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5 stringers, 6 stringers, 7......

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by LittleHetzel, Dec 1, 2001.

  1. LittleHetzel


    Aug 15, 2001
    howdy( no I am not from texas...Wisconsin actually)

    i have a question. SO you all know obviously 4stringers are E A D G, and 5-stringers are
    B E A D G, but what are 6 strings? 7? i mean, if they just gets lower( the strings) i wouldn't imagine you could go much lower than the low B on the 5's. if you all could clue me in, it would be much appreciated. Thanks


    this is going to be a "fake" info thing, cause i guess you can all do one somehow? but i don't know how to do it

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  2. Some 7 strings are down at F#
  3. Well, what you have to remember about the bass is that it is usually tuned in fourths. How you tune it, of course, is entirely up to you, but in an effort to answer your question:

    6 strings add another higher string, making them B E A D G C

    Then it gets tricky, cause sevens can have one higher or occasionally another lower on.
    making them B E A D G C F with another higher string, or F# B E A D G C with another lower one.

    Eight strings mostly have both one higher and lower, making them F# B E A D G C F,

    I'm guessing nine strings have another higher one, which would make them F# B E A D G C F Bb, cause I can't imagine ever needing anything lower than an F#.

    Hope this helps.
    Again, I could always be wrong
  4. basslax


    Apr 20, 2000
    Washington, DC
    generally 6's have an extra high string , and i think its usually tuned to C (?).

    this is so you can play more notes without changing position
  5. LittleHetzel


    Aug 15, 2001
    thanks guys

  6. j.s.basuki

    j.s.basuki Supporting Member

    May 14, 2000
    How do you play it? How wide is the neck?
    I suppose you hardly move your fingers up down .
    How will the sound of F# be? I think B is already low enough. Will the F# string audible?

    I always remember what Jeff Berlin says that more than 4 strings is just playing lower and higher note and does not make a better music;)
  7. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Playing notes in the same range forever doesn't make good music either. ;)

    A 9 string bass is playing just like a regular bass, only you need to have very good muting and left hand/thumb technique. Or, you could play it like a classical guitar. Or, you could use it as a tapping instrument. Or, you could use a pick and strum. Or all of the above. And more. It's your choice.

    F# is audible. I've heard them played solitarily in BD's videos or used as the root of a chord, and I've heard them in JT's song he's posted. They're audible. They're what...~9-11 hZ above average cutoff (20hZ)? So most people should be able to hear it.
  8. j.s.basuki

    j.s.basuki Supporting Member

    May 14, 2000

    What is the width of the neck of a 9 stringers ? , cos I might be interested if my fingers is long enough to play comfortably, which is most important to me.
  9. j.s.basuki

    j.s.basuki Supporting Member

    May 14, 2000

    I played classical guitar before bass. I thought 6 strings guitar is more than enough to play with and can play all of classical guitar books.
    If you said you can strum bass guitar how will the sound be?

    Then, do we really need anymore electric guitar and guitarist?:(
  10. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Well, actually, John and I figured this out once, and it's somewhere in the neighborhood of 22hz, and the low B string is somewhere around 32-33hz....
  11. the low F# isn't 100 % audible.. you don't hear it all.. but you sure as hell will feel it.. :D
  12. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    I think I would hear the fundamental of the low F# (for as of now, my hearing is great, but it's likely to deteriorate as I grow older)... but even if you don't hear all the way down to the very fundamental, the brain will "fill in the blanks" so to speak, so it doesn't matter.
  13. Actually, 2 of my 5s are tuned with a high C.
  14. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    oh, and you've heard this? geeze, how bizarre, see, _I_ hear it 100% with the proper gear when i play it on my basses. in fact, i've heard monochromatic test tones of 18 Hz sent through bag end elf systems, and heard them just fine.

    of course, the opperative words here being "proper equipment". bass rigs in general are not made to handle this kind of reproduction - pa subs at least are the way to go.
  15. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    22 hz can be heard by almost everyone. Our hearing deteriorates with age and/or frequent exposure to loud noises, but it is primarily the high frequencies and the midrange that hearing loss occurs in.
  16. j.s.basuki

    j.s.basuki Supporting Member

    May 14, 2000
    Then let us all play no less than 7 strings;)
  17. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    exactly. seperate the men from the boys, i tell ya. :D
  18. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    That Man-boy thing again? This is your final warning!

    15hz penalty... loss of string.
  19. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    hee hee. didn't see that one coming. :D

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