5 String Basses

Sometimes, you just need that extra low-end which is why we stock the best 5 string basses in the industry here at Andertons Music Co.

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5 String Basses

When only a low B will do, you can trust in a 5 string bass to deliver. We stock the best 5 strings from Fender, Squier, ESP, Music Man, Sire Marcus Miller, Warwick, Spector and more.

5 string basses can take many different shapes and forms but all have the addition of a low B string in common. You can find basses with single coils, split single coils and humbuckers in our large range. You can also choose the right bass to suit your genre and style of play whether you’re after a fretless or need a 5 string bass with a Maple neck and Maple board.

If you’re torn between buying a 4-string or a 5-string bass then why not read our blog article on the pros and cons of each instrument by clicking here. 

Check out our selection of 5-String Bass Guitars below and take advantage of our interest-free finance packages and free next day delivery in the UK on orders over £99!

5 String Bass Guitars FAQs

What is the 5th string on a bass?

5-string bass guitars typically feature the same 4 strings you’d find on a conventional bass, but have an extra low string that is commonly tuned to B. So in standard tuning, a 5-string bass will be tuned as follows: B-E-A-D-G.

What is the advantage of a 5-String Bass?

A 5-string bass gives you a far lower register to work with than on a 4-string bass. The extra low B string extends its range and allows you to access notes otherwise unattainable on a regular 4-string bass, giving you more room to experiment and add weight to melodies or song sections. 5-string basses also enable you to play in different positions more easily and not have to move around the fingerboard as much.

Which 5-String Bass is the best?

There is no definitive “best 5-string bass”. However, there are some qualities that can bring out the best of a 5-string bass. For example, the low B string on a 5-string bass can sound muddy if not enough tension is provided for it. That is why most 5-string basses will have a long 35” scale length rather than a conventional 34" scale, to add more tension and make those lower notes punch through more clearly.