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D-Tuner for a 5 string?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by BruceBass3901, Sep 14, 2010.


  1. I am considering putting a D-Tuner on the E string of a 5 string bass I am building (to be tuned BEADG). The neck I am using is a Fender Precision style, so are there any D-tuners that will fit on the headstock alongside the other 4 tuners? BTW, the headstock uses a 4 + 1 arrangment.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Cheers
     
  2. Brubass

    Brubass

    Jul 17, 2009
    Ridgefield, CT
    Interesting concept... No criticism intended, but why do you want a D-Tuner on a 5 string that can already reach the low D on the B string?
     
  3. loend68

    loend68 Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2008
    NH
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses, T.C. Electronics
    I think if there's enough spacing between tuners you can do it. I think Hipshot will modify the lever so it will go past the B-tuner. I'm planning to do this on my Peavey...

    Brubass~ it's been beaten to death around here, but it gives you the option of playing alot of the songs written with a D-tuner (RATM, Velvet Revolver, etc) with riffs that ride the open D....
     
  4. Brubass

    Brubass

    Jul 17, 2009
    Ridgefield, CT
    Ah - learn something new every day - thanks!
     
  5. Really, I just want the option of being able to flick the switch and hit the D rather than transpose everything ... it would make tuning even easier :p
     
  6. mech

    mech

    Jun 20, 2008
    Meridian, MS, USA
    Don't leave out Pink Floyd's "Brick In the Wall" It's the first tune I remember that had the drop D.

    To the OP. It can probably be done. I'd get in touch with Hipshot to ask since this is getting more common. I have D-Tuners on two Peavey TL-5s that I modified myself. Don't know what it would take on a Fender but it couldn't be that difficult.

    D-tunerPanorama.jpg

    mech
     
  7. loend68

    loend68 Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2008
    NH
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses, T.C. Electronics
    How did you modify it? Just bend the lever out a little? I'd be putting on on a Millenium 5'er....so same spacing on the tuners.
     
  8. Bijoux

    Bijoux

    Aug 13, 2001
    Denver-CO-USA
    ah! you have a D-tuner on the E string!!!????!???!!?!??
    why not on the B string?
    ah! I kNow! because that would be an A-tuner! :bag:
     
  9. mech

    mech

    Jun 20, 2008
    Meridian, MS, USA
    Bijoux...cute. :)

    Front of the lever was filed off (smoothed/polished) so it would miss the B tuner. The tuning screw had to be shortened a taste to get a little finger room and it's spring shortened to keep it from stacking up. Wasn't difficult, just did a lot of eye-balling and some measurements.

    PM me if you're interested and I'll give you a more detailed version.

    mech
     
  10. shawn-o

    shawn-o

    Jan 29, 2007
    Winnipeg, MB
    Its do-able.I have shallers on my modded squire5 with nordy's.

    I have it set to be tuned D-E-A-D-G. I use the detuner to drop it down to a low B for one song. We play afew songs that ride the drop D, so ive found it pretty useful imo.

    headstock.gif


    ... I guess I could have just had it on the E string like posted above, but it wouldnt have fit with the large plate/ detuner lever right there. I purchased the tuners through tb and got a pretty decent deal so no complaints over here!
     
  11. mech

    mech

    Jun 20, 2008
    Meridian, MS, USA
    Just eyeballing it, you're right, it would never fit.

    mech
     
  12. Judging from @Shawn-o's Jazz, I don't reckon I will be able to achieve it =/
     
  13. mech

    mech

    Jun 20, 2008
    Meridian, MS, USA
    Take a measurement from the center of the gear screw to the edge of the mounting plate for the A tuner. Hipshot has so many styles I'll bet a six-pack they'll have one that'll fit. May take new screw holes.

    Be sure and know the post diameter you need, too.
     
  14. PM sent
    had a problem here, maybe you can help
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  15. mech

    mech

    Jun 20, 2008
    Meridian, MS, USA
    I don't think this will work unless the lever on the E tuner is bent and I have not been able to bend one without it breaking. Even if the front of the paddle of the E tuner lever is filed off it looks like the lever will still hit the B tuner gear box. This would be caused by the extra thickness of the mounting plate that is required for the drop tuner to work.

    Do you know a metal worker who could make one that would be the right shape?

    mech
     
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