Bass for piccolo tuning?
I've been playing for a little over a year now, but I still spend a lot of time playing alone in my bedroom. I've been wanting to play around with piccolo tuning since I saw Zander Zon's videos on YouTube. I have a decent tax return coming this year and I was thinking about getting a bass to string with picc strings, but I'm wondering if there are any features or qualities that make a bass better or worse for high tuning. Things like active or passive electronics, fretted vs fretless, short scale or standard, single coil or humbucker(s), number of pickups, et cetera.
I was thinking that a Stingray or Sterling would be a good choice, but if you'd suggest something different, I'm open to suggestions.
Most of those will work fine tuned piccolo, all depending on what you want to sound like.
I prefer using 30" scale for piccolo, for example, but others swear by 34".
Watched a vid of a player who used the Squier VM mustang for a piccolo. Not sure if this may be what your looking for sound wise. It's has a 30" scale if I remember correctly.
Here is the link
If you want to have a wound G string, instead of plain, you'll probably want a short scale.
Wound strings don't come much smaller than about .020", and tuning that up to +1 octave G on a 34" scale is a lot of tension. It's not uncommon for first-time piccolo players to break their first one just trying to tune up, and even if you get it up to pitch, it's likely to break on you way before the rest of your string set is needing replacement.
If you don't mind the feel of using E-A-D wound strings with a plain G string, you can easily use a 34" scale with an appropriate gauge.
Most piccolo string sets come with a plain G string, so you might consider putting together a set of singles if you want a wound G string. I know LaBella makes a .020 wound string, Circle K strings has a .023, I think Conklin has something close to that too, probably a couple of others out there.
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