Five String Bass tuned DGCFB -String Suggestions
I want to tune my five string bass D-G-C-F-B. I want a good amount of tension. Any suggestions for both strings and gauges?
personally, I'd go with a 50/55-110 set and add a 30 for the B.
Agree with dedpool1052, but may want to look at 35 for B if you are wanting higher tension. D'Addario makes a 32, but 35 would be better tension match for 50-110 set. Look for sets made for high C with larger gauges that will allow for down tuning. Check with Jason, he'll be able to tell you what is available to get the sound you're after.
If you like a .105 for E standard I suggest gauges close to;
.118 .090 .067 .049 .035
If you prefer a .110 for E consider;
.124 .094 .070 .053 .037
Check out D'Addario balanced tension set EXL160BT. It is made up of 50,67,90,120 gauges and is on sale now for TB members....12 bucks! You can add a 35 for B for just over 3 bucks. Cheap way to tell if this is the gauge you are looking for. Then if you like that, you can try out the Circle K set. Circle K has great reputation from those who play them, and they're the only ones that have the gauges listed by knuckle_head, they're just way more expensive. D'Addario set is worth a chance for just over $20 shipped.
I ended up going with strings from https://www.bassstringsonline.com/
I just put on a set of DR High Beams
D .120 G .090 C .065 F .050 A .035
The G is a little loose in the nut; for now I put a piece of plastic in there to hold her steady; next week or sometime after that, I will look at getting a new nut.
I love how this thing plays in this tuning. The strings aren't worn in properly yet, of course, so maybe a tiny bit bright, but still, very nice tone. I also adjusted my pickups just a bit, raising them on the bass side. I tried some different mixes, and used my ears and my wife's. She was in the other room, and I'd call out "this is A; this is B," and she'd pick B every time. In this case B was always both pickups all the way open, tone all the way open.
So I switched it up, and tried a few settings, and she picked A every time. Every time, A was both pickups all the way open, tone all the way open.
That's how I've played both my Jazz basses since Day One, so I guess we'll stick with it. All I have to do is slide my hand down near the bridge and dig in, and I can get a more aggressive attack, anyway.
just curious, why are you avoiding Bb for string 1?
First you went half a step up and then half a step down. What benefit do you get from moving away from perfect 4ths?
Im not judging, just curious. Not being tuned to 4ths would drive my fingers insane.
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