Help with D standard tuning...

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  1. russpurdy

    russpurdy Supporting Member

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    Ok, so I like the extra low notes of D standard and find it easier to sing in that register as well. I also actually like a bit of slack in the strings when using a standard 45-100 set of boomers on my P Bass.

    Here is the question...

    Assuming I stick with the P bass, what can I do to get more clarity and snap when using this tuning? I find that when I lay on the fuzz and even clean my faster runs get muddy when tuned to D. Is it as simple as a heavier set of strings or should I be experimenting with different brands or maybe stainless steel? Different pickups maybe or would that not help get a bit more clarity and snap? We play groovy sludgy rock/metal but as a three piece I want to play a bit more "lead bass" and need some clarity and snap like a guitar would have.
     
  2. Dave Siff

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    Get this set of strings. They're made specifically for DGCF. I used them for years and they're great.
     
  3. russpurdy

    russpurdy Supporting Member

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    I'll check that out for sure. I'll do a search but can you give me any info on the tone of stainless strings?
     
  4. Kmonk

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    Several manufacturers are making stings for D tuning. Sometimes, adjusting your EQ to add some highs can help. Also, keep in mind that normal hearing ranges from 20 to 20,000 Hz. A low D will be around 36 Hz which is pretty low. Not everyone can hear everything clearly across the frequency spectrum. There are some frequencies which we hear better than others and we all hear things a little differently.
     
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  6. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

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    Much brighter. Also much tenser. If you like a looser tension I would recommend .45-.105 for D tuning steels. I used La Bella steels in that gauge for D for a while and they felt great. I only switched because I changed to my sixer and the strings felt perfect in B standard.
     
  7. russpurdy

    russpurdy Supporting Member

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    Thanks guys. One bonehead thing I just realized I did was to tune to my guitar player last night. He was accidentally in c# so a half step too low. That could have been why last nights jam seemed particularly muddy (didn't have my tuner with me as it was an impromptu jam) but I'm still going to try those stainless steel strings out and hopefully they will do it for me.
     
  8. Dave Siff

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    Generally speaking, stainless steels are brighter than nickels. But I didn't find this set of La Bellas to be overly harsh. They were also easier on the fingers than other stainless steel strings I've tried.
     
  9. MaddAnthony_59

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    I have a similar situation. The band I just joined tunes to D, and plays all songs as if they were tuned to E due to the singer's range. And yes, they play Dropped D stuff in Dropped C. To top things off I play a 5-String. I can get around most of the dropped D. er, C stuff by using the B, er, I mean A string. But these are some FLOPPY Strings! Do they make a set of 5-Strings for A-Tuning? I'll search. Currently I'm running a .125 for the Big Fatty, maybe a .135 would be better. I'll try that for now. I have a set I took off of something that are just sitting there.
     
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    Hmmm. It seems that DR makes DDT strings for D/4 & A/5 string tunings! Might want to check them out!
     
  11. Jensby design

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    :eyebrow: I used a .182 when I tune to the extra low note of D :rolleyes: lightweight :rolleyes:
     

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