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Tuning 6 string bass to EBGDAE

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


  1. Pollyfoot

    Pollyfoot

    Nov 16, 2013
    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

    Jun 16, 2010
    Australia
    Yes, you would discard the biggest string. Also you mean EADGBE tuning.
     
  3. Pollyfoot

    Pollyfoot

    Nov 16, 2013
    Thanks for that and at some speed. Regards pollyfoot
     
  4. atheos

    atheos

    Sep 28, 2008
    Tampere, Finland
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  6. Jim Nazium

    Jim Nazium Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2007
    Takoma Park, MD (DC)
    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. BenWhoPlaysBass

    BenWhoPlaysBass

    Jun 7, 2013
    VA
    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.
     
  8. TapyTap

    TapyTap

    Apr 26, 2005
    In this video, Abraham Laboriel is playing his bass precisely as you have mentioned: EADGBE