How many strings?

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Re: How many strings?

Post by paul donnelly » February 11th, 2004, 8:36 pm

I've seen a Danelectro bass like that.  It was dimensioned almost exactly like a guitar, just with heavier strings.

I think guitars are tuned like that to make chording easier, especially barres.  An E shape barre is hard to play if you have to fret the top two strings a fret lower than usual.

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Re: How many strings?

Post by hbriem » February 12th, 2004, 6:36 am

The Fender VI , made briefly in the 60s, was like that.  

Robert Smith, singer/guitarist of the Cure, used to play a lot of 2nd bass parts and solos using a Fender VI.
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Re: How many strings?

Post by 97reb » February 12th, 2004, 6:16 pm

I'm cool with my 4 strings for now.  At some point, it would not be bad to experiment more in depth with a 5 or 6 string.
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Re: How many strings?

Post by corbind » February 14th, 2004, 11:12 pm

Fretless, hmmmm.  That seems really hard to be certain you are producing the right note because you don't have a fret to rely on to "save" you.  Bless those who can do it!  

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Re: How many strings?

Post by paul donnelly » February 15th, 2004, 8:47 am

Most fretless basses have lines where the frets would be too.  That doesn't mean your pitch is just right, even when you're on top of the line, but it takes out most of the guesswork.

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Re: How many strings?

Post by woodenfret » February 16th, 2004, 1:27 am

Try to play with closed eyes... You won't see the difference.. 8)

Then try the doublebass.. ;D
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Re: How many strings?

Post by DemoEtc » February 16th, 2004, 10:10 am

[quote author=Petrix link=board=bass;num=1075281674;start=0#1 date=01/28/04 at 11:03:38]Seems that nobody plays anything but a 4 string. Personally I want a four string that just goes lower! Down to on the lowest string maybe...[/quote]


I low-tuned a Rick 4001 once - BEAD - and it worked just fine. I was writing parts for a 5-string guy in our band and wanted to get comfortable with what he would be able to do. I didn't change strings to a heavier gauge so they were a little flappy, but going up a gauge or using the lower 4 strings of a 5 string set would probably take care of that though.

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Re: How many strings?

Post by hbriem » February 17th, 2004, 3:47 am

[quote author=DemoEtc link=board=bass;num=1075281674;start=15#23 date=02/16/04 at 10:10:03]using the lower 4 strings of a 5 string set would probably take care of that though.
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Re: How many strings?

Post by paul donnelly » February 17th, 2004, 8:57 am

Depending on your bridge, you may need to get the hole you thread the string through enlarged as well.

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