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Old 12-15-2013, 09:32 AM
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Two A strings and G strings put on a 4 string bass

I just recently replaced my E string with a spare A string and replaced my D string with a spare G and the results are amazing! Chords are so much easier there's a stronger punch and tapping and fingering is easier.

Will definitely not go back.

Anyone else ever do this????

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Old 12-15-2013, 09:43 AM
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Old 12-15-2013, 09:44 AM
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Hmm, might try this
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Old 12-15-2013, 09:58 AM
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Going to try this if nothing else because I kill E strings left and right.
Sound like a nice way to round out some 3/4 sets!
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Old 12-15-2013, 10:06 AM
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I once strung a bass with four D strings. Was really fun to play, but very confusing
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Old 12-15-2013, 10:19 AM
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I've been considering stringing my basses G string with a D string as I want it to have more punch and less twang.
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Old 12-15-2013, 10:40 AM
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so you are tuning EADG or AAGG ?
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Old 12-15-2013, 10:44 AM
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Old 12-15-2013, 10:46 AM
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Les Claypool played 2 A's and 2 G's tuned EADG in the 90's. He liked the way it felt when chording. But he later decided that it was too unbalanced.
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Old 12-15-2013, 04:27 PM
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Half way to an 'extra-light' gauge...
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Old 12-15-2013, 04:59 PM
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It's time for the nerdy talk with the strings, so be prepared.

Here's the weird thing. I have ribbon wound strings on the original A and G strings and rotosound swing bass (steel) strings on the others. With the rotosound A string being where the E is and the rotosound G being where the D string is supposed to be with the bass tuned in standard (4ths) EADG.
So with the different types of strings on the bass I personally found that there's a really cool tone with chords played (anywhere on the fretboard) and because there's a different sound and feel from each string it doesn't feel unbalanced as stated above, well not yet. An important note is that the bass doesn't feel unbalanced to play but there's a tension change.
And plus it's fun to play.

I first got the idea from Tony Levin ( I think he was the first to be known to do it) from being told about about him awhile back (ages ago) from an old drunk bass teacher. I was always a bit skeptical.... but I got bored and then boom a miracle happened and a new child was born.
Plus the Les Claypool thing is true... he is truly a bass BEAST!
To sum up the playing and everything, chords sound cooler, slap is quicker, tapping seems easier because of the thinner strings and the E string sounds sharper but you still have that lowness with it if you get me.

Try it out ! But try it with a spare bass if you have one first.
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Old 12-15-2013, 05:35 PM
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Last week I tried BEAD with Ernie Bal flatwounds, gauges 0.105, 0.080, 0.060 and 0.045. It worked surprisingly well. Because of lack of tension, relief and intonation had to be adjusted. Playability and tone were certainly worthwile.
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Old 12-15-2013, 07:23 PM
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Old 12-15-2013, 09:27 PM
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So I guess I'm not wierd then for keeping a fresh A string from a few years ago as a spare in case my E string breaks... First Act A string. Still sounds great. I just need to stop switching it out, or I'll never have a fresh spare string.
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Old 12-16-2013, 05:51 AM
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Try tuning AAGG and double up the notes, the sound will blow your mind, even better than an octave-coursed 8 string bass.
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