.125's on a Geddy Lee Jazz? Too heavy? Neck Issues?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by yoss, Dec 6, 2005.

  1. yoss


    Oct 1, 2003
    I'm considering buying a Geddy Lee Jazz but I'm wondering if my projected string setup would result in neck problems with the Geddy? Or just be too large at the nut regardless.

    Currently I play an MIA P-Bass w/.125's tuned to C. Basically the BEAD strings from a 5-string pack. They might even be .135's, but I'm pretty sure they're .125's. In any case, they work really well on the P-Bass, but can the same be done on the Geddy Lee? If not the Geddy, what about on a regular Fender Jazz?

    Any insight is appreciated. Thanks!
  2. Turock


    Apr 30, 2000
    There's probably less tension on the neck with the .125 tuned to C than the regular G string would have had.
  3. I think the neck should be fine. As long as you are tuning the strings down, the larger gauge won't really result in much/any more tension than normal strings tuned to EADG.

    The nut I'm not so sure about. Those would be awfully large strings, so you might need the nut replaced.
  4. AGCurry

    AGCurry Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2005
    St. Louis
    As others have written, lower tunings with thicker strings do not increase tension. A B string tuned to B has about the same tension as an E string tuned to E.

    You may run into trouble with the bridge, the tuners, or the nut.
  5. yoss


    Oct 1, 2003
    Thanks for info guys! Time to get a Geddy!