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4-String basses with the low B string?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lowendgroove, Jun 15, 2002.


  1. lowendgroove

    lowendgroove

    Feb 27, 2002
    Is there anyone out there who manufactures 4 string basses that come with the low B instead of the standard G string?

    I'm pretty sure i saw a bass like this in a Musician's Friend Catalog. I think it was a bass made by Spector.

    I ask because I'd like to have a bass where I can play the low B but still have the feel of a 4 string.
     
  2. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Melnibone
  3. Freakapotamus9

    Freakapotamus9

    Jun 20, 2001
    Nebraska
    the bass in musicians friend is a Schecter Scorpion.

    only bass i know of like that.. unless im mistaken you can widen the spacings in the nut and adjust the bridge on any bass and transform it to a B/E/A/D-tuned bass..

    im positive others know more about this than me :rolleyes: ...

    good luck
     
  4. Freakapotamus9

    Freakapotamus9

    Jun 20, 2001
    Nebraska
    dah.. ya beat me to it turock :p
     
  5. tim4003

    tim4003

    Apr 30, 2002
    Dawsonville , GA
    I'm 99.9% sure you're right about that. I saw a review in BASS PLAYER magizine about it several months back. Damn Sharp Bass.
     
  6. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nope. It was a Schecter, not a Spector.
     
  7. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    i did this my self.
    but i tune it eadg
    or if i want to down tune it. sounds much better.
    get a pair of 5 string lights. webstring.com
    and you will have the bead or eadg.

    steve
     
  8. PhatBasstard

    PhatBasstard Spector Dissector Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    Las Vegas, NV.
    Ross Valory has been playing Curbow 4 strings live with Journey, tuned B-E-A-D, for a few years now. I have the Journey "Live 2001" DVD and when you know the parts (my group does a medley of Journey) and you watch him play with the lower tuning it just looks..........strange.
     
  9. Well when your only 99.9% sure of it...
     
  10. BTW, I've always wondered, is Schector kinda a copy bass for Spectors? Like Plether is to Leather? Timex to Rolex? Family Guy to The Simpsons?
     
  11. tim4003

    tim4003

    Apr 30, 2002
    Dawsonville , GA
    NOPE. The one I saw in B.P. had an alum. or chrome pick guard & a black body.
     
  12. PhatBasstard

    PhatBasstard Spector Dissector Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    Las Vegas, NV.
    Well then it definately was not a Spector.
     
  13. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    was it a hartke bass?

    steve
     
  14. BillyBishop

    BillyBishop

    Feb 7, 2001
    Canada
    Spectors don't have pickguards.
     
  15. pc

    pc

    Apr 4, 2000
    Montreal QC
    Put on my fretless Squire Jazz last friday...

    strange: narrow neck + huge strings... :eek:

    I think I'll return the original strings...
     
  16. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I slapped BEAD strings on my Ibanez, and tuned it CFBE (I believe that's the tuning...the whole bass dropped two steps). The B string realyl helps keep the C focused and tight, while the other strings have about the same tension as a regular tuning. I like it a lot. I might actually forego the Warmoth beast and just bring this things hardware and electronics up to snuff...
     
  17. PhatBasstard

    PhatBasstard Spector Dissector Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    Las Vegas, NV.
    Should be C-F-Bb-Eb.:)
     
  18. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Thanks.
     
  19. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Actually, Schechter Guitar Research has been around longer than Spector. So, I don't think that they are a Spector copy.;)
     
  20. PhatBasstard

    PhatBasstard Spector Dissector Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    Las Vegas, NV.
    Schecter is pre-mid 70's? I didn't realize they've been around that long. The first I had heard of them is when Pete Townsend started playing that black Schecter "Tele" in about 1982 or so.

    I don't think their basses look like or hold a candle to Spectors anyway.