#1
I need some insight on how to re tune my bass. Right now I use heavy gauge strings and have my bass tuned to AEADG. I want to tune it to CGCFA#(maybe A). Will I need to get new strings to reduce the tension on the neck or will it be fine?

My other option is tuning to BCGCF.
#2
sorry it doesnt really pertain to the question, but im curious as to know whyd you'd tune to A# and not A - just caught my attention
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sorry it doesnt really pertain to the question, but im curious as to know whyd you'd tune to A# and not A - just caught my attention

I could tune it like a bass or tune it like a guitar.
#5
You could get yourself a nice heavy set of strings and tune GCGCF. You can manage it pretty well with 45-110, and a 135 low B if it isn't necessary to have the higher string or whatever.

Otherwise, I would get a heavy six string set and string it with everything but the E string. That way you simply tune everything down a step as opposed to 1 1/2 steps up (except the low B, which obviously goes to C, which is only a half step up).
#6
Lighter strings, definitely. Otherwise you'll ruin the strings you have now and probably mess up your neck (too much tension = bad for your neck, especially if it's a set neck. Bolt ons can be replaced, other necks can't).
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#7
i go C G C F A#
id recommend:
buy 4 thick strings meant for a four string bass, and either buy one very light G string and take it up to the A#, or buy a high C meant for a sixer and take it down to the A#.
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You could get yourself a nice heavy set of strings and tune GCGCF.


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You could get yourself a nice heavy set of strings and tune GCGCF. You can manage it pretty well with 45-110, and a 135 low B if it isn't necessary to have the higher string or whatever.

Otherwise, I would get a heavy six string set and string it with everything but the E string. That way you simply tune everything down a step as opposed to 1 1/2 steps up (except the low B, which obviously goes to C, which is only a half step up).


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Why don't you just up tune a 1/2 step? That's how I got my 5 set up.


I recommend this depending on what you actually have to play.
e.g. I play in 5 string standard while the guitarists in my band tune to drop B, however playing Lanb of God stuff in D standard (or anything but drop d tbh) is unnecessarily difficult.
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It does make sense. A-C-G-C-F.
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It does make sense. A-C-G-C-F.


But would tune that to a Low instead of a Low G, I'd tune it to an A if I was in drop D.
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But would tune that to a Low instead of a Low G, I'd tune it to an A if I was in drop D.


Yeah, most people would but depending on the string gauge I'd tune it to a low G or a low A.
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#17
Go with G if your bass can pull it off to at least try and keep a 4th between the lowest two strings. Helps by using the same economy of motion idea which could help your playing.

If you know your going to be playing with the higher tuning option go for that though, just depends on what you wanna do. Warwick makes a great .135 gauge set that you can use for the G if you so choose, many other string companies do too but not in a set which is annoying , anything of a higher gauge tends to cost far too much for me to justify it.
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#18
I took another look at the material and the low c was rarely used for anything but chugging. So I tuned CDGCF that way I can use the low c for chugging and the rest for the riffs. Hopefully this won't harm my neck.

Thanks guys.
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i have high-guage strings, my band plays in drop c, i tune GCGCF - though i rarely play on the low G as my 410 cant handle those super low notes...
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I took another look at the material and the low c was rarely used for anything but chugging. So I tuned CDGCF that way I can use the low c for chugging and the rest for the riffs. Hopefully this won't harm my neck.

Thanks guys.


Umm, it shouldnt if you have a pretty light "B" string on the bass.

However, when i read that i had to look over the tuning a few times . I find it awkward, good luck i dont know how well showing riffs youve written to a guitarist would play out but go for it .
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#22
in one of my bands i tune C#C#G#C#F# so you could tune to CCGCF, i find having the two bottom strings the same gives it a cool sound when slapping and such.
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