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6 string bass help needed!

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by K.C HADE, Oct 12, 2006.

  1. K.C HADE

    K.C HADE

    Oct 12, 2006
    Hey guys and gals I just ordered a new Spector 6 string bass and I want to tune it like a guitar is normally tune E,A,D,G,B,E can some one please tell me what guage of string I should use especially for the B and high E. Thanx
  2. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    I think this would be better in the strings forum, but I don't see why you can't use a regular set of 6-string strings.

  3. EBMatt


    Nov 21, 2003
    Springfield, MA
    I would go with an extra-light 6-string set.
  4. ehque


    Jan 8, 2006
    would that even work... 6 string sets are meant to be tuned BEADGC and tuning it up 5 semitones (even with light guages) is quite mad.

    for the high B/E i believe you might need to get custom sets. you could use a C string as your B, but i wouldnt tune that same string up to E.
  5. K.C HADE

    K.C HADE

    Oct 12, 2006

    I ordered a 18 plain for the high E and a 35 for the B as for the E A D G I think i will just use a regular set of 105's do you think those will work?
  6. ehque


    Jan 8, 2006
    sounds ballpark. you might want to wait for someone more knowledgeable, i play BEADGC exclusively.
  7. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    .018-.022 for the E/F, .025-.032 for the B/C is a good place to start.

    I do the same thing with one of my basses, and I just order sets of individual strings instead of sets, because a) E-F tuned sets are hard to find unless you buy 7 string sets, and b) once you find a packaged set you have no control of gauging. I've also yet to find someone who makes a really well balanced light gauge set, either.

    Mine is currently strung- .016-.020-.038-.055-.075-.090.
    I also have a piccolo E-E strung .007-.011-.018-.025-.040-.055.

    Ordering everything as single strings is probably your best bet. I get most of them from juststrings.com, who I've used for probably 6+ years without a single problem.

    Piccolo strings are from Conklin. Good people!
  8. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    That will get you pretty close to where you want. You might have to experiment with gauges a bit.

    Or you could buy a 7 string set, and throw out the low B string, as others have suggested.

    Moved to Strings.
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