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7 string basses

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Pharmecopia, Aug 11, 2002.


  1. Pharmecopia

    Pharmecopia

    Jul 31, 2002
    what is the 7th string on a 7 string bass? thanks.
     
  2. F# (Gb). The second fret, in this case E 2, F#, is the open string two strings up.
     
  3. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    depends.

    i use

    b-E-A-D-G-c-f, the caps repesenting a 4 string

    moxnix was talking

    f#-b-E-A-D-G-c

    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 :)
     
  4. john turner

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

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    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.
     
  5. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    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?
     
  6. john turner

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

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    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 ;)
     
  7. neptoon

    neptoon

    Jul 25, 2000
    summerville, sc


    oh grief....uhh....nevermind :D
     
  8. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    :D :D :D

    Thanks, John
     
  9. john turner

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

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    :D

    thank you, thank you, i'll be here until friday.
     
  10. punkfunkfreak

    punkfunkfreak

    Dec 16, 2001
    Is your condition contageous? because i just bought two mousemats....But i only own one PC.....:confused:
     
  11. john turner

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

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    hey, that's a new one - "the single button mouse and two mousemats"

    :eek:
     
  12. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    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! :D)
     
  13. john turner

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

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    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 :D
     
  14. punkfunkfreak

    punkfunkfreak

    Dec 16, 2001
    sounds like one of those new "forward thinking" I-mac developments....

    :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

    :D
     
  15. john turner

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

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    yeah, dual mousemats for improved performance :D
     
  16. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    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!):eek:
     
  17. john turner

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

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    (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.
     
  18. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    (Skywalker voice)


    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 :D
     
  19. punkfunkfreak

    punkfunkfreak

    Dec 16, 2001
    do i have to be that hairy thingy?
     
  20. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    Of course not, Princess.

    :p