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Detune E string to C#

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by moja music, Oct 31, 2005.

  1. moja music

    moja music

    Oct 27, 2005
    I play a 4 string G&L L2000 series. I detune it to record, but I am thinking about getting a 5 string. Is there an advantage either way?
  2. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    If you buy a five string, your lowest string won't be flopping in the breeze. That's one advantage I can think of. :D
  3. You can detune your E down to a C# if you use a .120 string. Tuning it up to E might feel a little tighter than you are used to, but when you drop tune down a minor 3rd, it will respond well.


  4. Oh, that C#. I thought you meant the one an octave below it. :D It should be playable, but expect a different tone. I'd probably tune my other strings down a minor third as well to keep the tone even.
  5. moja music

    moja music

    Oct 27, 2005
    Is it possible to put "5 string" strings (the lower 4) on a 4 string bass? This seems like it might solve my problem
  6. WillBuckingham


    Mar 30, 2005
    Check the "strings" forum, there's a thread on this topic.
  7. slapcracklepop


    Jun 28, 2005
    Boston, MA
    Yeah, you can tune your four-string bass to BEAD using a 5-string set