#1
I was thinking the other day: is it possible to tune a 6-string bass like an electric guitar with the right adjustments? I was thinking that you could start with normal tuning (EADG), then tune the high C down to B, then maybe get low E guitar string and make that high E.

I have no plans or pursuing this (thought I might if I had some money) and it's probably not too great of a question, but it has me curious. =P
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I was thinking the other day: is it possible to tune a 6-string bass like an electric guitar with the right adjustments? I was thinking that you could start with normal tuning (EADG), then tune the high C down to B, then maybe get low E guitar string and make that high E.

I have no plans or pursuing this (thought I might if I had some money) and it's probably not too great of a question, but it has me curious. =P

why don't you just get a guitar
that would be a lot cheaper
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why don't you just get a guitar
that would be a lot cheaper

But...it would be a like a guitar tuned an octave lower, wouldn't that make more sense when playing with a guitar player?
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But...it would be a like a guitar tuned an octave lower, wouldn't that make more sense when playing with a guitar player?

that is called a baritone is it not
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that is called a baritone is it not



no, baritones are tuned to B.
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ummm i thought the six strin was an octave lower?
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It's vaguely possible, but not very practical.

If you think about it, the tension that's offset by the odd strings would probably wreak havoc on the strings, and most of them would probably pop. Tuning the low B to an E (3 steps higher) and so on doesn't sound that great for a bass's neck. I also doubt that you could find a guitar E string long enough to fit on a long scale bass.

The only bass I've heard of that is tuned like a guitar is the Fender Bass VI, and that is an expensive piece.
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It's completely possible. You just have to find the right gauges of strings. ERBs have strings that go all the way up to .009, so you must be able to find some to fit it. My suggestion would be to look for a piccolo set and try to buy the individual E string.
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ah, i see what he means, take off the low b, move all the other strings down, tune the high c to a b, and add another string higher up. that might work, though the added string couldn't be the low e on a guitar, because the high e on a 6-string bass tuned like a guitar would be one octave higher than the low e on a guitar. you'd probably need a custom guage string for this, but you can definitely do it.

if you really want to do something like that, it would be a lot more practical to get a guitar and use a Whammy pedal to take it down an octave.
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ya or you could just get a whammy pedal or and octave pedal for guitar/bass and use that, thats what i do
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ah, i see what he means, take off the low b, move all the other strings down, tune the high c to a b, and add another string higher up. that might work, though the added string couldn't be the low e on a guitar, because the high e on a 6-string bass tuned like a guitar would be one octave higher than the low e on a guitar. you'd probably need a custom guage string for this, but you can definitely do it.

if you really want to do something like that, it would be a lot more practical to get a guitar and use a Whammy pedal to take it down an octave.


All he would really need would be a .20-.15. You can buy those here. It's not a really difficult thing, it just takes some extra money to change strings.
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ya or you could just get a whammy pedal or and octave pedal for guitar/bass and use that, thats what i do

definitely beat you to it.
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It's completely possible. You just have to find the right gauges of strings. ERBs have strings that go all the way up to .009, so you must be able to find some to fit it. My suggestion would be to look for a piccolo set and try to buy the individual E string.


I forgot to mention its possible with different strings. Ernie Ball makes a hybrid-type string for 6 string basses. Here's an example. Albeit, they are short scale, but these could be used.

I was pointing out that it's really unpractical with stock strings, Bumper. You get the idea, though.
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^I know that it's unpractical with stock strings. The threadstarter pointed out that he was going to use a tenor five set (EADGC) and add a higher E string.
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piccolo strings. honestly
dont ruin a 6 string trying to make it cool.

(i'm still sketchy on the idea of tracking notes with an octaver)

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#16
You get basses tuned to EADGBE. They were popular a couple of decades ago. John Swift knows a lot on this topic, so he'll probably be along soon!
#17
I've heard of a guy that tunes his 7-string BEADGBE and has no problems with it. If i had a 7-string, I'd do the same thing.
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^Rob Wave had a seven built that he tuned like that. I'd like to point out that it's very impractical. In the sense of playing bass, it is a much better idea to tune it in straight fourths.
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Oh, I totally agree, but then again, I can play some pretty cool bass chords the same way he could play guitar chords.
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^Not really. Playing open chords wouldn't work, it would be much too impractical. Pretty much any chord can be built on a bass tuned in fourths if you have a moderately comprehensive knowledge of chord formation and music theory.
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^Not really. Playing open chords wouldn't work, it would be much too impractical. Pretty much any chord can be built on a bass tuned in fourths if you have a moderately comprehensive knowledge of chord formation and music theory.


Pretty much. I have limited knowledge in theory, and even I can form decent chords on my plain 6. It just takes know-how and a little experimentation.

I'm getting the theory in college, though, so I won't be too far off just yet.
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^Chord formation is infinitely the best thing any bassist can learn (just my opinion though). I opens up countless doors to your playing.