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Best Bass/Strings for Detuning?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ingemar, Oct 12, 2004.

  1. Ingemar


    Sep 12, 2000
    Best Bass/Strings for Detuning?
    Any suggestions?
  2. The Hammer

    The Hammer

    Jul 13, 2004
    I detune my Warwick Thumb 5 string down to ADGCF with just standard Warwick strings on it. you will want to have your action adjusted to keep from getting fret buzz
  3. Squier mustang with 90-35 roto steels on it.
  4. Ingemar


    Sep 12, 2000
    Isn't that a shortscaled bass with light strings?
    Does it work
  5. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Well...it works. I dunno how well though, never used a detuned shortscale. However, I wouldn't reccomend a Squier in the first place!

    I'd reccomend asking here for the bass, and perhaps the strings forum for the strings. It really depends on what kind of sound you're looking for, but any high gauge string should handle detuning fine.
  6. Dave Siff

    Dave Siff Supporting Member

    La Bella makes a string set that is designed specifically to be tuned D-G-C-F, if that's what you're lookin' for.
  7. Ingemar


    Sep 12, 2000
    Do You know the "modelname"?
  8. Dave Siff

    Dave Siff Supporting Member

  9. neptoon

    neptoon Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2000
    Melbourne, FL
    i've read a zillion posts on detuning and i find it interesting that most people want to use the strings that have in place used for standard tuning and just loosen them and wonder why the sound is so floppy...it's my experience that any bass and string will work great if the string's guage is consistent with the desired pitch...that way you keep a little more tension on the strings so they play a little tighter and the action can be set the way you like it without having to worry about a floppy string buzzing on it...ya know?
  10. Argali

    Argali Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2008
    So how would you approach tuning a bass for a side project a friend and I have going where we tune our guitars thusly: A♯-F-A♯-D♯-G-C? We were just discussing last night how we have no idea how any bassist would approach that tuning.
  11. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    GHS Boomers have sets designed for downtuning, Ernie Ball has extra heavy sets, D'Addario too, I believe,

    DR will custom make sets to suit anything you like, but I believe you have to buy so many at a time.

    Me, I use Rotosound flats, they're high tension even in regular guages, so even tuned down the tension is good.
  12. Murphys Law

    Murphys Law

    May 7, 2009
    Endorsing Artist: SPECTOR® - Stuart Spector Designs, LTD.
    GHS Heavy Boomers, 50-115
    I use them on D tuning, 34" Scale. They do nicely. ;)
  13. fullrangebass


    May 7, 2005
    Dingwall by far. I even detune the B down to Gb!!!!
  14. Argali

    Argali Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2008
    So what gauges would you use, specifically, if you were going to tune a bass A♯-F-A♯-D♯?
  15. Heavy, heavier, even heavier, heaviest.

    Seriously though, I'm not positive. I only downtune to try and learn some SOAD songs.
  16. Double Agent

    Double Agent Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2006
    Lakeland, FL
    Personally, I use my Spector 5-string and tune it down 1/2 step. The prog band that I am in uses that same tuning on a few songs, its basically a drop-D tuning lowered by 2 whole steps. I haven't found any instance yet where my tuning needs to match their tuning exactly.

    Your best other option, if you are going to use a 4-string, is to best a set of string for a 5-string bass and throw away the highest string. If the bass it setup properly (correct width at the nut, appropriate action, etc.), it should not matter what kind of bass you use, but the strings are very important.
  17. Argali

    Argali Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2008
    Yeah, my thinking is you could take a 5-string bass and just lower the B and half-step, and you'd be close enough to where we are.
  18. Argali

    Argali Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2008
    I'm still curious though - in the latest issue of Guitar World, they transcribe Slipknot's "Duality" and give the bassist's tuning as B-F#-B-E. I guess you'd just use super-heavy strings for that, but wouldn't it feel "out of balance" - like the low B would be fine but everything else would be lowered about two steps and somewhat loose.
  19. Thingus995


    May 30, 2008
    some guys like their strings like they like their girls... flubby
  20. fullrangebass


    May 7, 2005
    Unless. it's a Dingwall. At that height, they don't look (or feel) flubby ;)