BEAD tuning for 4 string

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by fusion, Aug 23, 2001.

  1. Hi, I like my 4 string Thunderbird, but I want to get the low end of a five. I don't use the G that much and I was wondering if anyone knew if this tuning would be bad to do.
  2. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Yes, it is bad to not use your G string too much.
  3. A fellow bassplayer asked me the same question a couple of weeks ago.. he wanted to tune his Stinger down to drop C, but without the floppy E-string. It was pretty easy.. all we had to do was make the dent in the nut a little wider, and raise the action a little bit.. then we put in reasonable thin strings ( .060 - .125 , lose the .040 g-string )
    and it sounds like a killer.
  4. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...I used to keep one bass strung BEAD(in fact, Schecter is selling a BEAD bass); I knew a guy who de-tuned his EADG to DGCF(step lower).
    If you do opt for BEAD, you'll have to possibly modify the nut; also, make sure the B-string will fir through the bridge properly...on my bass, I hadda go with a taper core B 'cause the Smith bridge wasn't accomodating! ;)
  5. Thanks for the info guys. I'm gonna try it.