Change 5 string from (B-E-A-D-G) tune to (E-A-D-G-C)

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by garairobert, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. garairobert


    Feb 5, 2014
    I have a 5 string bass. I'm using it with standard H-E-A-D-G tuning. But now for recording I really need that high C string.

    What If I replace the H (low) string to a C (high), to get the E-A-D-G-C tuning. I would replace separately, string to string, to avoid the huge presser difference.

    Will the neck be damaged a lot?

    Thanks forward! :)
  2. bgressman82


    Mar 5, 2009
    it won't damage your neck at all.
  3. This. But you may want to consider doing/having done a full setup, because you may see considerable difference in action and intonation.
  4. I always knew H was a note, just don't hear many people talk about it these days.
  5. bgressman82


    Mar 5, 2009
    shhhhh..... first rule of the H note, don't talk about the H note.
    SanDiegoHarry likes this.
  6. Whats rule number two?
  7. bgressman82


    Mar 5, 2009
    rule number 2, NEVER tell the guitarist about the H note.
  8. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    No, it will not damage the neck.
    I do it on one bass all the time.
    The only issue is the nut slots, but going from Low B to E is OK.
    You may have some slop in the nut size but my Low B bass has no
    issues with a E in it.
  9. Bass Baron

    Bass Baron

    Jun 26, 2012
    Hey i'm going to change my 5 string from B-G to E-C soon and the bass is an Mtd Kingston Z5 and it uses the zero fret so it doesn't really have a nut, so what do you think how's the change is going to affect it?
  10. .BumeStik.


    Jul 15, 2012
    Gilbert, AZ
    I made a Guitarist poop his pants once, with the H Note..... :bassist:
  11. raventepes


    Jan 7, 2012
    Reno, NV
    Since we're on the subject, Any idea how it would translate to an ABG? Granted, I fully realise that I'd have to get it set up properly, but there's only so much you can change on an ABG.

    Currently, I use a 4-string, but wouldn't mind getting a 5-string so I can use high C, rather than a B that nobody can hear, including the player, to begin with.
  12. derg

    derg Supporting Member

    May 26, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    My 5 string is E-C with a Hipshot detuner on the E to give me down to a D when needed.
  13. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2014
    San Diego, CA
    I just did this on my Zon (just for giggles) - no problems whatsoever.
  14. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    The B-String is over rated.

    I changed ALL of my 5-string basses to E - C. I have never looked back.

    I did at some point have new nuts made, and set ups done.

    I have a Moog T-3 for the ever-so-occasionally "required" lower pitches - which will BLOW AWAY ANY low B-string (even the bogus 35/36" jobs).
    Bass Baron likes this.