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Tuning 6 string bass to EBGDAE

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Pollyfoot, Nov 16, 2013.


  1. Pollyfoot

    Pollyfoot

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    Hi I am Pollyfoot the new boy who has played classical guitar at hobby level but I have always loved the bass sound and have been told that it is possible to tune a 6 string bass to guitar setting by buying a string set for a 7 string bass and discarding a string.
    I can hear you groaning already but which string should I discard and is this really possible. It does mean I could play a lot of my music although it will be at an octave lower.
    If you could help I shall be forever in your debt
     
  2. OOZMAN

    OOZMAN

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    Yes, you would discard the biggest string. Also you mean EADGBE tuning.
     
  3. Pollyfoot

    Pollyfoot

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    Thanks for that and at some speed. Regards pollyfoot
     
  4. atheos

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  6. Jim Nazium

    Jim Nazium Supporting Member

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    There are instruments that are designed for that tuning. They're usually called baritone guitars, and they usually have a shorter scale and narrower string spacing than the instrument we call a 6-string bass. The Bass VI mentioned above is one, there's also Danelectro and some others. As a guitarist you might find these more comfortable. Just something you might want to look into.
     
  7. Jensby design

    Jensby design

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  8. BenWhoPlaysBass

    BenWhoPlaysBass

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    IMHO playing any kind of chord work on a standard 6-er would be tedious. Fretboards are reeeaallly wide compared to even a classical guitar neck... I dunno. Maybe I've got small hands. +1 to atheos, bass VI is a good option for that kinda stuff I'd say.
     
  9. TapyTap

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    In this video, Abraham Laboriel is playing his bass precisely as you have mentioned: EADGBE
     

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