#1
So i play quite a few dropped D songs and i was considering getting a 5 string cause i hate retuning, and i asked advice from the guy at the shop and he said rather than getting a 5 string you could just get a 4 string and leave it in dropped D tuning.

So i was wondering what you guys think should i get a 5 string or a 4 string to leave in dropped D.

Also if i left it in dropped D is there any way around how weird the string tension feels?
#2
Quote by tmtheturtle
So i play quite a few dropped D songs and i was considering getting a 5 string cause i hate retuning, and i asked advice from the guy at the shop and he said rather than getting a 5 string you could just get a 4 string and leave it in dropped D tuning.

So i was wondering what you guys think should i get a 5 string or a 4 string to leave in dropped D.

Also if i left it in dropped D is there any way around how weird the string tension feels?


Tuning a 5 sting with a low B to a D is a bad idea, too much string tension. Also, how would you tune the 5 sting? DEADG?

Get a 4 string, tune it DADG and get it set up properly, that funny feeling will go.
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#3
Oh no i meant just learn the dropped D songs on the B string. It's having the notes there that is the problem for me not so much where they are on the fretboard.
#4
Well, if you play drop D stuff on the low B, the open D would be the third fret, and you can work from there.

This is fine, unless you do a lot of high speed pedalling on the open D (think Lamb of God's Walk With Me in Hell main riff.) . Having to go back to that third fret, at high speed, is difficult. Not impossible, but difficult. Of course you can string skip, but again, you're making things a little difficult. Then there's the whole tone thing- the timbre of notes changes on different strings.
#5
If you don't think you'll be using the low B, C or C# much, then you should get another 4-string and keep it in Drop D. Otherwise you'll have the same problems you would get trying to play standard tuning songs on a Drop D guitar.

If the low D is flabby, you should get a slightly thicker string for it.
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#6
Drop tuning songs have a certain play to them. It's really hard to just compromise using the 3rd fret. I know because I've tried it.

I think you just need to learn to tune your string down to D and back up to E. I've seen guitarists and bassists who need a tuner to do it, or can just take up to like 20 seconds. For me it's as simple as half a second tune, going up or down. You just need to learn to tune it real fast and get used to the slightly looser feel of the down tuned D.
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#7
Look at Hipshot D-Tuner. It should allow you to quickly detune your E string to D. I haven't used it thought, so I have no idea is it really convenient.
#9
I found for me unless the song really needed the open D I preferred just using my 5 string. I did have a few songs both covers and originals that just didn't work out well and used my 4 string but if it could be done I liked the 5. If you haven't played a 5 much I'd say try one out and see how it feels playing the songs you need to see if you like it. I've seen people who hate them but I fell in love with mine the day I bought it (played a show with it the next day that was interesting to say the least)
#10
Quote by Zaqq
Look at Hipshot D-Tuner. It should allow you to quickly detune your E string to D. I haven't used it thought, so I have no idea is it really convenient.


^This. I've got one on one of my basses (it came with it) and while I don't use it much, it certainly works. Throw the lever and you're in drop-D; flip it back and you're back to "E."
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#11
I am rather new to playing a 5 string, and am rather new to playing dropped D songs in a band setting. If I only have my 5 string with me for rehearsal, depending on the song, I will tune drop D on my 5 string. I then tune my low B to A (then I ask we play out Korn songs before I tune again!). If I am playing a song like, Stinkfist or any Tool song that I know really, I find having the open D is so important that I prefer playing open D as opposed to playing a D on the 3rd fret. I like being tuned like the guitarists just for continuity. I play a 5 string to increase my range, not to prevent re (or de) tuning. If the guitarist(s) tune down a half step, I technically don't need to, it's just less confusing in the long run since we are always learning new songs. That's just what I prefer. When I first heard of the Hipshot D-tuners I thought "COOL!"
#12
Don't get a 5 string thinking you'll be able to play drop D/drop C songs on it without retuning. It's a PITA to try to get from whatever fret you're on down to 3/1 on the B and then back again. Agreed on the D-Tuner if you really don't want to have to retune.