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Bass set up for lower tunings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by mr_flood, Oct 13, 2013.


  1. mr_flood

    mr_flood

    Mar 18, 2013
    I have La Bella DT54's on the way, they're made for drop tunings. I was planning on taking them in to get put on by a pro and have him set up the guitar. My question is this, since 3/4 of our songs are in CGCG or drop D should I have him set up the guitar with the strings tuned down or set up with standard tuning?
     
  2. unclebass

    unclebass

    Dec 17, 2012
    I would think it would be better to set it up for the tuning that matches the majority of your songs. Personally, I would prefer to have a second bass with standard tuning to keep from having to adjust tuning during a gig.
     
  3. +1

    To avoid buzz and get the best out of your bass, set it up for majority tuning.
     
  4. sillyfabe

    sillyfabe keeping the low-end silly since '06 Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2009
    San Bernardino,CA
    I own 2 basses and have one tuned standared (GDAE) and another tuned (ADEA). I set-up my own basses and the set-up for both is VERY DIFFERENT!
     
  5. knuckle_head

    knuckle_head Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2002
    Seattle
    Owner; Knuckle Guitar Works & Circle K Strings
    These are meant for dropped standard intervals and NOT drop tuning.

    A set that you can go from drop C to drop D with would be something like .124 .082 .061 .045 (or gauges reasonably close) and you should set your bass up tuned to drop C#
     
  6. mr_flood

    mr_flood

    Mar 18, 2013
    Just wanted to report back now that I have the strings on.

    First off, they are working great. I did not have the bass re-setup and going from EADG to CGCG there is much less slop than before, the strings are certainly tighter, exactly what I was looking for.

    They are steel but they are less bright than my previous Slinky's, which I'm glad for.

    Overall I would highly recommend LaBella DT54's for anyone drop tuning their bass throughout a gig.
     

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