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Ibanez EHB1005MS Black Flat

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Ibanez SR305E Cerulean Aura Burst

Ibanez SR305E Cerulean Aura Burst

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Yamaha TRBX305 Candy Apple Red

Yamaha TRBX305 Candy Apple Red

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Yamaha TRBX305 Black

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Ibanez Gio GSR205B Walnut Flat

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Ibanez SR375E Sapphire Blue

Ibanez SR375E Sapphire Blue

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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 Olympic White Maple Fingerboard

Squier Affinity Jazz Bass V Olympic White Maple Fingerboard

£259.00 £279.00
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Lakland Skyline Darryl Jones 5 String Natural Maple Fingerboard

Lakland Skyline Darryl Jones 5 String Natural Maple Fingerboard

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Ibanez EHB1005 Black Flat

Ibanez EHB1005 Black Flat

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Ibanez EHB1505 Dragon Eye Burst Flat

Ibanez EHB1505 Dragon Eye Burst Flat

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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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Yamaha BB235VW 5 String Bass Vintage White

Yamaha BB235VW 5 String Bass Vintage White

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Music Man Sub Series Ray5 Black Maple Fingerboard (2019)

Music Man Sub Series Ray5 Black Maple Fingerboard (2019)

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

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

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Yamaha BB435 5 String Tobacco Sunburst

Yamaha BB435 5 String Tobacco Sunburst

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Yamaha TRBX305 White

Yamaha TRBX305 White

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Yamaha TRBX305MGR Mist Green

Yamaha TRBX305MGR Mist Green

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Ibanez SR505E TV Fuzz Black

Ibanez SR505E TV Fuzz Black

£699.00 £759.00
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Ibanez BTB1835 Natural Shadow Low Gloss

Ibanez BTB1835 Natural Shadow Low Gloss

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Yamaha BB735A 5 String Bass Trans Matte Black

Yamaha BB735A 5 String Bass Trans Matte Black

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Music Man Sterling Sub Series Ray5 Ruby Red Burst Satin (2019)

Music Man Sterling Sub Series Ray5 Ruby Red Burst Satin (2019)

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Spector Euro 5LT Tiger Eye Gloss

Spector Euro 5LT Tiger Eye Gloss

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Yamaha TRBX505BRB Brick Burst

Yamaha TRBX505BRB Brick Burst

£549.00 £768.00
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Ibanez EHB1005MS Sea Foam Green Matte

Ibanez EHB1005MS Sea Foam Green Matte

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Dingwall NG3 5 String Metallic Black Maple Fingerboard

Dingwall NG3 5 String Metallic Black Maple Fingerboard

£1,999.00 £2,099.00
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Dingwall NG2 5 String Metallic Black Maple Fingerboard

Dingwall NG2 5 String Metallic Black Maple Fingerboard

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Fender American Ultra Jazz Bass V Ultraburst Rosewood Fingerboard

Fender American Ultra Jazz Bass V Ultraburst Rosewood Fingerboard

£1,999.00 £2,249.00
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Ibanez RGB305 Black Flat

Ibanez RGB305 Black Flat

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Dingwall NG3 5 String Ducati Matte White Maple Fingerboard

Dingwall NG3 5 String Ducati Matte White Maple Fingerboard

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Music Man Sterling Stingray 5 Ray25 Classic Butterscotch

Music Man Sterling Stingray 5 Ray25 Classic Butterscotch

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Yamaha BB435BL 5 String Black

Yamaha BB435BL 5 String Black

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Spector Euro 5 Bolt Tobacco Sunburst Gloss

Spector Euro 5 Bolt Tobacco Sunburst Gloss

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Music Man Sterling Sub Series Ray5 Trans Blue Satin (2019)

Music Man Sterling Sub Series Ray5 Trans Blue Satin (2019)

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Yamaha TRBX505 Trans Black

Yamaha TRBX505 Trans Black

£529.00 £768.00
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Dingwall NG2 5 String Ducati Matte White Maple Fingerboard

Dingwall NG2 5 String Ducati Matte White Maple Fingerboard

£2,149.00
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Dingwall NG3 5 String Matte Gold Metallic Maple Fingerboard

Dingwall NG3 5 String Matte Gold Metallic Maple Fingerboard

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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 Ray5 HH Candy Apple Red Maple Fingerboard

Music Man Sterling Ray5 HH Candy Apple Red Maple Fingerboard

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Schecter Stiletto Extreme-5 Black Cherry

Schecter Stiletto Extreme-5 Black Cherry

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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, Squier 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.