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5 String EADGC ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 88tuner, Nov 30, 2003.

  1. I was at a music store playing a 6 string bass this week and had an idea to build a 5 string bass that tunes EADGC instead of BEADG. Is there anyone who uses this tuning on their 5 string? Are there 5 strings made this way already? It seemed realy natural to have the C there.
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    It's pretty common, but oviously not as common as BEADG. The old Fender V was EADGC IIRC.
  3. sheepdog


    Feb 20, 2003
    Birmingham, AL
    I did a Fender Jazz that way. It was good if you did alot of soloing or chords. I prefer the low B. I never found a set of strings like that. I just bought a 6 string set. That way I could restring it back to the low B if I wanted.
  4. Why not EADGB?
  5. sheepdog


    Feb 20, 2003
    Birmingham, AL
    EADGC is all standard 4th tuning. Chording is easier since the same pattern would then transfer for all strings. EADGB would match up with a guitar tuning, but it is more confusing for me.
  6. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    IIRC, the bassist from Fred Green uses a fiver string EADGC. I was actually going to do this myself on a G&L Tribute L2500, but complications arose so I couldn't. Do it for me, the little guy with the fedora!
  7. Garey

    Garey Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 23, 2003
    Northern California
    Artist Relations/Product Specialist: Mesa Boogie
    Victor Wooten has a Fodera Yin Yang 5, which is strung EADGC. Fodera also makes/sells strings which come in EADGC.

    Aloha, Garey
  8. bieger


    Aug 28, 2002
    My Tobias Classic had a high C for a few years. Chords sounded very nice with the C string and playing jazz melodies and soloes was much easier. However, at the end of the day, I chose having the beautiful sound of a low B cause that's where I spent the bulk of my time.

  9. Matt Garrison also plays his 5ers EADGC. I thought about trying this string setup after playing 5 strings for a while and decided that it would be OK, but would likely play mind games with me if I continued to play 5 strings with BEADG. I thought it would need to be an all or nothing approach. In the end I just went for the 6 strings.
  10. Mud Flaps

    Mud Flaps

    Feb 3, 2003
    Norton, MA
    Why EADGB? That makes no sense.

    EADGC is definatly common, a lot of people with extensive bass colections use them in a song where they have no particular use for the low B and still want to play a 5.
  11. Steve Swallow has also been using this tuning for a long time. I picked up an Aslin Dane bass to try the hi C tuning and I really love it for the added range for solos and melodies and chordal passages. Some basses really don't sing in the high C tuning my other 5 strings sounded really lame in Hi C, a PentaBuss and a Dyna 5. I am considering getting a 5 string AE bass guitar in hi C, I played a fretless bass set up that way and it was awesome.
  12. fivestringdan

    fivestringdan Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2001
    That is how I justify have so many 5 string basses!!:bassist:

    "But honey I need these basses! They are tuned differently."
  13. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    It's how I tune my five strings now. I don't really see much need for the lower five notes available on a B string and I am not big on the tonality (or timbre if you will) of the other notes on the B string that are available in other positions. The high C string sounds great with chording and tapping and even slapping if you get the right bass. I think it's just a more musical tuning for me and makes me feel like I am playing an actual five stringed instrument instead of a four string with an extra string that I have to keep quiet. Just my opinion, I know there are plenty of people who love the low B. I just don't see a real need for it personally.
  14. Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Death, Control Denied, testament, Vintersorg, etc..) strings his basses this way.
  15. Stephen Soto

    Stephen Soto

    Oct 12, 2003
    EADGB is just a 5 string tuning to a guitar. A guitars standard tuning is EADGBE, so if he did EADGB he would have the practically the same arrangement in tunings.
  16. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    GO for it, I have a custom in the process of being built. It will be a 6-string strung EADGCF
  17. If I got a 5'er...it'd be EADGC. I agree with Jared on this,the B sounds to muddy...
  18. off-topic


    Nov 5, 2003
    Tel Aviv
    why not EADGBE, this way you'll be able to use guitar chords and fingerings and not re-invent them.
    Wstrindade likes this.
  19. As a guitar player for 23 years and bass player for about 5 years, the EADGBE sounds very appealing to me. I'll try this out one of these days if I ever get 6 string bass since chording with this tuning is almost second nature to me. I'd also consier open tunings like open G or C.
  20. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    I will of course have the option of tuning the 6-string bass in the standard guitar tuning. I will undoubtedly experiment with it that way some time, but my gut instinct is to stay with EADGCF. Mostly because I've never learned guitar. So, why do I need to be locked into to the way things are done on guitar? I'm moving from 4-string to 6-string. Tuning EADGCF will help me adapt faster since the scales won't have any exceptions in them. As for chords, I will wait until I have the instrument in my hand to see what chords I can play on it. My limited experience with 6-string bass is that it can never be played like a guitar anyway.

    Well, those are my thoughts anyway. Perhaps I am wrong in my thinking, but time will tell. Once I have the bass, I can experiment with what works best for me.
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