#1
Since I'm living in Bosnia, and variety of possible accessories for guitars and such is quite limited, I'm looking for a way to improvise. Anyhow, I've been wanting to go to drop C or standard C tuning, as I'm playing mostly death metal and stuff. The thing what I want to ask is, is it ok to have bass strings on guitar? Will there be any ****-ups and will they cause any problems, because I need "fatter" strings for lower tunings and I can't find em here unless I specially order it for myself, and that costs money :/

Anyhow, what's your opinion on this?
#2
I've seen it done, but it was in a noise-rock band so I didn't get a good idea of how it sounds haha. Mostly it sounded like GRRRRR WHUGGA WHUGGA CHIKA WHUG WHUG GRRRRRRRRRRR
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#3
Bass strings?

You're crazy, the ammount of tension needed to get them in tune would be insane. =\

Try tune your guitar strings up a 6th.

There are many other implications but I will probably make a fool of myself and be proven incorrect.
#4
Yeah bass strings will be far to heavy for that.

Meshuggah use a bass string for their low F though apparently. But i wouldn't recommend you try it at home.
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#5
I doubt the strings would even fit into the nut unless you filed the nit down which is just insane, also you'd need to buy 2 packs of bass strings, which aint cheap (the ones i use re £35 a pop) so you'd probably be cheaper ordering in strings from the internet, its not THAT expensive.
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#6
Would they even fit on your guitar?
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#7
They would most likely snap the neck of guitar with the amount of tension needed.
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#8
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They would most likely snap the neck of guitar with the amount of tension needed.
Absolutely not true. I have seen it done, with a Squier Strat no less, so I can say with 100% confidence that a bass string will not snap a guitar neck. Whether this guy's problem will be solved by a bass string is a separate issue.
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#9
come here to croatia we're close :P
very cheap strings.. and that drop C tuning isn't that low, can't you make it with your's?
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very cheap strings.. and that drop C tuning isn't that low, can't you make it with your's?


Most of em misunderstood me ^^

I wouldn't go that far to have like 4th bass string on guitar, I was thinking the 1st one, from what I've seen, there are a lot of bands that use even thicker strings than first one on bass guitar.

I can't make it to drop C with these I have :/, the thickest here are .49 for 6th string I assume, but once it goes to C# it gets out of tune and hits the frets.

Well, I was just asking, was expecting some flamage, but not this much ^^
#13
well.. that could work, but what with other strings?
btw, my 6th is .54 and i can use drop A
#14
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well.. that could work, but what with other strings?
btw, my 6th is .54 and i can use drop A


I tried drop C with mine, I guess it's somewhere between .48 and .51, and it doesn't sound very well , gets out of tune quickly. Although I have a ZR tremolo and I can play for hours in standard D and still be in tune, either my Ibanez S470 was not cut out for the lower tunings or I don't know what ^^

I'll probably stay in D standard for covers sake, Kreator, Death, Sepultura and some other bands that play in D# like Slayer, Metallica, old Morbid Angel, Iced Earth etc, but it's still nice to try out something new ^^
#15
I think it would warp your neck but Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath put bass strings on his strat when he realised he couldn't keep up with Iommi on guitar
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