What bass is good for low tunings

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SlapBass1440, Nov 17, 2012.


  1. SlapBass1440

    SlapBass1440

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    Hey my metal bands tuning is in drop c ad my fender p bass does not cut it for low tuning. Like a lot of bassists I am on a budget but any help will be appreciated.
  2. Human Bass

    Human Bass

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    Use a light gauge B (.125) string instead of an E string. C is just a half tone closer to B.
  3. netmics

    netmics

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    The natural reacton is to look at 5 string basses. Also would be good to ask r your luthier if is possible to adjust the action of your precission to lower the E string, but your bass would be restricted to that tuning.

    Hope this helps
  4. El-Bob

    El-Bob

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    Fender P basses are great with low tunings. Any decent bass is. Just get heavier strings.
  5. R Upsomegrub

    R Upsomegrub

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    The original Music Man SUB basses worked well for me tuned D-G-C-F.
  6. cjmodulus

    cjmodulus

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    some people prefer active basses for lower tunings, though I agree starting with a thicker string gauge would be a good idea before buying a new instrument.
    if you're looking to stay with 4 strings, maybe an Ibanez BTB model? as far as I know those have a 35 inch scale, which some believe provides more clarity to lower tunings. Best of luck with your search!
  7. Sijjvra

    Sijjvra

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    Longer scale length helps. Some people say they can get a good low tuning out of a 34 inch 4-string, but even with professional set ups I never could. I tried and tried different strings, different pick up heights, had set ups...nope. Still mud with most of them.

    So I suggest picking up a 35 inch or just going with a decent 5 string you can tune to drop C.
  8. Figjam

    Figjam Supporting Member

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    Ibanez atk
  9. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

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    Circle K strings has an amazing variety of gauges. Maybe all you need to do is get a heavier set. Prolly will help to use a balanced tension set, rather than traditional tension. That's explained on their site.
  10. Sartori

    Sartori

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    I think it's more about the strings and setup you use than about the bass itself when it comes to low tunings.

    My cheap Peavey sounds just fine tuned BEAD. But I use the bottom four strings of a 5-string set and got a setup for that tuning.
  11. Im_telling_tim

    Im_telling_tim

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    I play P Basses in that tuning and I love how it sounds. I use a 110 E string.
  12. CauliColin

    CauliColin

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    The Mothman.

    The horrifically satanic sub-warble of it's low B is enough to screw up the Gulf Stream and mess with animals migration.

    The Mothman is the main perpetrator of the '2012 apocalypse' hoo-hah.
  13. Duckwater

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    P basses are the best for low tunings IMO, those low notes really benefit from that low-mid thickness.

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