6 string bass tuned to EADGBe?


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Megatallica
04-03-2006, 07:28 AM
I play guitar, but I like bass aswell.

I would like to get a bass this year when I get the money. I was thinking of getting a 6 string, and tuning it to guitar standard now and then so I could play my guitar songs on it, really bassy.

Would this work? Could I tune a 6 string EADGBe without ****ing it up?

Lord Jesus
04-03-2006, 07:37 AM
Probably, but playing guitarstuff on bass just doesn't work that well

F@ Man
04-03-2006, 07:48 AM
it would work.. you'd just have to find the right set of strings..

the thing is, it would have just one octave less than a normal guitar, and only one the the bass has that the guitar doesnt.. from a bass point of view this is a little silly.

Fast_Bear
04-03-2006, 12:55 PM
It would work. You would need some custim strings. But it would be awesome. Even slightly original (A tenor 6 string! Awesome! :D) However, I would suggest you tune to B E A D F# b (Like a bartoli Guitar I think its spelled) So you dont have to pay to much for a replacement pack of strings. And you can still do chords and stuff! :D

Btu if you do want a Bass tuned liek a standard guitar, try ordering your 6th string here! http://www.conklinguitars.com/accessories.html

Bumper
04-03-2006, 01:40 PM
^ A six string bass tuned EADGBe is not a tenor six string, a tenor six is tuned EADGCF.

Strumming chords in the lower register on a bass will not sound good. Also the string spacing on a bass will make most chords difficult for your right hand. If you want to play a low tuned guitar, then get a baritone guitar. If you want to play bass then buy a bass.

epy
04-03-2006, 03:38 PM
yea...if ur going for that tuning, i would suggest a baritone guitar..

tubadude
04-03-2006, 03:56 PM
dont you think an octave pedal is cheaper than a bass?

becuase it sounds like you just want to paly guitar an octave lower. . .

flea433
04-03-2006, 04:05 PM
BEADGC is also used

tubadude
04-03-2006, 04:11 PM
^thats how most 6 stringers are tuned. . .

priest.fan.
04-03-2006, 04:12 PM
I think musicman makes this thing they call "a bass for guitarists or a guitar for bassists" thats basically a guitar tuned an octave lower. Not sure if its still in the lineup though

John Swift
04-03-2006, 06:37 PM
I think musicman makes this thing they call "a bass for guitarists or a guitar for bassists" thats basically a guitar tuned an octave lower. Not sure if its still in the lineup though
The original 6 string basses were tuned E to E, the 1963 Burns 6 string bass had the same scale as the standard guitar.

cold_and_ugly
04-03-2006, 06:40 PM
http://www.music123.com/Music-Man-Silhouette-Bass-i25861.music

that would probably be the six string bass for you, its a short scale and would be a little more similar to a guitar

pa182
04-03-2006, 06:56 PM
mark hoppus uses a 6 string bass. its a fender bass VI or something. its tuned like a guitar but its an octave lower. so i think you will be able to find something that suits your needs.

tylerishot
04-03-2006, 09:52 PM
http://www.schecterguitars.com/spec.asp?id=68
This is a guitar tuned a full octave lower.

SocKo?
04-03-2006, 09:59 PM
if u ask me u should just find an octave pedal like jack white from the white stripes does.
(im very well aware that the song was recorded with a bass, however live he uses the octave pedal).

and i'd just like to reiterate, chords on the bottom 3 strings sound like ****. theres a reason why bass players only play the root notes, and its because chords sound like ****.

FbSa
04-03-2006, 10:07 PM
Yeah you probbally couldn't play chords to great on that though seeming how it would sonund like crap.

*****bass
04-04-2006, 12:43 AM
now insted of doing all sorts of modifications and stuff couldnt you buy a set of 6 strings B,E,A,D,G,C... and put the E in the B spot and move all the strings up one spot and if it worked take a guitar string put it on the bottome (low E) and see if it tunes right??and also low tune the C to a B

UtBDan
04-04-2006, 05:05 PM
mark hoppus uses a 6 string bass. its a fender bass VI or something. its tuned like a guitar but its an octave lower. so i think you will be able to find something that suits your needs.


the Fender VI is a baritone guitar, not a bass.

MastaBassist10
04-05-2006, 03:16 PM
It would be cool for harmonizing with your guitar player, and, if you have an octavator (that goes up), you could trade off parts with the lead guitarist as long as he has an ocatavtor (that goes down) as well. I've always wanted to do that.

maXterbat0r
04-05-2006, 03:21 PM
yeah, fender makes a e to e bass. it's now called the jaguar baritone custom. also, all other ideas are good.

