got into playing one). I basically alternate my basses for gigs dependent on what takes my fancy on the day but I go through periods of playing 5 or 4 strings - I never take two basses with me these days. 5 strings seem to be used in some theatre orchestras also.
  11. drTStingray

    The Ernie Ball 2018 Stingray Special

    I think the charcoal one is great but possibly very similar indeed to the starry night. I went for the aqua sparkle - it's a deeper blue in some of the pictures I've seen compared to the front on view on Talkbass - I guess the colour shifts with the lighting - they're all pretty good colours though. And even the 5 strings are quoted as about 8.5 lbs.
  12. drTStingray

    The Ernie Ball 2018 Stingray Special

    I checked up on progress with my order yesterday and they should be here mid August - so the Stingray Specials should be in stores then as well.
  13. drTStingray

    Left or right-handed

    Some people can do both (I mean play lefty normally but play a right handed guitar fluently rotated.) The best thing is to go with what you're comfortable with - the most popular basses are available lefty and the fact you'll have less choice will mean you don't buy loads of basses completely unnecessarily - something no one on this forum would ever dream of doing ...... 😂😂😂 You could also have one custom built to your spec should you get the urge to buy more.
  14. drTStingray

    World Cup vs bass time

    There's nothing like a World Cup penalty shoot out involving England to get the adrenaline going - and what better way to relax after than a bit of practicing (acoustically) - I've been trying to perfect What Is Hip (Scott's Bass Lessons recent video spurred me on to it) so had a good go after the highlights of last night's game (yes I watched it twice)!! I even adjusted the action on my SR5 to assist!!
  15. drTStingray

    The Ernie Ball 2018 Stingray Special

    Yeah - for an SR5 that weight is quite something! If you're going to save up I'd go for an HH - bags of versatility and it wouldn't surprise me if they haven't baked in some of that P bass sound for the middle coil setting as they did on the Classic Sabre.