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How many strings on your main bass?

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[quote name='Twigman' timestamp='1453723340' post='2962070']
Where's the option for 3?
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[quote name='BigRedX' timestamp='1453725114' post='2962098']
Or 2 or 1?
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Pics please =P

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[quote name='elephantgrey' timestamp='1453727127' post='2962129']
Pics please =P
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OK...

I don't own it anymore but this Atlansia Solitaire used to be mine:

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/DSC02853.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/DSC02867.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/DSC02870.jpg[/IMG]

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[quote name='BigRedX' timestamp='1453728502' post='2962149']
OK...

I don't own it anymore but this Atlansia Solitaire used to be mine:
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nice, i like it.
Looks like it would be interesting to play.

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[quote name='Urban Bassman' timestamp='1453727239' post='2962132']
I had and played several 5s over the years but always seem to drift back to 4s. So for me it's 4 all the way.
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Me too. I get all the advantages of fives, but my brain and hands just can't get used to them :blush:

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I've been playing for 21 years and the last 17 have been exclusively (apart from a brief dalliance with a 6er that ended last year) playing 5 strings.
I actually find 5 string necks to generally be more comfortable as my preference is for a wide but shallow neck. Other than that I can't see any good reason not to have the extra string there when I want it both for positioning and extended range reasons. If I found the extra width of the neck or tighter spacing in any way to be a negative then I might reassess it but for me personally, 5 strings genuinely are all pros and no cons.

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I have more 5 string basses, starting to feel more comfortable on them, therefore voted 5, but I'll never stop playing 4 string basses as well.

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All but one of my basses is a 4, and the exception is the 8-string. So, technically, you could argue that was a double-coursed 4.

I can see the sense and, up to a point, the appeal of extending the instrument's range - though given my own playing style, if I were to invest in a 5er, I'd probably look to extend the range upwards rather than down (i.e., EADGC).

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[quote name='EliasMooseblaster' timestamp='1453740141' post='2962324']
All but one of my basses is a 4, and the exception is the 8-string. So, technically, you could argue that was a double-coursed 4.

I can see the sense and, up to a point, the appeal of extending the instrument's range - though given my own playing style, if I were to invest in a 5er, I'd probably look to extend the range upwards rather than down (i.e., EADGC).
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Why choose? get a 6. Then you can play 2 8ve scales in the same hand position =P.

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I've played since 1991 and I've never felt the need to go beyond four strings. I can't see me ever using five or more strings to be honest, but never say never.

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I know it sounds weird but I really dislike the sound of B strings. So although I've dabbled with 5's (and own one) it's 4's all the way for me.

Edited by 40hz

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[quote name='BigRedX' timestamp='1453728502' post='2962149']
OK...

I don't own it anymore but this Atlansia Solitaire used to be mine:






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Did you sell that to Jonny Shrimpton?
If so I've played it.

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[quote name='Twigman' timestamp='1453744664' post='2962384']
Did you sell that to Jonny Shrimpton?
If so I've played it.
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TBH I can't remember who I sold it to, other than I think he came from Brighton and was going to use it in a "Royal Blood" type bass and drums band. However I can't imagine that there are many of these in existence and even fewer in the UK...

What did you think of it?

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[quote name='BigRedX' timestamp='1453746114' post='2962406']
What did you think of it?
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The neck was a bit chunky to say the least! but bizarrely felt right because of the 'narrowness' of the fingerboard.
...I found being restricted to a single string extremely limiting...hahaha - certainly root fifth stuff out the window unless the string was tuned to the root of the key!

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5 exclusively until recently when I decided to hang on to the parts build project I made. I love the use the fifth position for playing in E, and regularly use a low D and C in several songs in our blues sets.

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I use both a 5 and a 4 in all my bands/projects. If I am lazy I take the 5; was like you and played 6ers, until I realised a 5 would cover almost everything I do.

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Only ever owned 4 strings... But then in 30 odd years of playing only ever owned 6 basses.

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I have a couple of 4s and a 6 but my main 'go to' bass has been a 5 for many years now.

On my occasional 'window shopping' sessions, I totally disregard 4s these days.

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I played 5s exclusively for a long time, but I ended up trying one of the then-new Mexican 4 string Precisions that had just come out in 2009ish and it was a "have to buy it" moment. I took it along to a rehearsal as a bit of a joke (my main basses then were Vampyre and Warlock 5-strings so the white/white/maple P was something of an aesthetic change) but I ended up enjoying it so much that I've been predominantly in the 4-string camp ever since.

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I'm surprised there aren't more 4 string players. I certainly can't remember the last time I played a gig and someone in the other bands had a 5 stringer.

Infact...I can but only because I sold him it!

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I use the least amount of strings I can get away with in whatever band I'm playing in at the time. This is currently 5 but up until this time last year it was a 4 for a few years. In the past my main bass has had 4, 5, 6, 8 or 12 strings depending on the band.

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