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Drop tuner on a 5 string possible?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by scottman72, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. scottman72

    scottman72

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    I know...."why in the hell would you need a drop tuner on a 5 string??" I've been over this with some buddies of mine.....the band I'm currently in we play a lot of songs that are in "drop D", also there are a few songs that have bass notes lower than D. I hate to compromise the coolness of those low bass notes by playing them an octave higher, but also I enjoy the sound of the open D string in those "detuned" songs. So I guess really what I'm asking......Is there a 5 string bass that a hipshot or similar drop tuner can be used on the E string? I was looking at my old fender 4 string bass that has a hipshot on it and it doesn't look like there would be room for the lever if it was on a 5 five string. Any ideas??
  2. Steveman

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    Anthony Jackson has a drop tuner on his low-B, so yes, it is possible.
  3. Thrash3r

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  4. georgestrings

    georgestrings Supporting Member

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  5. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

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    Depends on the bass, which you did not specify...

    On my Roscoe, I can use an extender on the low-B _or_ the High-C -- but not both, there just isn't room for the moving parts.

    You may have room for a 'single-acting' extender but not a double-step. The installation instructions and dimensions on the Hipshot site, while fairly complete, do not show the full operating region of the actuating lever, which is a pity...
  6. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    I used to have a detuner on my low B, but it was set to flip between D and B. In the "up" position it was tuned to D, then when you flip the lever it would be tuned to B.

    It worked great
  7. kcole4001

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    Actually, that's a great idea!
    The best of both designs. Playing a pedal D note on the third fret isn't always ideal, but that would be a perfect solution.
  8. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    As long as your bass neck can handle it. Tuning a .125 or .130 up to D is a decent increase in tension.
  9. Razman

    Razman Supporting Member

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    The thought had also crossed my mind (putting a Hipshot on my E machine head) but there isn't enough room for it.

    The solution was buy two more basses - four strings - which I plan to keep tuned to drop-D. Well, I didn't need two of them, just worked out that way as I found two at really good prices within two weeks of each other.

    This also provide a temporary relief of GAS (for basses, anyway). :D

    Raz
  10. Huge

    Huge Hell is full of musical amateurs. Like me. Supporting Member

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    I'm all for technology and acquiring gear, but it seems like you're trying to solve a problem that doesn't exist. Couldn't you just take a second between songs to tune your E to D? If you're playing loud venues I'd assume you have a pedal tuner just in case you can't hear.
  11. scottman72

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    This is what I have been doing so far, sometimes we jump to the next song so quickly there is no time for tuning.

    Also I should have been more clear......I would be putting the hipshot on my E string and not the B string. I love the convenience of the hipshot on my 4 string.......then we started playing songs that required a 5 string. If there was time I would switch basses, but as it is I don't even have time to tune the 5 string lol.

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