Strings are kind of important when it comes to the bass. In the case of the bass (I’m a poet and didn’t know it, BTW…), things get mixed up a bit. You have to look at it from the viewpoint of a true beginner. Heck, they both even have the same "wing" string tree style, meaning the headstock side break angle is also the same. I don't think string thru vs top load makes much difference in sustain. Pretty much all onboard active setups use a 9V battery, and if you’ve ever had one die out on you at a gig, you know how much that…sucks! As far as the hardware is concerned, the black nickel finish gives a unique look to the darker, redder color of the merbau. You can get the same vibe for a lot less money with the Sterling S.U.B. And…to be fair…this – in my opinion – should be the way to approach any piece of gear, whether it’s a bass, or a guitar…you get the point, right? And, that’s a natural lead in to our next topic…. Featuring a merbau body and a sturdy 5-piece maple & mahogany neck construction, the D-5 is visually appealing with its clear satin finish (ever heard of ‘merbau’? This is a step above the traditional ‘pickup switch selector’ setup as it allows you to blend the neck and bridge signals together to your liking, then doing a master tone tweak to finish things off. Countless aspiring musicians have tried to learn how to play an instrument, and – let’s be honest for a sec – many don’t make the cut. It features a single humbucking pickup with an active electronics setup along with individual volume and low/high frequency boost controls. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. If it’s not comfortable to play, then you may be inclined to not play it at all – no matter how good it sounds. Sounds weird, but man oh man does it look cool! Strung-through-body instruments have essentially an entrapped afterlength – or at least a super-short afterlength, if you assume the string is terminated when it enters the body as it passes through the bridge. Here’s where a bass guitar with some extra horsepower comes into play, and it’s pretty simple really. As an Amazon Associate and through various partnerships, we earn from qualifying purchases (at no extra cost to you). Maple neck construction is solid and stable, and it features a slim profile for relative comfort and playing ease. The bookend here is that finding the best choice of bass strings for your style of playing will take a little experimentation. Looking for a professional level bass guitar without the associated price tag? When comparing/debating string through vs. top-load merits, people often use two different guitars as their a string through model and the other a top-load model. In fact, my 1993 Korean Fender Squier came with a top-load bridge, and I later changed to string through. You can get the same vibe for a lot less money with the Sterling S.U.B. Songs in this vein often either tune down or use guitars that have extended low ranges of their own; a 5 string will certainly help to keep the low end…well…low. It’s hard enough to figure out how to get your groove on with 4 strings, let alone throwing in an extra one to deal with. We’ll kick things off with an ash body with a highly spalted maple cap. If the bass is top-load or string-thru has no influence on me when I'm looking at buying a bass. along with different gages (that refers to ‘string thickness’). And…it may be a minor detail, but it’s a really, really good one: there’s a low battery indicator. It goes without saying that whenever you hear someone talk about the bass guitar, they typically are referring to the 4 string instrument that we have all grown to love. In case you’re wondering (because I know that I was myself), ’spalting’ means that the wood pattern has been colored by a type of fungus. I have a Fender Jazz 24-fretter and you have the option to string it either way. Hopefully, this information helps you too!