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5 string E A D G C

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Geni758, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. Geni758


    Nov 15, 2013
    South Jersey
    I saw Scott Devine has his 5 string bass strung this way. If I want to replicate, do I need to buy a C string and move the others up or can I tune the existing B thru G?
  2. greencarpets


    Aug 29, 2013
    You need to buy the new string. Tuning a B to an E would not go well.

    The string tension would be ridiculous and I expect it might damage the bass.
  3. deste


    Sep 14, 2009
    Bologna, Italy, Europe
    Endorsing Artist: GullanskyLab pickups
    Ehm... That's what you meant by "tune the existing B thru G"?

    Nonono! Unless you want a bowed/warped neck, get a high C and move the remaining four strings.
  4. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
  5. Just buy a 107 or 105 (E) 80(A) 65 or 60(D) 45(G) 30 or 32(C).
  6. Jarmijo95


    Dec 9, 2013
    Does the nut need to be adjusted for the strings? I am converting my BEADG to a EADGC and was curious. Also, Do any companies sell strings specific for that, or will I have to buy a 4 string pack and a C string by itself?
  7. aprod

    aprod Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2008
    I did this recently and was pleasantly surprised I did not have to adjust the nut. I had to buy a 4 string set and a separate C. Plays great.
  8. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    You should be fine with the existing nut. I have both of my 6 string fretlesses strung EADGCF and no issues with the nut.

    I think we (GHS) sell a set that's E-C, but with guys like Jason at Bass Strings Online selling singles of every string, there's really no need for a pre-packaged set.