5-string conversion: B-G to E-C

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by alexssandro, Nov 7, 2001.

  1. I was thinking of stringing my five-string from a E to a high C. I currently string the standard B-G method. If I were to convert, would that pose any serious setup issuses? I imagine I would have to adjust the action, but would there be any truss rod issues?
  2. neptoon


    Jul 25, 2000
    Kings Bay, GA
    you may have to make a minor truss rod adjustment, seeing as you will stress your neck a little more with the lighter guage strings (i know...sounds weird, don't it?). you'll also have to adjust your intonation.
  3. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    I think the slots on your nut would be too deep, forcing you to buy and file a second one (the string should only rest in the slot, not drown in it ;)). Or have a tech file the slots for you, it shouldn't cost too much. Keep the old nut, though, in case you want to change back to the BEADG tuning someday. :)
  4. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Saint Louis, MO USA
    We have been through this one a few times here at TB.

    I think it is a given that a truss adjustment and new setup will be needed. The new nut seems to be the source of debate.

    Personally, I agree with Oysterman that a new nut would be needed, although many here claim they converted with the old nut and there were no problems.

    I have raised a nut slot that was too deep by placing a drop of superglue in the slot and allowing it to dry, placing another and building up the slot with superglue. But I am not so sure that was the best way to do it. Please don't put paper or anything in the slot to raise it.
  5. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    I'm one of the guys who didn't need to change my nut when I went to a high C on my Curbow. I didn't even have to tweak the truss rod. Granted, it's made of Rockwood, and has two graphite bars, and two truss rods, so I guess you could say it was stable. :D

    I currently have a set of TI Jazz flats strung E-C, and it sounds absolutely amazing.

    When I took it to Curbow to have the electronics overhauled about six months ago, I asked him about changing out the nut. He said if it was playing okay, and intonating okay, then it didn't need a new nut. So, I would try it with the current nut, and if it works, leave it alone. But, if you are getting nuttiness, or buzzing, swap the nut out.
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