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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CDT, Apr 12, 2006.
if so, what are your basses and string gauges?
I have two 6-string basses, a Gretsch SynchromaticVI, and a Jerry Jones Longhorn BassVI. Strings 90-24.
Jaguar Baritone/VI, stock Fender strings.
I have a 7-string customer coming up that tunes:
B E A D G B E
The strings gauges are still undecided.
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
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.
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.
Wow. Neat bass. I will have to check out your recordings.
edit: hmm... can't find anything. You got something?
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..
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.
Just curious, why the guitar tuning?
It makes chording really nice, for one.
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.
long story short: because of chording and also I sing and play, so so I want something familiar.
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.
which carvin model do you have?
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.......
Hi! on a 4 string I sometimes use D,G,B,E, on a 6 string I'm using
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.
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