Cheapish 4 string for C or B tuning?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fuersty, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. fuersty


    Jun 18, 2013
    Hey all,

    I'm interested in picking up a cheaper 4 string to have tuned down to C and occasionally B.

    Any recommendations for a cheaper bass that would handle thicker strings? I've got a set of Heavy D'Addario's (55/75/90/110) but maybe I'll want thicker?

    I've heard Thunderbirds generally accept thicker string well?

    I prefer passive basses, looking under $400?

  2. Thrash3r


    Aug 5, 2013
    I've had a Squier VM P & VM J tuned BEAD, both sounded good but I'd want the lower strings to be heavier than that, for BEAD I use 60,80,100,125.
  3. BKBassDude


    Jun 17, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I run a Sterling by MusicMan S.U.B. bass in C standard for my band.
    It's active but not a super crazy preamp and very easy to simply set flat. It takes the tuning very well with Ernie Ball Cobalt Regular Slinkys. There is some string buzz and rattle, but I consider it part of the tone of the genre and the tension doesn't feel floppy to me.