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Now don't go telling me to put this in the Tbird thread as it actually has little significance to the tbird itself.

I had a old 5 string set lying around (don't ask me how i don't even have a 5er) and saw my old epi, and basically put them together.
I filed the nut and now string it BEAD. It was a fairly simple transition as i just used the strings themselves to widen the nut slots (took 5 mins) and with a quick turn on the truss rod it was playable.

My question is do many of you tune your basses this way and in what context do you find it most useful?

I realise similar threads have been made before on tuning 4 strigs to BEAD, but i'm not looking for advice on should i/how to do it.

I also did this as an experiment to see what a 5 string bass would be like with 34" scale due to the fact that i will be building a 5 string soon. It has turned out surprisingly unfloppy.

are people overreacting when they say 34" scale basses dont work for 5 strings?

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#2
so on a scale of 1-10 how muddy is it NOW

and i think you sorta answered your second question, didn't you?
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#3
the 35" scale thing is more comfort than anything else. i demand a 35" for my 5ers because i like the B to feel as tight as the other strings and with a 34" it just doesn't cut it. also a longer scale gives a stronger more defined low end to the tone
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#4
Its all personal preference

I personally think the difference between a 35 inch neck and a 34 inch neck for 5ers is almost non existent if you use a hybrid set of strings, or if you don't hit your B string with a baseball bat, but that's just me.
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so on a scale of 1-10 how muddy is it NOW

and i think you sorta answered your second question, didn't you?


It is alright actually. Not the clearest tone ever but then again the strings i have on are really quite old/used.

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the 35" scale thing is more comfort than anything else. i demand a 35" for my 5ers because i like the B to feel as tight as the other strings and with a 34" it just doesn't cut it. also a longer scale gives a stronger more defined low end to the tone


Hmm i just gave my strings a quick feel and i agree that there is less tension in the b string, but so far it hasn't been particularly noticable when playing.

I guess i will have to try out a 35 scale now to compare/contrast them.

Cheers for the replies guys.

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To be honest, I think my 34" 6er's feel fine. I like the B a little loose, though I honestly can't call it loose.
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basically yeah.

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I belireve chris is nutter.

I also prefer my b to be 35", as i found from my 5 string jazz especially when playing over the neck pickup. But i find the rest of the strings fine at 34", maybe some of those single saddle things, different tensiuons for different strings.
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#12
I've found this whole 34"/35" scale the quintessence of overreaction - I own several 34" scaled instruments with a B string and never have a problem with it. I've played 35" scale basses and didn't find it too terribly essential. Excuse me if I don't think a 3% increase in scale length changes string tension to the point of it going from untolerable to essential.
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I've found this whole 34"/35" scale the quintessence of overreaction - I own several 34" scaled instruments with a B string and never have a problem with it. I've played 35" scale basses and didn't find it too terribly essential. Excuse me if I don't think a 3% increase in scale length changes string tension to the point of it going from untolerable to essential.

I agree with this. I've never really noticed a difference playing all different scale length basses. Except for the short-scale 30" ones. I hate those.
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Thanks for all your replies guys.

I think i'm just gonna have to try out a load of basses of different scale lengths before i decide what i like.

Only problem is that most music shops around here mainly stock electric guitars, pianos and drums. Bass hardly gets a look in. You are luckly if you get more then a few squiers and a fender.

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I use a 34" 5er and my B string is pretty damn tight. If you want it to be taught, you need heavier strings. I use a 0.135 low B and quite frankly, it kicks ass.
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I use a 34" 5er and my B string is pretty damn tight. If you want it to be taught, you need heavier strings. I use a 0.135 low B and quite frankly, it kicks ass.


I've got a 130 B i think. It seems to be fine.

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everybody disses the t-bird, but i started on one and i loved it, it was so pretty looking!!!! and since it was my first bass i thought it was excellent, anyone who disses them needs to feel a little ashamed about now.
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everybody disses the t-bird, but i started on one and i loved it, it was so pretty looking!!!! and since it was my first bass i thought it was excellent, anyone who disses them needs to feel a little ashamed about now.


I half agree with you here. It does get a lot of stick, but when the chips are down, they play quite well. If i could go back in time i would rather have bought a squier/used fender though.

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