#1
My bass is now in standard tuning, but with a band I'm going to have to tune down a full step because of the singer's vocal range limit.

Now I wonder, before I do something stupid that might mess up the neck or whatever, will something bad/negative happen if I'd tune it down without adjusting the truss rod or something else? Would I have to do something with the bass if I'll tune it down?

How long can I have it tuned down before something happens? I know these could be seen as "beginner"-questions, but I'm not used to tunings other than standard.
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#2
you'll be fine. just get thicker strings
you might want to invest in a better nut to compensate for thicker strings, but i wouldn't worry about it
#4
Thanks, don't think I'll be needing thicker strings though

It's my only bass, and most of what I play is in standard, so I'd like it to be flexible in tuning between standard and a step down.
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#5
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You sure? Our band rehearsals can last 2-5 hours, so tuning down at practice and tuning back up afterwards would work?
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#6
You could also consider thinking "musically" and not re-tuning, just play up the octave. What sort of style music is it?
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#7
Either get thicker strings, or tune down and then adjust the truss rod. Maybe consider a capo? Any electric guitar capo should work fine with a 4 string.
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#8
Pretty much nothing, I have my bass set up for standard tuning with light strings, and I've tuned it to drop B and left it like that for a month and it was just fine.

If you drop a full step, just change your gauge up by one size and you should be fine without having adjust the truss rod.
#9
You should be fine with drop tuning a whole step with a standard string gauge (something like .105-.45 or .100-.40) without worrying. I've had my six string in constant Drop A#-C Standard (2 whole steps down) with a relatively light string gauge (.125-.30) with no adjustments needed.
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For some reason I thought you were going to be tuning to E0.

wat

An E0 is almost in the infrasonic range. ._.
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#12
I was tuning down a whole step with standard strings and I had no problems whatsoever. I put thicker strings on, and I actually kind of regret it, as the bottom string doesn't actually fit in the bridge saddle or the nut slot on my bass. And it's a lot harder to bend (obviously), which I do a lot.
#13
ya man, i tuned down a step and nothing bad haoppened, i did get thicker strings after a while just because i liked the sounds and the feel but you should be fine.
i sometimes would also adjust the truss rod ever so slightly just because i liked to have it really fine tuned to how i liked it, but thats just me being picky i dont think it should have any bad consequences, might go out of tune a bit easier depending how hard you play.
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