Weight for it…
For those of us who have played gigs of 2+ hours with a small tree hanging round our necks, we appreciate how significant weight can be when it comes to choosing the right bass for our needs. It’s worth considering that 5 (or 6) string basses tend to weigh a little extra – this may not matter to you, however. It depends entirely on whether you’re a frequent gigging player, or if you’re more home or studio based!
Looking (and sounding) the part
Extended range basses can, in some cases, look pretty distinct and head-turning. If you show up to a gig, rehearsal or session with one, you’ll immediately set the impression that you mean business. A low E simply isn’t enough – you’re there to make a statement!
This can, however, be seen as a disadvantage – producers and mixing engineers will either love you or hate you. Bass guitar, or any other low-range instrument for that matter, can be tricky to fit neatly into a mix with the right amount of clarity and rumble. Add an extra string, and you’re adding a whole bunch of extra frequencies that are likely to affect the way you sit in the mix. If you’re considering a 5 or 6-string, make sure you consider adjusting your tone too!
Range, feel, weight, tone and impression – there’s no clear answer, but if you consider each of these things, you’ll hopefully be at least a couple of steps closer to making the decision of whether a 5-string bass is what you need!
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