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Old 10-19-2012, 01:00 AM   #1
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6 String bass low F#

Hey guys, my friend bought a 6 string Ibanez bass, and he would like to have a low F# string instead of having a high C to match my 8 string guitar. The problem is, he doesn't know what strings he needs to do that. If you got any suggestions, you would be really nice to leave them here. Thanks a lot!
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:41 AM   #2
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It's a little on the pricy side at just over $60, but I personally use Circle K Strings' ".166 6 String 34 to 35 Scale Length Traditional" set for that tuning

the gauges are:
.166 .124 .094 .073 .055 .041

If that price point doesn't suit you you could always just buy your regular set in a 5 string version and pick up a single string from that company for around $25

Those big heavy strings hardly ever wear out so you should be all set for a while just buying that one string. and replacing the rest as normal
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Will he need to change his tuners for bigger ones or it should fit in?
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Old 10-19-2012, 02:01 AM   #4
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he won't need to change his tuners, but he will need to get his nut refitted for the heavier strings.
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:46 PM   #6
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Was looking into having my 5's modified at the Nut for the Sub Contra Bass and an extended range Bass.

I was hearing Brass Nut quotes at $200.

Perhaps next year.
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Old 10-19-2012, 02:37 PM   #7
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CJ what sort of amplification do you use?
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Old 10-19-2012, 02:57 PM   #8
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Just so you know, that low F# is very very low and not that usable......

It's almost on the edge of human hearing spectrum....
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:02 PM   #9
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Just so you know, that low F# is very very low and not that usable......

It's almost on the edge of human hearing spectrum....


It's just as useable as any other pitch.
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:08 PM   #10
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You should get it properly set up though, other wise it's gonna be floppy regardless of the string gauge. I would use a .175 gauge personally for the low F.

Also, proper EQ'ing will help, if you add way too much low it's just gonna sound like a big wet fart.
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It's just as useable as any other pitch.


Really? Because my brothers friend got a 7 string bass about a year ago, and the low F# sounds very unclear and 'farty'....

Idk, maybe just his pickups suck...
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:43 PM   #12
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Idk, maybe just his pickups suck...

probably this. Obscura's bassist uses a 7 with flats, and you can hear it alright. seems to all be in the Eq and pickups.
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CJ what sort of amplification do you use?

500w 1x15 portaflex is the rig I usually use for that setup
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:14 PM   #14
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I use Circle K .166 for low F#. Ibanezes have a shorter scale length, though, so you might want to go a size or two up.

Low F# is completely useable. Those who say otherwise haven't tried it themselves.
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Just make sure your amp/speakers will handle it, you'll need a hefty speaker and plenty of watts.
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500w 1x15 portaflex is the rig I usually use for that setup


I've never actually came across that make before. Does it handle it ok?
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I've never actually came across that make before. Does it handle it ok?

The make is Ampeg, Portaflex is the model. it handles it fine
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:08 PM   #18
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Check out Nakedstrings, you can choose the gauge of strings you want.
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