#1
Simple question. The title says it all. Basically I see some people that say five strings are stupid and unnecessary ('oh well Jaco and Billy Sheehan only uses four), but I see people like Nolly from Periphery tuning a six string with two low strings to get an F#. I have even seen the bassist from Hacktivist using two lower string with the F# tuned down to E giving him drop E one octave bellow the the fourth string! - note I am not getting started on all the 12 string ERBs that tune to low C0 twelve octaves bellow whale song.
Personally I cant see anything bellow G# (five string drop A down a semitone or three semitones bellow the B string) being audible and definitely not in a mix.
This is not a discussion of what is audible, but rather, how far would YOU tune.


To answer my own question. I have my five string in drop G# with a 35".
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#2
I don't really have any need to go lower than B-E-A-D, and 99% of the time I'm in standard or drop D.

I think I might like a 5-er sometime though so I can have a high C.
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#3
I feel the same about a 5 with a high c^

to be honest, the only time i play in drop tunings for the most-part is when i'm playing along to stuff in my room.

the band I'm in just plays in standard tuning, but if I were in a band that used drop tunings I would probably tune to the guitarists' lowest string. Whether that's a B or an F#, is simple that way. In a band setting at such a low tuning as one of the two I just mentioned, there's so much bass frequencies fighting for space that it's the boom from the bass guitar which is important, not so much the clarity (to me, anyway)
#5
on a bass ive never had much reason to tune lower than drop D

or D standard
but then again i dont play much of the tuned down chug chug type of music


tuned a fretless bass down to Cstandard one for shits and giggles once
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#6
I've never had the need to go lower than A# (all guitars were always tuned 1/2 below standard). I use a 5 string and most of the time I didn't use the lower notes much just for some accents unless it was the few songs the guitar player used a 7 string. I used the extra low string mostly to keep my hand position lower on the neck which was nice as I have short arms.
#7
with my band i'll go to drop A for a few songs, but given absolute control, i'd just play beadg.
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i do have a bass in half a step down as well which feels very nice to play in though
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#9
Also Warwick Vampyre Dark Lord is tuned F#BEA. Funny thing, Meshuggah bassist has his bass tuned a half step up, to match 8 string guitars with their F as the lowest string.
#10
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Also Warwick Vampyre Dark Lord is tuned F#BEA. Funny thing, Meshuggah bassist has his bass tuned a half step up, to match 8 string guitars with their F as the lowest string.

they sound pretty nice if used well

thing is people knock drop tuning but the problem with that is if you close your mind to an abused technique or approach you limit yourself creatively, when in fact you could do something good with it. Double basses in orchestras are, IIRC, an E below your standard bass guitar, and there are sludge bands that sound amazing when tuned ridiculously low. Bands like Sunn and Monarch! usually play in A/low E but they've been known to go lower and it just makes the atmosphere crushing.

but people always associate drop tuning with SO BROOTAL because they're stupid.
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#11
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they sound pretty nice if used well

thing is people knock drop tuning but the problem with that is if you close your mind to an abused technique or approach you limit yourself creatively, when in fact you could do something good with it. Double basses in orchestras are, IIRC, an E below your standard bass guitar, and there are sludge bands that sound amazing when tuned ridiculously low. Bands like Sunn and Monarch! usually play in A/low E but they've been known to go lower and it just makes the atmosphere crushing.

but people always associate drop tuning with SO BROOTAL because they're stupid.


Double bass is in thesame register as bass guitar.
#12
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Double bass is in thesame register as bass guitar.

Yup, and both are written an octave above where they actually play.
#13
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Yup, and both are written an octave above where they actually play.

Ah. I don't do reading comprehension it seems. Must've misread.
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And the lazy musicians not wanting to read all those lines below. Same philosophy behind tenor clef.
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