Rusty the Scoob wrote:He never went back to 4 once he tried 6 in Dec '82.
I wonder how he made the adjustment in terms of what he played (let alone the huge difference in feel between two two necks). Once he went to 6-string did he only use the top and bottom strings once in a while at first and gradually work the two new strings into his playing over time? Or did his playing on some songs get revolutionized at once (for example by playing his typical stuff an octave higher or lower than would have been possible on the 4-string, by extending the length of his runs)? In other words, what effect did the two extra strings have on his choice of what to play?
I get the impression he transitioned gradually, playing it at first "like a 4-string with an extra string on top and bottom". He even now still plays a few things like a 4-stringer, like the intro to the Other One for example. He talks about it in interviews here and there.
He didn't really move any parts up or down a full octave that I've noticed, he's traditionally gravitated to the true midrange of the bass rather than the lowest octave like most bass players. The added range just gives him more options while improvising.