#1
I'm looking to tune my Yamaha RBX270 to Drop C and similar drop tunings (like C and D standard) to play some Metal. What I really need to know are which string guages I should look at, which will be able to handle the drop tunings but wont put too much tension on the basses neck.
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#2
You will want the largest string gauge possible really, like 50-110's or your strings are going to be really sloppy.
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#3
get some baritone strings (5 string bass strings) and just lose the thinist guage string
#4
A B string would be a bit thick for D standard. You'd have humongous amounts of tension on the neck by tuning it 2 steps higher.
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A B string would be a bit thick for D standard. You'd have humongous amounts of tension on the neck by tuning it 2 steps higher.


So what guage of a standard 4 set should I look for
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#6
I'd look for a .125 gauge set.

Go to your local guitar store, see what they would recommend.
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get some baritone strings (5 string bass strings) and just lose the thinist guage string

thats just a 5 string bass, not a baritone bass
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#9
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How often are you changing your strings/tunings on the same bass?


I'm planning on leaving it in Drop C for the most part, maybe brining it back up to D standard and down to C standard if the strings'll allow it
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#10
You're gonna be ****ing your strings hard if you change often. Personally I'd put the Stingray in drop C and leave it there with a B string at the bottom and then an A, D, and G string dropped down a whole step, and then use the Xplorer you've got for D and standard.
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You're gonna be ****ing your strings hard if you change often. Personally I'd put the Stingray in drop C and leave it there with a B string at the bottom and then an A, D, and G string dropped down a whole step, and then use the Xplorer you've got for D and standard.


Tuning the B string up a whole step is a really bad idea, do you know how much tension that's gonna cause?
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#12
Except you're tuning it up a half step, and if you're playing on that yamaha, which has a 34" scale neck, the tension won't be so much more that you're going to kill it.
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Except you're tuning it up a half step, and if you're playing on that yamaha, which has a 34" scale neck, the tension won't be so much more that you're going to kill it.


Perhaps, but for the mo I'm buying a 50-110 set of Elites, I tried drop C with a set of 45.-105 Roto's and it took Drop C alright, so I'm hoping that the 110's will take Drop C well and might just managed C Standard.
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#14
Like I said, its something to try out, if it doesn't work it doesn't work, but personally I am not a fan of slack tuning anything to the point to where you're tuning down past a whole step because of how I set my actions.