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Who makes long scale basses? Drop Ab/G# tuning.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by matt6g, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. matt6g


    May 5, 2013
    Hello there.
    I've been looking to get a new 5 string, but I'm not sure where to look.
    I play in Drop Ab tuning (Ab Eb Ab Db Gb) and I need a bass that can handle such tuning...you know, for that metal stuff.
    I am currently playing a Schecter Stiletto Custom 5 (35 in) and it's just flop city, even with a .145 on the B string.
    I know what most of you might be thinking - 'Hey man, just put thicker strings on the Schecter!'
    No thanks, I'd rather have greater tension without having to play on big ass steel cables. But anyway...
    The highest price I would pay for a new one is $1500.
    I've been looking at Dingwall Combustions but I'm not sure how I feel about them.
    Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I can get an extended scale bass, preferably 37 inches, for a price no higher than $1500? (Other than Dingwall, of course)

    Thank you in advance!
    Rock on \m/
  2. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks. Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2011
    Camarillo, CA
    How many other 35" scale basses have you tried with this tuning? My 34" scale Ibanez wears a .136 low B that I routinely drop to A with no floppiness. The problem may lie in your particular bass.
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  4. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are.

    Feb 11, 2008
    Los Angeles
    Custom strings?
  5. mi_weesp


    Jan 17, 2012
    Belarus, Minsk
    I use stas pokotylo custom 36.5-24 bass with low G#. Awesome.
  6. Have you had it professionally set up?

    I use a 34" scale bass for BEAD tuning with a .130 low B, and it's fine.
  7. spector_boogie

    spector_boogie No Limit Honky Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2012
    The Woodlands, TX
    Johnny April (w/ Staind) I think tunes to G# and uses import Spector Legend 5 strings and having heard plenty of live recordings of that, those sound fine. I think a 35" Spector Euro would be great for that. I tune my NS5 to GCGCF and it's only 34" scale and works for me.

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