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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by dandrett, Dec 5, 2013.
Has anyone strung their 4 string B E A D? Specifically Fender or Sterling
Lot's of people do that. It sometimes requires a new nut, but not always. You're usually gonna want to re-intonate. You can buy single strings here:
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.
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.
Sounds expensive. A single string sounds more economical to me.
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.
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.
no, I don't think that is even possible :scowl:
But I have tuned E0 A0 D1 G1
Ok, so the first time I changed string I tuned down to a B I was young and foolish.
Now I tuned down to like D. no not that D what oh
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.
You might also try DGCF tuning
I never thought of that. Then again my fingers are too long I also like having the G note stirng as well.
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 ). My G&L is still in EADG, but one of these days...
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.
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.
I have used drop D in church before but I don't think we are talking about the same D coughcough lightweight
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!
Did that with my ovation magnum years ago until I bought a 5 string. sounded great. No filing needed, just intonation.
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.