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5ers w/high C

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by punisher911, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. Are there factory 5s with a high C or do you just change out the factory strings?
  2. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Think you can just change strings and tweak the set-up. Worse case you need a new nut.

  3. The only factory 5 string with a high C I can think of is the Fender Bass V, but they're super crazy rare. If it was me, I'd just get a set of 6 string strings and toss the low B (or a custom set from Circle K), and cut a new nut if needed.
  4. MothBox


    Oct 25, 2010
    Get a 4-string set with an single 0.30 (or there abouts). Put them on and see what they feel like, change the nut if necessary but following advise on TB its unlikely you'll need to do that.

    Probably need a setup once its been restrung from BEADG to EADGC. I'm going to do this myself once I have some time to do a setup.
  5. lowendmafia

    lowendmafia Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2007
    Sacramento, California
    Damn I love that bass...
  6. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs
    Are you starting to be another Bart!?


    That is a good looking bass
  7. lfh


    Dec 18, 2003
    Stockholm, Sweden

    A new setup is definitely needed, but no new nut has been necessary on the five different basses I've strung EADGC over the years.
  8. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    I've seen a few different ABGs that were factory EADGC, but not many.

    You'll definitely need to re-do the intonation, but when I've switched my Jazz from low B to high C and back I didn't have to change the nut or touch the truss rod. Had to put a longer adjustment screw on the C saddle to get it to play in tune, but that wasn't a big deal.
  9. ImageUploadedByTalkBass1383287562.741000.
    skjold Catacomb 5 E to C
  10. autodidact


    Mar 13, 2011
    Lancaster, PA
    Is that....

    One pickup...? O_O
  11. who


    Apr 20, 2007
    Washington DC
    Two pickups in one cover.
  12. Yes there are two pickups in the molded cover. It's gives a great playing surface to play over.
  13. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    lost angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    Is Fodera a factory? :D

    m5fl-4. m5f-10.
  14. Beautiful basses! Wood combo?
  15. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    Yep, when I changed my Carvin AC50 to E-C I thought it might need a new nut, but because the new strings are smaller they fit the slots which are loose. I thought they might buzz because of that but it didn't happen and I didn't question it and left it that way. Setup was little more than a truss rod tweak which was far less change than expected and intonation.
  16. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    lost angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    Fretless is chambered walnut body, walnut top, 3-piece ash neck, ebony fingerboard.

    Fretted is chambered walnut body, rosewood top, 5-piece maple/bubinga neck, ebony fingerboard.
  17. Just Thumpin'

    Just Thumpin' Commercial User

    Mar 7, 2008
    NE United States
    Manager and Partner, Fodera Guitars (as of 10/14/09)
    One of our Standard models, The Matt Garrison Standard, comes with a high-C. Of course any custom instrument can be ordered with a high-C.

    You can see more about the Matt Garrison Standard here:




  18. El Spearo

    El Spearo

    Jun 12, 2012
    Wellington, NZ
  19. Pete Skjold's Catacomb is one amazing bass,

    The scale of this particular bass is 33". I prefer playing E to C and the scale fattens up the C string. The tone on the "Cat" is rich, warm , and it growls. The unique clambering doesn't result in a loss of mids that can often happen with chambered basses.
    Here's another picture
    ImageUploadedByTalkBass1383387947.221762. ImageUploadedByTalkBass1383387962.587669.
  20. Xenos


    Nov 2, 2013
    So far I've never had to change a NUT tuning to a high C. Like others have said, you may have to monkey with the intonation, but that's not really all that hard.

    Odd thing is, I never really even had to do THAT on my fiver... Course, my main five string is a cheap Rogue that don't intonate worth a damn to start with, so I doubt if I'd notice the difference anyway...

    Hell, once, before it was mine, the guy who owned it before me was tuning it up with new strings, ripped the bridge clean off the face of the body.

    No joke-just ripped the bridge right off-stripped out the screw holes and everything.

    He fixed it with SuperGlue GEL. And the bridge has held fast, even under EADGC tuning.

    Reckon if that's why it has intonation problems (the bridge coming off like that)?

    Oh well, it's a cheap bass, but it gets the job done when I need it to.

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