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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Pharmecopia, Aug 11, 2002.
what is the 7th string on a 7 string bass? thanks.
F# (Gb). The second fret, in this case E 2, F#, is the open string two strings up.
b-E-A-D-G-c-f, the caps repesenting a 4 string
moxnix was talking
it all depends. some people use other tunings, i think those are the most common though
you should search, we get asked this every month or so
you'll have an easier time finding strings if you tune your instrument b-e-a-d-g-c-f (or b-e-a-d-g-b-e like i use on my main instruments).
the low F# string is hard to come by at a gauge that is big enough to do it justice. furthermore, if you're not playing through some serious low end reinforcement (and by this i mean on the order of pa subs, bag end gear or the new accugroove offerings), you're not going to get a good reproduction of that low F# anyway.
John, would replacing the low B with a F# on a seven string damage the nut because of the larger gauge? Or does that depend on the material the nut is made from?
well, probably depends on the material, although if the large string damages the nut, i can't imagine how well that nut would've stood up in the first place - i mean, there isn't that much pressure on the nut right there, and the low f# has less tension than the low b anyway.
you will have troubles intonating the lowest frets properly if the string isn't sitting in the nut all the way, however, which is why the ideal situation is to recut the nut, or replace the nut, and keep the old one in case you wish to go back to the low b tuning. nuts are cheap, no reason why you can't own two
thank you, thank you, i'll be here until friday.
Is your condition contageous? because i just bought two mousemats....But i only own one PC.....
hey, that's a new one - "the single button mouse and two mousemats"
Uh, it'll certainly damage the nut if it's bigger than the slot! On my first bass I tried to use a .110 E once. Right about the time I noticed that the string wasn't all the way in the slot, *crack*.
(of course it was a plastic nut, so easily super-glued back together! )
like i said, depends on the material. all my basses have brass nuts. nothing going to hurt them. graphite nuts are pretty much the same - not going anywhere.
plastic nuts are pretty much doomed from the beginning regardless of string size, imo. my old jazz bass with the plastic nut is cracked in 2 places, just waiting to fall apart. good thing i haven't played it in 9 years
sounds like one of those new "forward thinking" I-mac developments....
yeah, dual mousemats for improved performance
You know, you really should send that to someone who's going to play it - they're like violins, you know? they die if you don't play them.
Or are you saving it for the day you snap, and play only 4 strings again? (don't laugh, it's happening to me!)
(darth vader voice = on)
there's no hope for me, my son.
if you only understood the _power_ of the darkside. i cannot avoid it's grasp.
I know there's good left in you! I won't give up!
(/Bad Actor Voice)
....But if I do give up, send me the jazz
do i have to be that hairy thingy?
Of course not, Princess.