5-and 6-String Basses

The standard bass guitar is one of the most widely utilized and well-loved instruments in the music world, being employed in practically every genre to provide a deep, resonant background that adds energy to any song.

If you’re a musician looking to step up your game, even a popular instrument like the bass has potential for improvement. That alteration comes in the shape of an additional string on the 5-string electric bass.

Fender pioneered this bass guitar variety in the mid-1960s, and it immediately became popular in the funk, metal, and rock sectors, among others. The instrument’s range is enlarged by adding a fifth string, allowing the 5-string bass to play a larger role in a song than its 4-string brethren.

This not only provides you access to more chords and allows you to play higher melodies, but it also gives you a wider range, which can convert into some incredible bass solos.

The tonewood used in this bass guitar, like any other, plays a vital role in determining the instrument’s overall sound. Alder remains the standard choice, providing broad, clear, and balanced tones that are easily adaptable to any genre.

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5-and 6-String Bass Guitars For Sale on Midwest Guitar Center

Bass guitars have progressed well beyond the original four-string design, and can now be found with five, six, and even seven strings (or more!). Explore a big selection of new and used extended range basses on Reverb at a variety of affordable pricing ranges.

A Brief History of 5- and 6-String Basses

Basses with more than four strings have become an incredibly essential instrument for guitarists who require a bit extra range. Beginning with the short-lived Fender Bass V in the 1960s and different custom basses from brands such as Alembic in the 1970s, the popularity of five- and six-string basses has grown dramatically and has become an integral part of genres such as funk, R&B, and even some types of metal.

Players now have a plethora of 5-string and 6-string alternatives to select from, with major brands such as Fender and Ibanez releasing extended versions of several of their famous bass designs.

For something even more unique, the bass market is brimming with great custom and boutique manufacturers catering to the extended range clientele, such as Warwick and Fodera.

These basses are typically manufactured with active pickups and high-quality woods, making them among the best options on the market.

Popular 5- and 6-String Bass Guitar Brands on Midwest Guitar Center

If you’re looking for a new or used 5-string, 6-string, or even more strung bass, it’s never a bad idea to start your search by brand. Sort through bass selections from known manufacturers like Ibanez, Fender, Warwick, Schecter, and more on Midwest Guitar Center.

5- and 6-String Bass Guitars Near Me

To search specifically for 5-string and 6-string bass guitars in your area, use Midwest Guitar Center’s list of top cities and countries to narrow your search. You may also review shipping information in the “Shop Policies” section of an item.