1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

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 Banned 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.