#1
Well i was thinking, i rarely use my 1st string, so i was thinking, if i just tuned my strings like so:
5th, 4th,3rd,2nd.
would that work ok, or would it sound crappy?
Id just check n see, but i wanna make sure theres some chance of it sounding good, before trying n messing up my tuning and stuff.
#2
it'll work. If you're making it permanant, I'd file the nut to accomodate the BEAD strings in the new positions. I used to do it with my standard EADG strings, and it sounded alright, after messing with the truss rod and bridge. Loads of people do it. However, I found that I missed the G string, so I bought a 5er.
#4
i don't think bead is a good idea.
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#5
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i don't think bead is a good idea.

I don't think posting when you have nothing to contribute is a good idea.

If you're happy to have the strungs a bit slack there's no need to replace or file out the nut. Move up to a slightly thicker guage and try it out! I have used this tuning with various bass strings and never had a problem. If they feel too loose then try C F Bb Eb instead for a while and see how you like the lower tuning.
#6
dude not cool, i was contributing i said it was not a good idea. if you wish more clarification i will oblige you and say i think that the g string is essential even if you do not use it now and i 5 string will save you grief in the long run
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dude not cool, i was contributing i said it was not a good idea. if you wish more clarification i will oblige you and say i think that the g string is essential even if you do not use it now and i 5 string will save you grief in the long run


So do it in your original post, rather than post whoring.

Anyway, down-tuning to BEAD feels terrible in my opinion, even with a heavier guage the strings are too slack. It's much better to buy a 5-string set of strings and use the BEAD strings. Then you -would- have to adjust the truss rod and intonation, and file the nut slots, but it'd be worth it if you're serious about stringing your bass BEAD.
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#8
Well that's total rubbish because all you lose is the top five notes from the G anyway. I don't think anything is essential. I very rarely use tunings with an open G these days. I use 4 strings and 5 strings. If you don't need the range in one position then there's no need for five. I think it's pretty narrow minded to say that it's a bad idea with no explaination. After all, if he changes his mind he just has to tune back up.
#9
I'd recommend BADG that way you can still use your G string should the need arise. Just use a heavier guage string instead on a E and you'll possibly need to sort out the bridge saddle and nut but it'll mean it won't be so slack as general drop B tuning would make the string.
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#10
man y'all are hatefull. i just gave my opinion which was what was asked for and i get torn apart by self rightious people on an internet forum. dudes relax i think that an open g is necessary i don't know what style he plays but i was under the impression that he would string BEAD whihc means he'd have to do some adjustments to the neck, i thought it was a bad idea, that's my opinion. you think it's a good idea that's your's. but seriously just chill
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#12
I have more basses tuned B E A D than I do E A D G. It's fine. Get a set of 5 strings, and throw away the G. I swear by it and am glad I did it. I'll probably string all my fretted 4-string basses BEAD. You'll have to lower the action, play around with the intonation a bit, and PERHAPS adjust intonation, although I never had to.

Timmy C tunes that way, too. Some of Billy Sheehan's basses are tuned that way as well.
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#13
I thought Billy Sheehan swore by EADG and used neck bends and a Detuning on his E to get low B's
#14
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So do it in your original post, rather than post whoring.

Anyway, down-tuning to BEAD feels terrible in my opinion, even with a heavier guage the strings are too slack. It's much better to buy a 5-string set of strings and use the BEAD strings. Then you -would- have to adjust the truss rod and intonation, and file the nut slots, but it'd be worth it if you're serious about stringing your bass BEAD.


Yea, I've downtuned a set of 55-110's and even that was too slack for my liking, so you are better off with a proper B string.

And truss rod and intonation adjustments will be necessary even if you just downtune a normal set of strings.
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#15
I bought a 5 string set and tuned my cort to AEAD. its ALOT easier than trying to find thicker guages around here, and alot tighter!
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#16
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man y'all are hatefull. i just gave my opinion which was what was asked for and i get torn apart by self rightious people on an internet forum. dudes relax i think that an open g is necessary i don't know what style he plays but i was under the impression that he would string BEAD whihc means he'd have to do some adjustments to the neck, i thought it was a bad idea, that's my opinion. you think it's a good idea that's your's. but seriously just chill

No one was really attacking you besides the first post you made which was very vague. All your losing is 5 notes man.
#17
well i tend to use thoe 5 notes, alot
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#18
Don't detune your strings you won't get as good of a sound as you would if you just bought the 4 low strings.
#19
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well i tend to use thoe 5 notes, alot

You use the frets 19-24 on the G string a lot?

And Billy Sheehan did swear by EADG, but check his website's gear page for some explainations.
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#20
ya i do use those frets alot. i like sweeping solos where i play as high, as low and just every where possible
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#21
Interesting. I used the low D on the B string religiously, a thousand times more than I used those frets. I use those frets for farting around.
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#22
i'd actually love a 6 string warwick for the extra 5 low frets and 5 high frets
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