Basses that would take 4 De-Tuners out of the box

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Cinzel, Jun 29, 2020.

  1. Cinzel


    Jan 3, 2018
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Just out of curiosity, earlier today I was nerding out with Michael Manring playing and his use of the hyperbass. And that got me thinking, if one would like to take an approach similar to Mike's and install 4 de-tuners on a regular bass, are there any basses on the market that would support this?

    I know that the headstock needs to have particular dimensions to accomodate 4 de-tuners. I know that for instance a regular Fender headstock would not allow this.

    Do you have knowledge of any bass that would accomodate this without the need of going to a luthier to build it?
  2. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Probably easiest would be to get something 2+2. Then mount one of each tuner on each side. The E and G lever would open toward the bridge, and A and D toward the other end, but should work easy.
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  3. J_Bass

    J_Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal
    Any bass with 2 tuners on the bass side and 2 tuners on the treble side.

    For the E and D strings, use a bass side detuner.
    For the A and G strings, use a treble side detuner.

    BT1 Bass Xtender
  4. Skybone


    Jun 20, 2016
    Yup, 2+2 with a left & right on either side.

    Though saying that, it might be cheaper, and less hassle, just to buy another bass, and have that tuned 1 step down.
  5. J_Bass

    J_Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal
    If his intention is to play some Manring, he needs to detune on the fly and then go back.
  6. Cinzel


    Jan 3, 2018
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Yes, to do something close to what Manring is doing, you have to have all 4 detuners so you can detune on the fly.

    Curious because I've been searching for these types of mods all over youtube and can't find anything. I was expecting a lot of people would have tried something like that already... doesn't seem like so!
  7. Chakuseki


    Mar 17, 2022
    I reached out to Zon and they said you can mod a Zon sonus 4 string fretless but they recommend the set neck model as the head stock is big enough to accommodate all 4 detuners.
  8. J_Bass

    J_Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal
    LeFay Detuner, the one that Charles Berthoud has.

  9. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    A Danelectro DC59 definitely would. The headstock is the same as the Dano guitars; the bass-sized tuners on my DC59 Pro look a little lost on that thing. I can't imagine why anyone would want to do such a thing, but... I'm sure you could...:eyebrow: