#1
Hi, I was interested in buying a 5-string and tuning it to E A D G C. Whenever i play a bass in the store they're always tuned to B E A D G. If I buy one, will I need to restring the bass to get this tuning?

I'm not a big enough fan of breaking bass strings to try tuning that B all the way to E in-store.. Many thanks for any answers.
Last edited by Table Salt at Sep 24, 2008,
#2
you will need to replace the nut. but, it is feasible, and if Steve Swallow is anything to go by, nice sounding.
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#4
So would I have to buy a 6-string pack of strings and not use the B string?
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Grab yourself a 6 string set and use the low B as a washing line. Problem solved.


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Give it a shot dawg, the nut should be alright as you're replacing them with thinner strings rather than thicker so there will be space to accomodate them. That may be a bit of a two edged sword though and the strings being too loose in the nut. I recon you should get a 5 string, do your thing with it and see how well it works.
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Grab yourself a 6 string set and use the low B as a washing line. Problem solved.


This. Or just buy the 5 strings individually, whichever is cheaper.
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#11
yeah i plan on doing this, delirium is very right
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#12
You're definately going to need to buy a new set of strings but not necessarily a new nut. Mine works just fine as it is and I tune my bass EADGC.
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#13
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If you can't find a 5 string set with a high C then yeah. Tuning any strings up by 5 semitones will snap them. Far too much tension.

Not true

I bought a 4 string bass from my friend for 60 bucks. He... "forgot to mention" that he had replaced the strings with the biggest four from a set for a 5 string. Tuned it to standard and nothing broke. I found out real quick what he had done though. The strings were really tight, and the neck warped a bit I changed the nut and the strings but there's still a little bit of warp to it. Now I have a 60 dollar fretbuzzapalooza






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When I first got a 5-er, i tuned it EADGC... it was fine for me...

definitely not good for the bass, but nothing snapped.


and yes, it was a standard BEADG 5 string set
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When I first got a 5-er, i tuned it EADGC... it was fine for me...

definitely not good for the bass, but nothing snapped.


and yes, it was a standard BEADG 5 string set

Yeah that's what I was hoping not to have to do.
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So your strings didn't snap... but the bass was worse off and you got nasty neck warp. Well that's worse than snapping strings isn't it? And even MORE of a reason not to do it.

I didn't say that it ended up all fine and dandy. I adjusted the truss rod some and it's mostly better. I got most of my money back too!

I was saying exactly what you are. That it's definitely not a good idea, but also that it wouldn't snap the strings so that shouldn't be an indication that you've gone too far.
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#18
I bought some super light gauge BEADGC string set and just use the low B as my E string and the rest where they're supposed to go(A for A, D for D, G for G, and so on and whatnot). My bass is pretty much okay, but I do have a wee bit of fret buzz on my B string. But that could also be from my possibly horrible fretting technique.

And to captainjack666, I thought you were going to do this like a month or two ago right?
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