C Standard + drop A# 5 string tuning options

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by psychogrande, Mar 10, 2017.

  1. psychogrande


    Dec 20, 2016
    I can't choose how to tune my bass to play with my band.
    We play in C standard and drop A#
    My band member tell me, that i can tune it C F A# D# G# And for drop: A# F A# D# G#.
    Also i can tune it to G C F A# D#. Are there more options?
  2. Korladis

    Korladis Inactive

    Tune to A# standard.
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  3. Omega Monkey

    Omega Monkey Suspended

    Mar 8, 2015
    Why on earth would you use such a pointless tuning? A 5 string is already tuned to B and baritone or 7 string guitars are as well. No special setups required, no lighter strings, no thinking required. Unless you're playing cello repertoire (or actually with a cellist), I don't see the point.
  4. Will_White


    Jul 1, 2011
    Salem, OR
    Yeah just play in A# standard, you don't want to have to constantly be fretting that A# for most "drop tuned" songs.
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  5. turf3


    Sep 26, 2011
    Well, let's see. If there are 5 strings, and if each string can reasonably be tuned to any of 5 pitches (before it either gets uselessly floppy, or so tight it warps the neck), then that would be 5^5 options or 3125 possible tuning combinations. So, the answer is yes, there are other options. Try 'em all!

    Or, alternately, just pick one (like the standard one - hey, what a concept!), and get back in the shed and learn the tunes.
  6. njones89


    Mar 27, 2015
    Sioux Falls
    If your band is playing C standard and dropping to A# occasionally, it would probably be best to do C standard and get a hipshot detuner for A#. How's your bass set up right now? If you're tuned for BEADG, A# standard would be better because it won't affect the intonation or have as much tension on the neck as C standard would. FWIW tuning the 5th string down to G is not a good idea unless you have a bass with fanned frets and a longer scale length for the low string. That said, I wouldn't go below A/A#.

    All details aside, the tuning doesn't really matter as long as you can hit the notes.
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2017
  7. crguti


    Feb 14, 2011
    I'm about to setup a 5 stings bass in Drop A# (A# - F - A# - D# - G#).

    What string gauge are you using?
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