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4 string as B E A D

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by dandrett, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. dandrett


    Dec 5, 2013
    Has anyone strung their 4 string B E A D? Specifically Fender or Sterling
  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
  3. QweziRider

    QweziRider Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    Las Vegas
    Done it several times. Used the bottom four of five string sets and filed the nut slots a bit for the wider strings. Works like a charm.
  4. I done that before also like everone esle saids use the lower end of a 5 string set or just get a 5 string so you can have all of the string if you need them. (Really just get a five string.
  5. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it.

    Sounds expensive. A single string sounds more economical to me.
  6. woodyng


    Dec 19, 2007
    Oregon coast
    I prefer the BEAD thing to playing an actual 5 string. I've converted 2,very minor tweaking usually. I particularly liked using a Peavey Unity dyna bass that way,but it also worked really well with a J-bass i had. Currently i just don't miss having those extra 5 low notes,so i am bog standard with my axes now.
  7. That's how I have my MM Big Al 4 strung. I love the speed and finesse of the narrow neck, with the low end thump of the B.
  8. :meh: no, I don't think that is even possible :scowl:
    But I have tuned E0 A0 D1 G1 :smug:

    Ok, :rolleyes: so the first time I changed string I tuned down to a B :bag: I was young and foolish.

    Now I tuned down to like D.:eyebrow: no not that D :rolleyes: what oh :oops:
    [SUP]that [SUB]D[/SUB][/SUP]​
  9. gricko


    Mar 29, 2004
    all my basses are BEAD. warwick and rickenbacker did not require any nut fiddling, but jazz bass did.
    string posts on W and R nuts are very shallow.
  10. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    You might also try DGCF tuning
  11. I never thought of that. Then again my fingers are too long I also like having the G note stirng as well.
  12. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    22 ft below sea level
    I converted an Ibby to accomodate BEAD, just over a year ago. It's just a matter of some nut filing and some fine tuning of relief, action and intonation, so no big deal. I'm loving this four string BEAD bass, as it has the standard string spacing. I don't care for a G string at all (on my bass :D). My G&L is still in EADG, but one of these days... :ninja:
  13. I tune to BEAD when i want the extra low end, but I mostly just do drop D. I honestly don't think you need thicker strings, as I use 45-105 prosteels with no flabbiness. That is, no flab from the string, just from my 15 watt 1x10. I only notice flabbiness in the string when I do AEAD tuning. But since I don't use that tuning at church, I really don't do it often. I was dropped the E down to B at church, and it did't mix well (an acoustic guitar, two female singers, and a cajon). I'll just stick to drop D at church and CA#CD# at home.
  14. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    22 ft below sea level
    A common problem with extreme down tunings is the tension becoming too low to intonate properly. Fretting such string causes a relatively high change in tension. The lower notes (C till D) are most affected.
  15. I have used drop D in church before :ninja: but I don't think we are talking about the same D :ninja: coughcough lightweight
  16. I haven't done that per sae but I can see the benefits now that I think about it. Get most of the benefit of a fiver without the wider neck. Sounds coold to me!
  17. Dave Oliver

    Dave Oliver

    Jul 13, 2013
    Did that with my ovation magnum years ago until I bought a 5 string. sounded great. No filing needed, just intonation.
  18. dannster


    Aug 20, 2000
    I did it for a theater show I did a few years ago.
    Fender Aerodyne non-export Jazz.
    GHS Boomers Heavy 50-70-95-115

    Worked like a charm and sounded great.