My On Again, Off Again Relationship With The 5 String Bass


5 Strings Of My Past

It seems that I have a bit of an on again, off again relationship with the 5 string bass.  In the past few years I have owned two.  My first 5 string was an Ibanez, I don’t recall which model or what prompted me to buy it.  It was black and had two humbucker pickups, like a Gibson Thunderbird.  I actually really liked that bass, it had a nice deep tone and was easy to play.  The B string sounded decent, but I never really new what to do with it and mostly used it as a thumb rest.  Once the initial novelty wore off I ended up selling it.  Some time later I was offered a Lakland Skyline 55-01 in trade for a Carvin Fretless I was selling.  Lakland was not a brand I was familiar with at the time, and originally I declined the trade as I had no desire for a 5 string.  As luck would have it, I didn’t get a whole lot offers for the Carvin so I decided to do a little research and see what Lakland was all about.  Once I realized that Lakland’s where known to be quality instruments I decided to take the trade as I figured it would hold it’s value just as well as the Carvin, if not more so.   read more