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Best of both worlds?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dazmond, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. dazmond


    Dec 3, 2012
    Hey, I'm just wondering if anyone else out there has their 4 string bass tuned to a standard 5(BEAD, or alternate low tuning such as CFA#D# which is really fun). I don't really solo, and I love having the extra low notes. I found it was easier to learn bass on a 4 and I've never felt a need to have the 5th string.
  2. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Lots of bassists do that.

    Me personally, I'd rather use a 5er. I use the G way too much.
  3. Mingo Sanders

    Mingo Sanders

    Mar 11, 2008
    Austin, TX
    I did that once, but I knocked the earth off its axis, seriously. So I retuned it B# E# A# D#, and everything was fine. My buddy Dino tunes his C F Bb Eb for his Lethalicon project, but he's got the alder body, and mine's poplar, so my bass sounds totally different.

  4. PBnJBassist


    Mar 8, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    Did it at one point, but tastes and music preference changed so I found no need for a low B (4-string or not). Even on my 5'er, I tune DEADG so I have a drop-D ready for the songs that require it.
  5. jsbarber


    Jun 7, 2005
    San Diego
    Some double bassists, both classical (Quarrington) and jazz (Mitchell), tune their instruments in 5ths: C, G, D, A typically.

    This provides a broader range on a four string instrument. However, that is not the only reason why they do it. For double bass the 5ths tuning affects the instruments tone in a positive way. It also enables composers to compose like they would for a violin or cello. (They are coginizant of the differences with 4ths tuning on the DB).

    There was a thread a few months back that talked about 5ths tuning on BG.