I am currently joining a band and have had a history of joining bands with 8 string guitar players that detune to very low tunings such as drop G all the way down to E (our standard E frequency
Well I am done trying to use really outrageously thick strings
(.166 to .180 [haven't done .180 yet, not sacrificing my nut spacing]) to get down there and be an octave lower for those guys and have difficulty getting a good tone and clarity. Currently tuning down to drop F.
So I want to tune my 5 string Warwick corvette rockbass up instead of dropping it down. Starting with my E/A/D/G strings to F/C/F/Bb therefore leaving my low B string alone OR bringing it up to C. So in all, I am looking at tuning up my bass C/F/C/F/Bb.
Odd, I know.
NOW, I am in the trouble of finding the proper GAUGE for these tunings on my 34" scale bass.
They have to be light to handle the tension of tuning up above standard B up to C and standard E to F (a half step) and the last of the strings (ADG) to a whole step and a half (CFBb). So, I have found Circle K strings to be a good supplier BUT I have had trouble getting into contact with them for a couple days (might be due to NAMM which is any day now) so I can't say I have confidently found or know the proper gauge strings for this up-tuning. I'm guessing a gauge set around .118/.90/.67/.49/.35 but not confident and assured.
Much help would be appreciate and thanks in advance.
(please don't humor me with "Use Capo" or suggestions on drop tuning to F. Avoid suggesting involving staying in Standard E. I know how to do all that, I wish to try this please, thank you.)