#1
My band just wrote a bunch of 7 string songs and i basically need to play in G# tuning now

would it be handier to use a high tension set of strings on another bass aside from my main or buy a 5 string and keep that in the low tuning

bear in mind that i'm dirt poor at the moment and a new bass would take time

thanks guys
#3
I suppose you could just put the bottom B E A and D strings from a 5 string set onto your 4 string bass. You will sacrifice some higher range but I doubt you'd need it if you're just using that bass for certain songs.
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I suppose you could just put the bottom B E A and D strings from a 5 string set onto your 4 string bass. You will sacrifice some higher range but I doubt you'd need it if you're just using that bass for certain songs.


that would be pointless. 5 string basses have a longer scale than 4 strings, so even if you put the thicker gauge strings on its still going to be floppy and slap the fret board

plus the slot in the nut is filed out for an e string.... not a b string so it wouldnt fit anyways

i would start saving up for a cheap 5 string if i were you. you wont be dissapointed
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#6
Every time you change strings the intonation etc. needs correcting. A change this big is likely to require serious adjustment.

As for the 4 vs. 5 argument, play whatever is more comfortable. I prefer the economy of motion on a 5 string, and playing a 5 string has just become natural. Many other people will always prefer 4 stringers.


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that would be pointless. 5 string basses have a longer scale than 4 strings, so even if you put the thicker gauge strings on its still going to be floppy and slap the fret board


Not always. My 5 string is 34" scale length, as are all Warwicks apart from the Dark Lord, and I believe Fender 5 strings are also 34" scale length.
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#10
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that would be pointless. 5 string basses have a longer scale than 4 strings, so even if you put the thicker gauge strings on its still going to be floppy and slap the fret board

plus the slot in the nut is filed out for an e string.... not a b string so it wouldnt fit anyways


That's just not true, different basses have different scale lengths, but I've played 4 stringers with longer scales then 5 stringers. Fenders standard J-bass has the exact same scale length between the 4 and 5.

The only hurdle would be filing the slots in the nuts a little bigger, which is easy as **** to accomplish.
#11
If your going down to G# I'd recommend a 5 string. Or a thick set of 5er strings.

And when I put a set of 5er strings on my bass I didn't file the nut, it's still okay though.
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#12
that would be pointless. 5 string basses have a longer scale than 4 strings, so even if you put the thicker gauge strings on its still going to be floppy and slap the fret board


First of all, retard alert.

Secondly, what are you playing that you need a low G#, but don't need higher strings?
#13
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First of all, retard alert.

Secondly, what are you playing that you need a low G#, but don't need higher strings?



i need the top four strings of a seven string in G# tuning, the notes escape me at the moment though

EDIT: G#-C#-F#-B# low-high
Last edited by Jonny892 at Feb 17, 2009,
#14
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i need the top four strings of a seven string in G# tuning, the notes escape me at the moment though

EDIT: G#-C#-F#-B# low-high

wait, are you playing in b# or g#, if your playing in g# thats right in between a 7 string guitar and an 8 string guitar tuning. if your playing in b# thats a half step up from a 7 string. which one is it? if its b#, you could get away with getting higher gauge strings and down tuning a 4 string. if its g#, i would definitely spring for a 5 string.
#15
its half a step down from the tuning munky in Korn uses which is A, D, G, C, F, A, D (low to high)

EDIT: Early Grave by Architects is the in the same tuning & in a similar style for reference
Last edited by Jonny892 at Feb 17, 2009,
#16
As long as your bass neck is normal size I would just buy a 5 string set. I had the same problem, only I had a Squier Bronco Bass (A short neck) and was short on money, so i bought a set of Ernie Ball 5 strings and they wouldn't fit into the tuning heads after I had clipped the strings down to the right size. But If your bass is normal size, then i recommend that you use a set of five strings and just do that until you have enough money to get a 5 string. Though, i recently got an ESP B-55 and that sounds a million times betterthan what I had before.
#17
G#, Eh? I tune there sometimes, and I find it kind of useless. The only reason I tuned there was because I was covering a few BTBAM songs. You should better buy the 5 String, just for the sheer fact that 1 1/2 steps< 4 steps
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#18
thats pretty frickin low dude.

get a 5 string, or you might suffer "flppy string syndrome" which doesnt make much of a difference no matter how thick your strings are.
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#19
I'd say your best option is learn to play the songs your band wants to play in standard or a not-so-low tuning. If that's possible I would do that.
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I'd say your best option is learn to play the songs your band wants to play in standard or a not-so-low tuning. If that's possible I would do that.


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