Hey guys, I just recently aquired a 5 string Ibanez and I was wondering if it would be ok to drop my low B string to an A. I play alot in drop tunings, and if i did that, i would have constant access to all drop tunings. Im using a standard .125-.45 gague strings. Would it affect tension too bad?
It might be a little floppy (wait for stupid joke here) but it wont do any serious damage to your bass. I do it all the time with my five string and it's all good.
My ibanez takes low A pretty well, considering I do no adjustments. If you're going to be in constant drop, you might as well get a heavier gauge strings and a set up.
You can do it, but you'd wanna get the heaviest gauge for that string that you can get, really. I wish I could remember what gauge I used to use for Bb. I've only recently gotten back into bass. You can do it, though. The nut is cut wide enough. You'll need to adjust the intonation, though.
It's rather common. Also some bassists will drop both the fourth and fifth strings so you can have something like ADADG, or GCGCF, so on.