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Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jazz Bass V Black Maple Fingerboard

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Music Man Sterling Ray5 HH Candy Apple Red Maple Fingerboard

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Music Man Sterling Sub Series Ray5 Walnut Satin Rosewood Fingerboard (2019)

Music Man Sterling Sub Series Ray5 Walnut Satin Rosewood Fingerboard (2019)

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Ibanez SR5CMDX Premium 5 String Black Ice Low Gloss

Ibanez SR5CMDX Premium 5 String Black Ice Low Gloss

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Ibanez Premium SR5FMDX Emerald Green Low Gloss

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Ibanez SR305E 5 String Midnight Gray Burst

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Ibanez SR5005 Prestige 5-String Bartolini Oil Finish

Ibanez SR5005 Prestige 5-String Bartolini Oil Finish

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Music Man Sterling StringRay Ray35 Purple Sparkle Rosewood Fingerboard

Music Man Sterling StringRay Ray35 Purple Sparkle Rosewood Fingerboard

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Yamaha TRBX505 Trans Black

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Yamaha BB235BL 5 String Bass Black

Yamaha BB235BL 5 String Bass Black

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Squier Affinity Jazz Bass V 3 Colour Sunburst

Squier Affinity Jazz Bass V 3 Colour Sunburst

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Squier Affinity Jazz Bass V Olympic White Maple Fingerboard

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Music Man Sterling Sub Series Ray5 Vintage Sunburst Satin (2019)

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Ibanez GSR205SM-NGT Natural Grey Burst

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Fender Player Jazz Bass V Polar White Pau Ferro Fingerboard

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Dingwall NG2 5 String Ducati Matte White Maple Fingerboard

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Cort A5 Plus SC Bass Amber Open Pore

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Dingwall NG3 5 String Ducati Matte White Maple Fingerboard

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Ibanez SRMS625EX Iron Label Limited Edition Black Flat

Ibanez SRMS625EX Iron Label Limited Edition Black Flat

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Ibanez SR605E 5 String Bass Cosmic Blue Starburst Flat

Ibanez SR605E 5 String Bass Cosmic Blue Starburst Flat

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About 5 String Bass Guitars

5 string bass guitars open up a whole new level of musicality to the already important world of the bass - the anchor that holds your music together. By adding an extra lower, thicker string tuned all the way down to B, they give you that extended range to add bigger low end to your lines which, ordinarily, would go no lower than that low E note.

There isn't much on a bass that feels quite as good as hitting that big Low B note when the groove demands it! The addition of the extra low 'B' string is useful for contemporary heavy styles as well as Prog, Jazz and Fusion genres.

Most major bass manufacturers produce their own range of bass guitars with 5 strings. Throughout our stores we keep 5 string bass guitars by Music Man, Fender, Lakland and Ibanez, whose SR series is a good starting point for lots of ambitious bassists.

Why Should I Choose a 5 String Bass Guitar?

  • Extended range gives you more musical space
  • 5 string bass guitars are equally good for fingerstyle playing, slapping, or picking
  • Perfect for low-end-heavy music
  • Practically essential in some genres of music

Frequently Asked Questions about 5 String Bass Guitars

Question: What are 5 string bass guitars tuned to?
Traditionally, a 5 string is tuned B,E,A,D,G from lowest to highest strings.
Question: Is it harder to play a 5 string bass?
No. A 5 string bass' slightly wider neck compared to a 4 string can take a small amount of adjustment, but you'll be making your way around effortlessly in no time.
Question: Are 5 string basses worth it?
Yes. The expanded range of the 5 string gives you access to musical ideas you just couldn't reach otherwise. The range of 5 string basses available nowadays varies right across the price spectrum, so there's a 5 string bass out there for you if you want to take the plunge.
Question: What are 5 string basses good for?
The extra low notes on a 5 string bass give you that extra part of the mix to really fill out, anchoring your riffs, grooves and chords to the floor. This comes in useful in musical styles that already fill up a lot of the spectrum like heavy metal, or where big low end is essential, like hip hop and R&B. In the world of theatre music, the 5 string bass is practically ubiquitous.
Question: What are the most popular 5 string bass guitar models?
The most popular 5 string bass guitar models are undoubtedly from Ibanez. This may be because lots of hard rock and metal players use them and need the slim neck and low notes that an Ibanez 5 string provides. The SR-505 bass is an extremely popular model. Aside from that, the Squier Jazz 5 string is very popular, as are the various iterations of Music Man StingRay 5 string bass.
Question: Can a beginner start on a 5 string bass?
Yes, absolutely! Like so many more recent developments in the world of guitar, there are some fantastic quality 5 string basses at beginner friendly prices. Playing wise, there's no reason whatsoever you can't make your first forays into playing on a 5 string, all principles of finger placement, note positions etc. are exactly the same.