Pedricko
04-05-2006, 04:17 PM
I have an original Bass VI, chords sound decent at best.

If you were to tune a 6 string bass E-E your top e would be like a .20 or something, cause the high c is a .30

John Swift
04-05-2006, 07:00 PM
yeah, fender makes a e to e bass. it's now called the jaguar baritone custom. also, all other ideas are good.

The original Fender Bass VI was a genuine Bass tuned E to E complete with the floating tremolo system; it was basicaly a stretched Jaguar the new Jaguar Baritone is minus the trem and to be classed as a Baritone it would have to be tuned to that register.

maXterbat0r
04-05-2006, 08:43 PM
get a set of 5 strings with a C, get the E from guitar strings, put 'em on, tune C to B, and there ya go, E to E bass.

fujiwasa
04-15-2006, 09:44 PM
according to the tuning chart that came with my dad's Ibanez SR905, a six string is standardly tuned BEADGC

Hypnot1st
04-16-2006, 02:03 PM
and i'd just like to reiterate, chords on the bottom 3 strings sound like ****. theres a reason why bass players only play the root notes, and its because chords sound like ****.

You did not just say that, have you ever listened to jazz?

Basser121503
04-16-2006, 04:13 PM
the Fender VI is a baritone guitar, not a bass.



No it's a bass




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fender_VI

metalstillsucks
04-16-2006, 08:46 PM
So, how is a bass VI tuned?
If it is e to e, its a bass. if its not, i... yeah im just going to shut up and wait for an answer.

John Swift
04-17-2006, 12:48 PM
As I?ve already said the early 60s Fender Bass VI was tuned E To E as was the recent but I believe now deleted reissue. The Jaguar Baritone is a different instrument!
Jack Bruce ?Cream? sometimes played a Fender Bass VI as did Eric Haydock ?Hollies? the original band of Graham Nash ?Crosby, Stills & Nash.

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Jearl
04-17-2006, 07:19 PM
well, if you want a bass thats just an octave lower than guitar, why dont you just get an octave pedal. saves money and its the same thing. unless im missing something

John Swift
04-17-2006, 07:47 PM
well, if you want a bass thats just an octave lower than guitar, why dont you just get an octave pedal. saves money and its the same thing. unless im missing something
Yes you are missing something and that something is that the original E to E 6 string basses were designed in the early 60s when no speaker existed that would handle anything lower than a bottom E and they didn't do that very well either considering that most 12" speakers were rated around 15/25 watts 15"s around 30/35 watts.
An octave pedal is not really a suitable substitute for a genuinely produced bass guitar note.

MetalUpTheAss
04-17-2006, 07:53 PM
Hey John, when'd you get the SG?


And if you want an E-E 6'er try that Musicman Sillhoutte.

metalstillsucks
04-17-2006, 07:54 PM
If you set up the pedal right, they sound fine.

listen to seven nation army. Also, some guitar pedals have an octave feature designed to sound like a bass.

go with the silhouette anyway.

harl91
04-17-2006, 08:19 PM
you can have a "e to e" bass, but it is all about the sound that you want. You would also need some custom strings to go with.

a regular 6 string bass is tuned to B E A D G C, adding a top B and a bottem C to the 4 string.

maXterbat0r
04-17-2006, 08:24 PM
you could also get a pack of tenor sixes(EADGCF) if they exist without being custom made.

John Swift
04-18-2006, 02:46 AM
Hey John, when'd you get the SG?

Hi picked it up in 2001 when I went to visit a Luthier friend of mine, he'd had it sat there for about two years after it came in for repairs, the shop where it came from wouldn't pay the price that had been agreed so he took advice and found that he could sell it to recoup his costs, the numbers on the headstock date it to 1967.

Pedricko
04-18-2006, 06:16 AM
tuning the high C to B and putting the low E off a guitar on WILL NOT WORK!

High C: 0.30
High E: 0.42 (usually)

SONNY MUNSON
08-07-2014, 05:09 PM
If you tune your Bass from 'E' to 'E' then your high 'E' String would be tuned to the 'E' on the second fret of the D string of a Standard Guitar (An Octave above the Guitars low 'E' String), so you could buy a set of 4 Bass Strings, and then grab some thin Guitar Strings, (Use a thin 'A' String from a Guitar for your Bass' 'B' String, and use a thin 'D' String from a Guitar for your Bass' high 'E' string). This is how it would have to be as almost any set of 6 Bass strings would snap in 'E-E' tuning. This is because 6 String Bass sets are usually meant to be tuned down to 'B'.

Tostitos
08-07-2014, 05:45 PM
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