Tuning one step down on 5 string--help!
Hello everyone. I did a bit of digging around here prior to buying a set of strings for my new 5 string and have ended up with a dilemma.
I write/record the bass and guitar in a studio project of mine. I tune my guitar to D standard. I had a 4 string bass until now. That bass I tuned to D standard as well (DGCF). I was using .045-.105 I believe. I bought the following strings for my 5 string:
From la bella strings. I attempted to tune the bass to ADGCF and it all sounds good except the A string.. sounds like horse ****. I can't get a usable sound out of it. It sounds more like other faint ringing harmonics than the actual note it's tuned to, and if I do anymore more than nudge it, it just rattles like hell. According to tension charts it should be pretty close to the D string. I have definitely read reports of people going that low or lower on a 34" bass with similar string gauges.
I haven't spent much time setting up the guitar. I checked the neck relief, and it is probably as close to straight as it could be without being perfectly straight. Should I add some more relief? I tried raising the saddle and nut, that made not much of a difference. I'm not sure if I should just order a thicker string... or if an A on a 34" bass won't work.
The .150 string is tapered at the bridge end, and it is much thinner where it rests on the saddle... is this normal? I've never had tapered strings on this end. I feel like it should only start tapering after the saddle... but don't know how to change that.
I have been a guitarist for many years... and have owned a bass for a few years but am still no bassist, haha.
quick edit: both basses are 34", the 5 string is a warwick corvette
edit no.2: Well here's another piece to the puzzle. I tuned that string up to B, C, and Db and it still sounded horrible in any tuning. The B string the guitar came with sounded fine, and it's much thinner. I don't know the exact gauge. The only things I can think of is the string is not seated properly... or less likely is not wound around the tuning post enough.
Last edited by Marauderin : 08-13-2013 at 08:58 PM.