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Downtuned DB?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by Fuling, Jan 15, 2005.

  1. Fuling


    Jan 15, 2005

    My name is Daniel, I´m 25, I live in Sweden and I´m new on this forum.
    I haven´t even got a doublebass yet, but I will on Monday if things goes as planned.

    For now I play fretless bassguitar in a metal band ( but I have plans to try the DB in the band :bassist:

    The problem is that our instruments are tuned down to D or even C# instead of E. Is it possible/ a good idea to tune down a DB that much?
    If anyone has tried this, please let me know!

    Stay tuned!
  2. Francois Blais

    Francois Blais Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Québec, Canada
    Some DB strings are available in thick gauge so you could lower the tuning a whole step with too much tension loss.
    A low C# is available in some brands. It's a solo-tuning fifth string, with the low B being orchestra-tuning.
    Orchestra tuning = B E A D G and you can get a high c.
    Solo-tuning = C# F# B E A
    Solo-tuning strings are thinner than orchestra-tuning so they can be tuned a whole step higher.
  3. Fuling


    Jan 15, 2005
    Thanks for the replies!


    I have pretty much the same gut feeling, but I also feel that it´s worth a try!
    By the way I´m not buying the bass specifically to play with this metal band, I (try to) play a lot of other kinds of music too.

    Maybe I can convince the guitarplayer to tune back to E or at least D#, that should make things easier I think.