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Old 02-15-2013, 04:04 PM   #1
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Bass strings/Tuning question

This might seem like a dumb question, but I just had to ask:

A while ago I decided to pick up my dad's old 4-string bass. It looks like the picture below, same strings and everything, but it just refuses to tune to drop C (It can just barely handle drop D).
So my question is, will it be able to tune to drop C if I get heavier strings, or am I better off just finding another bass?

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Old 02-15-2013, 06:30 PM   #2
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What do you mean it can't tune to drop c?
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:01 PM   #3
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If the problem you're having is the problem I'm thinking of, you'll have to get it re-setup to be able to handle Drop C tuning. Thicker string gauges would probably help too.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:19 PM   #4
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Try raising the action, thicker strings, and you should be good to go.
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:47 PM   #5
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Try raising the action, thicker strings, and you should be good to go.

Raising the action will sharpen the intonation at 12th fret.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:11 AM   #6
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Raising the action will sharpen the intonation at 12th fret.

True, but not something to worry about. Raise the action, get heavier gauge strings and after you tune it to the preferred tuning adjust the intonation from the bridge. I use 60-120 strings on my 4-string and my tunings are D regular, drop C, drop B, and drop A. My only problem is that it can't handle regular E tuning well cos the strings are too tense.
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True, but not something to worry about. Raise the action, get heavier gauge strings and after you tune it to the preferred tuning adjust the intonation from the bridge. I use 60-120 strings on my 4-string and my tunings are D regular, drop C, drop B, and drop A. My only problem is that it can't handle regular E tuning well cos the strings are too tense.


Of course its something to worry about, how many Bassists are aware of the issue, a high percentage don't even know how to set up an instrument which usually comes with time.
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:40 AM   #8
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Restring it, tune it, and do a setup. I use a .120 for my drop D. It has the exact same tension as the .105 I use for E.
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