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anyone tuning a 6-string bass EADGBE?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CDT, Apr 12, 2006.


  1. CDT

    CDT

    May 29, 2005
    triad, nc
    if so, what are your basses and string gauges?

    Thanks
     
  2. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    I have two 6-string basses, a Gretsch SynchromaticVI, and a Jerry Jones Longhorn BassVI. Strings 90-24.
     
  3. tkozal

    tkozal

    Feb 16, 2006
    New York City
    Jaguar Baritone/VI, stock Fender strings.
     
  4. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES
    I have a 7-string customer coming up that tunes:
    B E A D G B E

    The strings gauges are still undecided.
     
  5. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    My Worker Bee is to be strung that way. I'm not 100% set on my guage choice... but I do intend to stay light.

    here are the specs from the link in my sig

     
  6. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    Hey, bassman, do you have any pics of the Gretsch? I'm thinking of getting a Gretsch Jet baritne (29.75" scale) and stringing it like a bass VI.
     
  7. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    gretschbassVInew.
    Here's mine, I'm a lefty who plays with the big E string on the bottom. I have had this single-cutaway bass modified to a double-cut, with the pickup switch and pickguard moved. Mine is an early model, it was called a Synchro VI then and was factory set-up as a 6-string bass. Which is what I wanted. I don't know if they still come that way now that they are calling them baritones. FYI I use the D'Addarrio Fender BassVI string set, they have another VI set for the Jerry Jones BassVI which is shorter as the JJ does not have a vibrato tailpiece, so be careful when/if you order those strings.
    Ronn
    Austin,Texas
     
  8. barthanatos

    barthanatos Insert witty comment here

    Feb 8, 2006
    South Carolina
    Wow. Neat bass. I will have to check out your recordings.

    <cue search>

    edit: hmm... can't find anything. You got something?
     
  9. CDT

    CDT

    May 29, 2005
    triad, nc
    thanks for the responses...that worker bee is pretty bada$$...and baritones are cool, I've played a few, but I'm in a trio and really need to stay in the bass range.

    ok, I'm thinking of something as close to a jazz as possible....narrow neck height (I won't be slapping/popping on it), passive j type pickups...simple. I might have to have that built huh? I really would like to stay around $1k, but that's probably not gonna happen..
     
  10. lucas vigor

    lucas vigor Banned

    Sep 2, 2004
    Orange County, Ca,
    Hi, I am mostly and upright bass player, and most of my electrics are flatwound 4's.

    BUT, I have my carvin 6 string tuned E to E. I bought the conklin snakeskin 7 set strings, and don't use the low B.

    Going E to E seems the most natural way to do it.
     
  11. Blueszilla

    Blueszilla Bassist ordinaire

    Apr 2, 2003
    The Duke City
    Just curious, why the guitar tuning?
     
  12. It makes chording really nice, for one.
     
  13. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    Yup! I couldn't find a bass teacher to teach me what I had in my head... so I took guitar lessons. Seems silly to relearn stuff.
     
  14. CDT

    CDT

    May 29, 2005
    triad, nc
    long story short: because of chording and also I sing and play, so so I want something familiar.
     
  15. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    Very cool, thanks man. Yeah, I was planning on ordering a set of the Fender Bass VI strings. I'm assuming it comes from the factory tuned as a baritone, but I can't be sure, so I figured I'd get em anyway.
     
  16. CDT

    CDT

    May 29, 2005
    triad, nc
    which carvin model do you have?

    thanks

     
  17. Folks,

    I've just bought a 6-string Cort Curbow bass - haven't received it yet tho'

    I plan on using a EADGCF tuning - will let you know how I get on.......

    Bill
     
  18. Geoff Noll

    Geoff Noll

    Aug 23, 2009
    (downunder) ballan australia
    no affiliations
    Hi! on a 4 string I sometimes use D,G,B,E, on a 6 string I'm using
    E,A,D,G,B,E,/gauge:0.100",0.080",0.065",0.045",0.035",0.025"

    These Gauges will not alter your concert pitch, and gives you
    normal feel and string tension. Nut height is not altered, but you may need to adjust at bridge to have the same action height.
    String Length/Intonation may need checking, I have found,
    sometimes different strings, create a change, at least check your 12th fret pitch with your open string pitch.

    I pick notes from chord formations, I can't remember
    pentatonics on the fly, works for me! good luck.
     
  19. Geoff Noll

    Geoff Noll

    Aug 23, 2009
    (downunder) ballan australia
    no affiliations
    Hi! on a 4 string I sometimes use D,G,B,E, on a 6 string I'm using
    E,A,D,G,B,E,/gauge:0.100",0.080",0.065",0.045",0.035",0.025"

    These Gauges will not alter your concert pitch, and gives you
    normal feel and string tension. Nut height is not altered, but you may need to adjust at bridge to have the same action height.
    String Length/Intonation may need checking, I have found,
    sometimes different strings, create a change, at least check your 12th fret pitch with your open string pitch.

    I pick notes from chord formations, I can't remember
    pentatonics on the fly, works for me! good luck.
     
  20. I have two short-scale (30") six-strings tuned that way, a Schecter Hellcat VI and a Burns Barracuda. I don't really use the Hellcat anymore because I like the Barracuda better. But they both function just fine as typical short-scale basses but with the added bonus of higher strings.

    EDIT: the string gauges I use are standard Fender Bass VI, gauges 95-75-55-45-35-25
     

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