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1. We have some bass players here
2. Nobody likes a 5 string bass very much
In my fumbles with the IK Multimedia MODO Bass, I got to wondering about pickups. You can't stray very far from conventional basses in this program, but one of the things you can do is add a 5th (low B) string to any model, and you can, with a few limitations, put the pickup from any of the models on any other body. But there seems to be only one obvious (from its designation and graphic) 5-string pickup in the lot, yet add a 5th string to any old bass like a 60's Precision with its standard pickups and all 5 strings are pretty well balanced.
I don't know anything about basses or bass playing other than to thump an upright when nobody else will, so I'm guessing that a 5-string bass neck is a little wider than a standard one, and that there really is such a thing as a 5-string pickup that's at least a little wider than a standard 4-string pickup, and maybe has a 5 pole piece configuration if it's that style. The MODO Bass model works pretty much like real life when it comes to playing styles and touch, brand new versus old worn out strings, and stuff like that, so I just thought it was a bit odd that you could make a 5 string bass out of 4-string bass parts and have it work as well as a real one.
This is, for me, an education, and what I learn will probably go into an article, but I'd like to have some confidence that my guesses are in the ballpark.
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