5 string tunings and string gauges

Discussion in 'Ask Todd Johnson' started by musicforpeace, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. musicforpeace


    Aug 22, 2011
    I recently purchased a 5 string bass with the idea of tuning the top four strings up one whole step to go with a guitar in drop B tuning. I've been told this would require extremely light strings to loosen tension, or the neck will be destroyed. Any advice on what string gauges would work well for this?
  2. Todd Johnson

    Todd Johnson

    Sep 27, 2005
    Anthem, AZ
    Your best bet would be to ask Michael Manring on his forum. He's the string and tuning expert!!! Have fun!!!
  3. Massimo636


    Aug 3, 2011

    Somewhat expensive, but has the perfect tensions throughout every string. I've looked around, it's pretty much the only way to get the right string tensions for a drop tune. I use the .118 pack for drop C on my 5-string and it's perfect.

    .124 .082 .061 .045 .031 B-F#-B-E-A
  4. Todd Johnson

    Todd Johnson

    Sep 27, 2005
    Anthem, AZ
    Great....glad you found what you need. Sorry I couldn't be more help.....
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  6. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    D'Addario also has a string tension/tuning matrix pdf that you can download to find the proper strings for the same tension as conventional tuning at the pitches you're wanting to play as open strings. I have used their chart for years for exactly such applications, including alternate bass string tunings, guitar open tunings, "terz" tunings, etc.