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Alternate tunings

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Matthew Bryson, Jan 5, 2004.

  1. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    Well, we know you can tune a bass string down a full step and it stays pretty playable - but, can I tune a string up a whole step? (and not break it) I'm thinking of experimenting with a four string tuned DADA but I don't want to break the 1st string trying to get it to tune up to A - will this work? (it made scary tight tuning noises when I tried, so I quit and tuned it back down to G...)
  2. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    yea, I wrote a song in D-A-D-A it's a great tuning, lots of neat harmonics.

    I use Light gauge strings though(.040-.100), and I have a Hipshot d-tuner on my bass, making it fairly easy to do.

    I got E-A-E-A a couple times too, but I also broke a string a couple times trying that :p

    generally lighter gauge strings will be easier to uptune, Michael Manring uses Piccolo strings on some(or all?) of his basses, extra long scale piccolos if I remember correctly.
  3. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    Thank you, WR.
  4. if you tune to D-A-D-A, don't forget that you might have to make a Truss Rod adjustment. I know I did when I tuned like that a couple of times.....