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High Eb or Low C# for 10 string bass?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Dragzole, Feb 7, 2014.

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High Eb tuning or low C# tuning for 10 string bass?

  1. High Eb tuning

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  2. Low C# tuning

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  3. Just get an 11 string...

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  1. Dragzole

    Dragzole

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    I was wondering what peoples opinion would be on this topic. I only play a sixer right now, but id definitely like to have a bass with this many strings:bassist:

    So, low C# tuning(C#-F#-B-E-A-D-G-C-F-Bb) starting at C#0
    High Ab tuning (F#-B-E-A-D-G-C-F-Bb-Eb) starting at F#0

    Both tunings are in standard fourths
    What do you guys think would be the more useful tuning?
    Do you think the choice should just be eliminated with an 11 string?:)
  2. LazyGecko

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    If you're looking for something like that, just go for an 11 string haha it eliminates the problem of having to choose then having buyer's remorse
  3. Dragzole

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    Yeah that's what I was thinking, plus with an odd number of strings, scales are a lot easier, thanks for the input
  4. chubfarm2001

    chubfarm2001 Supporting Member

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    The C# is not very audible. More effect than anything, for almost like a sub kick kinda slap sound. You would get the same thing from playing an F# the correct way, but in that range you can still make out notes. Just my $0.02.
  5. Jensby design

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    Just out of curiosity, have you played in ranges this high or low before.
    If not you should really give it a try, get all the strings and put half of them on your bass at a time just to see what you like using.
    I personally do not care to use anything pass a high F-string, love to hear other people do it, just feels odd for me. I don't think I can go too low.
  6. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Non Serviam Supporting Member

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    I have absolutely no idea if what you've said is correct or not, but I find my B string sufficient, and I've never felt the need for a low F#, much less anything lower (while respecting those that do). To be honest, I can't even imagine notes much lower than F#, although without hearing it myself, my mind remains open.

    Still, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that a high Eb would be much more musically useful. At least to me.
  7. Dragzole

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    That's what I was leaning towards as well, also, as far as applications for the low F#, you'd need it to accompany an eight string guitar, and when given the low C#, you then have notes an entire octave LOWER than standard 4 string basses, so u can play sub-bass parts to songs, which is cool
  8. chucko58

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    A practical question: do you have the hands to take full advantage of that many strings? Not saying this as a "hater", more as a "been there done that".

    I had 7 string envy for a particular Benavente, and was lucky enough to be able to buy it; but I quickly found out my hands aren't big enough to play low notes comfortably on such a wide neck. A narrower spacing would have made it more practical for me.

    Jean Baudin plays 11 string - with a two-handed tap technique. If that's what you're aiming for, great. If you plan to play it like a bass, you'd better have hands like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (showing my age here!).

    I'd suggest you find someone with a bass like the one you would have built and give it a try before you spend money on a custom you won't be able to play.
  9. Dragzole

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    Yeah for sure

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