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Old 01-04-2017, 03:44 PM
Steve DeRosa Steve DeRosa is offline
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Originally Posted by LSemmens View Post
...If you find that you are looking for lower notes than the low E (my problem) then you can always replace the strings with the lower four from a 5 string set...
Not always necessary - if your rig is pumping out enough fundamental; my Gibson SG bass is set up with LaBella 49-109 flats - the way it was done back in the mid-60's (I'm thinking of getting a "Jamerson" 52-110 set custom-made in short scale) - running through either a Randall RB-120 1x15" or Ampeg Portabass 250 1x12". I have an '02 Ibanez SR-405 5-string, and since I bought the SG in late '07 I find I really don't need it all that much; there's plenty of low-end support even in the middle register, the low E can bring the floor up about two feet when I really lay into it - and the compact size makes it a whole lot easier on both the shoulder and the fingers to boot...
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Old 01-04-2017, 08:18 PM
LSemmens LSemmens is offline
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I can't argue with you there, Steve, I rarely need to use the Lower notes, but I also don't use the gut thumping volume because I only ever play in Church, so I am usually fairly sedate anyway. The weight of the 5 String might be an issue if you are playing long sets in an entertainment situation, in a Church, the longest you ever play without a break is usually only about 20 minutes or so anyway.
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