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Drop c question?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by DarkAscentBass, Dec 8, 2013.


  1. DarkAscentBass

    DarkAscentBass

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    I play a 5 string and I tune c g c f a#. But some of the pros I like, namely Nolly of periphery and Ryan martinie of mudvayne use g c g c f. I was curious of the pros and cons of this tuning vs what I use and is there as specific reason the prefer this tuning. Thank you
     
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  3. TheEmptyCell

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    The pro is that you get that super low G. The con is that you get that super low G. You'd need a big string to tune to that low G, something from Circle K Strings will work.

    You don't need to do everything or even anything that your favorite bass players do.

    Nolly tunes to G because the band tunes to G. Ryan tunes to G because... I don't know, Mudvayne used to play in drop B, but they sucked after LD50.
     
  4. zachoff

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    I really like having the top string octave at the 5th fret of the 2nd string instead of the 7th.
     
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  6. DarkAscentBass

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    Nolly tunes drop c on his five and like drop f# on his six I think. Ld50 was in drop c. I know I can do it how I want but if you do not ask or experiment you never know what your missing.
     
  7. Dime1012

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    Actually LD50 was in drop B so ryan actually had a low F#, every album after that was in drop C so he tuned his lowest to G, he even stopped playing a 5'er for awhile.
     
  8. overclockerd

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    It's just what works for them, i suggest you try this tuning and see for yourself if it fits your playing style.
     
  9. djaydjay

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    Out of the few songs I tried to play, IMN is the only one that comes to my mind where Ryan really needed that low G (but i've read that most songs on Lost&Found need it). He uses it a few time to get the A# and to do some bend that would have been harder to do on the 1st few frets on the C string.

    Other than that... well, like a low B in standard tuning, it is nice to be able to play some notes higher on the neck.

    The cons? it isn't easy to get a good sounding low G string. You probably will need some custom set ($).

    In fact you just made me want to try again that tuning :D
    I have been using some DR DDT 135 to tune down to A and I wonder if they would handle such a low tuning
     

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