Switching to a Six String Bass 25 Years Later
For musicians, their main instrument isn't just a "tool" that they reach for to unleash music and melody upon the world - it also becomes an extension of themselves.
When it comes to bass players, most of us tend to settle pretty early on a particular number of strings.
Five and Six String Basses Come on the Scene
Even though 5 and 6 string basses have been mass produced and within the price range of just about any bassist for the last 2 decades or so, many famous players have made the conscious decision to stick with the traditional 4 string electric bass as their main instrument.
Up until about a month and a half ago - Jason Raso was among the bass playing population that had decided that a four string bass was "home". Sure he'd played 5 and 6 string basses...even owing a five, but for him the longer scale length was the deal breaker.
But the combination of writing new compositions specifically for solo bass along with a chance encounter with a virtually one-of-a-kind instrument from a local bass luthier changed everything for Jason.
Nobody was more surprised than him to be making the switch after 25 years of playing a four string bass.
In this interview, you'll learn:
- Why Jason chose to make the switch to a six string bass
- What adjustments has he had to make to handle the extra strings
- What instrument caught his eye and ushered him into the six string universe
- The story behind how he ended up checking out some sweet custom basses at a local bass builder's shop.
- Some of the features and specs that made this six string impossible for Jason to resist
Not only does it allow you to see and hear his new F Bass, but you can also see how he's changed up his hand position and how he's taking advantage of the extended range of note choices that a six string bass provides.
Here's Spinning Forth as performed on a Fodera 4 string bass:
Have Your Say:
Have you considered making the switch to a six string bass? Have you played a six string? What did you like or not like about it? Share your experience below in the comments.