#1
I have a standard four-string bass, and my band will be playing in Drop-C starting pretty much now. I have my guitar (primary instrument) tuned to Drop-C for writing the riffs and the like, and it's fine, but I haven't ever tried tuning my bass down that low.

Will the strings be all floppy and smacking on the pickups/rattling? I've watched Mike D from Killswitch play live and his strings flop all over. Would simply coping with it like he does be the best course of action? What else could I do?

I'm not buying a 5-string anytime soon, in case anyone was going to suggest that.
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It is possible to get used to though, right? Like, after a bit of fooling around, it shouldn't adversely affect my playing (at least too much) for the first few months, right? And once I get totally used to it, will it be all good, or will I still be at a disadvantage?

Could anyone recommend a good set of gauges for someone who normally likes a moderate gauge? Like, not super-thick, just thick enough to get the job done.
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#6
the disadvantage will not be of the playing, but rather the sound. With the strings being so floppy, playing anything more advanced than root notes will make the notes sound muddy and kind of merge together.
While it is not too hard to get used to, that is the main disadvantage.

Assuming you usually use string gauges of .45-.65-.85-.105, a nice gauge set for CGCF would most likely be .50-.70-.90-.115, or something of the similar. plus or minus 5 depending on what strings you use currently.

Notice I added +.5 to the low C. This is possibly the most important part as it is drop tuned.
BTW not sure if anyone makes sets of strings in that gauge
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#8
I find that sometimes floppy can sound good...

But if you don't like that, just play closer to the bridge.
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#9
Get heavy gauge strings and if you don't like the E string like that even you can always go for a medium or light gauge B string...C is only a half step up ya know.
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It is possible to get used to though, right? Like, after a bit of fooling around, it shouldn't adversely affect my playing (at least too much) for the first few months, right? And once I get totally used to it, will it be all good, or will I still be at a disadvantage?

Could anyone recommend a good set of gauges for someone who normally likes a moderate gauge? Like, not super-thick, just thick enough to get the job done.



Super thick would get the job done better.


Edit: I'd go for a light B. Something around 1.20mm
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I play in CGCF occasionally, and it doesnt bother me at all. I think action plays an important part. You may want your action in standard tuning to be a bit higher, that way when you do tune it lower it'll be closer to normal. My action in standard is medium-low, that way its low in C, but still doesnt have much fret buzz.
#12
Suck it up and play it without dropping down. It'll give you a lot more respect in my eyes. Or get a B-string and tune it up to C. I do that on my five for some awesome tapping action. But that's besides the point.
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I have a standard four-string bass, and my band will be playing in Drop-C starting pretty much now. I have my guitar (primary instrument) tuned to Drop-C for writing the riffs and the like, and it's fine, but I haven't ever tried tuning my bass down that low.

Will the strings be all floppy and smacking on the pickups/rattling? I've watched Mike D from Killswitch play live and his strings flop all over. Would simply coping with it like he does be the best course of action? What else could I do?

I'm not buying a 5-string anytime soon, in case anyone was going to suggest that.


You could also raise your action....However you'll have to reset your intonation when you do that! **** playin at the bridge, it's a pain in the sac...and sounds like ass
#15
you wont get a huge ammount of flop, but it would be a good idea to get heavier strings. something with maybe a 110 E string. ive tuned down to b with my bass and it gets pretty floppy, but you can get used to it. another idea would be to buy a 5 string set of strings and use the B string as your E, E as your A, etc.
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#16
I'd recommend a set as follows:

.120, .90, .75, .55 for the C standard tuning. If you're doing drop C, I'd get a 120 for the E string and tune the rest ADG as per.
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my band use it and i hated my strings being too loose, tried heavier guage strings and using a standard tune. now i just have a tuned down bass and use a lighter pic, a standard guitar pic, about .88. may sound wierd but works really well for me
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