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Is it common for a 5 string bass to have a high B?

Not that common. Normally 5-string basses will have a low B. Giving B E A D G. The other option is to have a high C. Working on the premise that every string is a P4 from the next. Giving E A D G C. ...
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My B string on my bass keeps hitting the pickup

Can you adjust the pickup height? That would be my first adjustment, assuming the rest feels right while you're playing it. Any other adjustment would change how it plays. Dropping the pickup back ...
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Low tuning recording

There's a difference between having a note or sound that is periodic at a given frequency (viewed in the time domain), and that note or sound having energy at that frequency (when thought of as a '...
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Where should I put my thumb when playing bass guitar?

The most conventional sounding answer would be to rest it on the thumb rest... Seen in the picture above! As leftroundabout points out in the comment, not many basses actually have thumb rests, ...
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Is it common for an orchestra to have 5 string double basses?

Extended range basses have become all but standard in professional orchestras. Lots of music uses it, so you might as well have it. In the US, the preference (for whatever reason) is for the E-...
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Low tuning recording

The harmonic contribution of the bass guitar is not at 27.5Hz. 27.5Hz is mainly shaking you up. Now there are organ pipes at those pitches with a strong fundamental and few overtones. But they are ...
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Where should I put my thumb when playing bass guitar?

The thumb is another available digit with which to play notes! You're hardly going to pluck the pup! A lot of players (inc. me) will rest thumb on the lowest string, but it doesn't actually have to ...
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Double basses - C extension v 5 strings v neither

I can't can't speak to double basses, but as for bass guitars Answers on 5 strings bass guitars are also welcome. I get the impression that the extra string is more commonly B on these. A 5-string ...
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Double basses - C extension v 5 strings v neither

Five-string basses in orchestra would be tuned BEADG (from low to high). Another option, which would be used more for solo work, would be EADGC, with the fifth string being an additional higher string ...
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Where should I put my thumb when playing bass guitar?

Check out this YouTube, I found it very helpful. I'm a long time guitar player that started playing bass a few years ago. In the last year I've gotten more serious ...
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Double basses - C extension v 5 strings v neither

Fun fact 5 String Double Basses (as well as the 6 & 7 String models which are becoming more popular these Days adding on High C & F making them super versatile) eliminate the need to have an ...
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Double basses - C extension v 5 strings v neither

I can only answer referring to electric basses. As already stated, 5 string basses use either a high C or low B. The low B is more common, as the high C takes the bass into guitar territory. One of ...
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Can you put a detuner on any string of a 5 string bass

There are machine heads on the market that look like they'll match yours. The problem may be the space between the A and B string machine heads. Best is to contact the manufacturers of both the heads ...
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