#1
I currently play a 4-string in Drop-C. If I want to switch up to a 5-string whats the best tuning?
#2
Best... for what?
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#3
I would personally get some heavy strings and go with GCGCF.

You could also get some lighter strings and go with CGCFA#.
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#4
Why not just go standard 5 string tuning? BEADG. If you want, you could even drop that B to a C, and it'd still be decently tuned.
#5
Actually you would raise the B-string by a half step to get C, which is perfectly possible, so I'd go with standard 5-string tuning, too.
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You could also get some lighter strings and go with CGCFA#.


That's what I'd do

The next 5 string I get will be tuned to C# as so: C# F# B E A
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#7
I have two main tunings that I use for my 5 string.

Standard - BEADG
A Tuning - ADGCF

When I bought my K5 I never actually planned on using the factory tuning, but I've grown to love it now.

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I have two main tunings that I use for my 5 string.

Standard - BEADG
A Tuning - ADGCF

When I bought my K5 I never actually planned on using the factory tuning, but I've grown to love it now.


Oh man, sorry for slightly hijacking the thread. But how awesome is the K5? I've been drooling over it for aages, never gotten to try it!
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Oh man, sorry for slightly hijacking the thread. But how awesome is the K5? I've been drooling over it for aages, never gotten to try it!

They are amazing, I'm thinknig about buying a second one for different tunings because I love everything about them. The neck is thinner than most of the other Ibanez basses, which is awesome.

Now, back on topic, you can tune your bass to anything you want, you just need to think about the music that you are going to play and which notes you are going to play.

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#10
well with a 5 string you can play most drop-c songs without much tuning changes (ignoring the open c of course) but for my 5 string music man i like to drop the B to A for that drop A tuning (A E A D G) or drop the B and the E (tuning A D A D G) for fun sounds. also Bassist Rising has a good point that the tuning just depends on what music you want to play.
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If you want, you could even drop that B to a C, and it'd still be decently tuned.
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dropping a string by 11 semitones is more BRUTAL THAN F#!
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Quote by crazysam23_Atax
Why not just go standard 5 string tuning? BEADG. If you want, you could even drop that B to a C, and it'd still be decently tuned.


Are you crazy? You'd need insanely thick strings for that.
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#15
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That's what I'd do

The next 5 string I get will be tuned to C# as so: C# F# B E A


I'd recommend this tuning as well. With drop C I'm assuming you're playing some kin of deathcore or groove metal. Having your strings match up with your guitarists will make writing easier. Some people will tell you to tune your second string to C and use the low string for lower frequency notes. While you can get some beefy notes like this, when you're competing with downtuned distorted guitars I prefer using higher octaves to cut through the mix. You'll essentially have an extra fifth string for things like this, so it would work out well.
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Well i dont know how to explain the music we play, if that really matters. We are waiting to get our recordings back. Maybe when that happens you guys could get a better impression of what im looking for.