#1
I'm kind of interested in it because I play a lot in drop D and C. But I'm not real sure on a few things about it...


Firstly, what exactly does it do to help the dropped tuning? I've seen a lot of basses on Talkbass with the key installed and people commenting on how they benefit dropped tuning, but I'm not sure how.

Do I have to buy a whole set of dropped keys, or can I just buy the individual D key?

I'd be surprised if they didn't make them fitted for Fender basses, because Fender is THE bass company. But assuming they don't and I have to drill through my headstock to make it fit, would it be worth the extra work, or am I just better off with stock key?


Does it do anything to help the "floppy dick" syndrome that the low C string experiences on normal basses?


And anything else you think I should know, would be nice.

Thanks in advance for the help.
#2
First of all, I'm not sure if you quite know what the key does. Simply put, you can drop from E to D and from B to A with the flick of a switch. Just hit the lever, and that string gets dropped. Quite simple.

As far as fitting a Fender, they have keys for pretty much every retrofit you can think of; even reverse-tuner vintage Fenders. Hell, I complained that their Fender-lite tuning key (from American Deluxe Basses) looked very outdated, and that day, they added the newer style as an option.
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Ive always wondered how well do they work? I mean do they transfer from E to D perfectly or will it be a little off? Also can you go back and forth to each tuning with ease?
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It has a little seperate knob so you can fine ajust the tuning when it is in drop D to get it dead on.

And it is a switch. You flip it back and forth. Instant drop D or standard. Simple as simply hitting the headstock againt the wall. (Not that I woudl ever do anything like that)
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FYI: You can't drop from E to C. E to D is the max.

I hope your talking about the tunning key and not tunning in general
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I hope your talking about the tunning key and not tunning in general

Yeah, MetalUpTheAss. You can clearly tune an E string down to C. Jeez.
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Quote by Fast_Bear
Tune your bass to drop D evey once in a while.


I haven't played much of anything outside of drop C but scales in months...

I'm just having trouble taking care of that god-awful slinky low C string, it sounds like a mess, especially when I play with fingers.


As far as the tuning key thing. I see where it's useful, but I don't change tunings that suddenly enough to have a need for it. Sounds like a good idea if it works well though.


/while I'm on the subject, anybody know of any ways to take care of that slinky low C? I've heard of stuff like raising the action, buying bigger strings, a smaller nut, all sorts of weird crap. But I don't feel like tossing around money and time seeing what works, anybody have a definite solution
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I haven't played much of anything outside of drop C but scales in months...

I'm just having trouble taking care of that god-awful slinky low C string, it sounds like a mess, especially when I play with fingers.


As far as the tuning key thing. I see where it's useful, but I don't change tunings that suddenly enough to have a need for it. Sounds like a good idea if it works well though.


/while I'm on the subject, anybody know of any ways to take care of that slinky low C? I've heard of stuff like raising the action, buying bigger strings, a smaller nut, all sorts of weird crap. But I don't feel like tossing around money and time seeing what works, anybody have a definite solution

Getting thicker strings helps with tension, also try to play nearer the bridge, the strings have more tension over there.