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Drop C “flippity Flop”

Discussion in 'Tablature and Notation [BG]' started by Jmcconn12345, Jan 21, 2020.

  1. Jmcconn12345


    Jan 13, 2018
    Hello all,

    Out of all the bands and music I love learning , Mastodon and I have a love hate relationship:/

    All there songs are dropped down at least to C some are as low as A even ...on guitar it wasn’t too bad , but during my bass relearn of playing , the floppy strings suck,even with saddle raises ...wish I would of not traded in the “Digitech Drop” ‍♂️

    my question for group is:

    any one else have this problem, where you love a band but, hate playing their stuff due to tubings?
  2. @Jmcconn12345

    I'm kinda green here on TB, and was just poking around and found this unanswered post.

    Let me start by saying, I am a massive King's X fan, ever since Dogman. I've played guitar since '77, but mainly bass for a couple years (very personal reasons). I am very familiar with drop and sub dropped tunings, in order to play along with my favorite band.
    I've read about the Digitech Drop pedal in a couple threads, and thought it would be the perfect answer to my dilemma.
    So I got one.
    IMO, it's (almost) good for one half step drop with a bass, didn't like it. It's much better with a guitar.
    So for now, I'm sticking with having several basses, all tuned in descending drops.
    I've been using DR DDTs, in increased gauges, with .020" difference between string 1&2, and 2&3, but .025" difference between 3&4, just as a compromise for the (occasional) extra slack on the bottom string when dropped.
    I would need a spreadsheet to show all of this, but suffice to say I have every gauge in use (minus one or two) from .040" to .125". Yeah, maybe a little zany, but oh well, LOL!
    I've got a standard tuned, that I also drop to D occasionally, 40-105
    One flat tuned, occasionally dropped to Db, 45-110
    One drop C, very rarely D standard, 50-110
    One drop B, always, 55-125
    One in BEAD, occasionally dropped to A, 65-125,
    but that low A should probably have a 130 or bigger.
    To answer your query, I've been using bigger strings for the drops.
    Also following the technique of increasing neck relief if rattling below fret 6, and lessening relief and raising saddle if rattling above fret 6. It's the closest I've gotten to success of anti flapitosis.

    Or, maybe play gently...........(That's not gonna happen in my shed, HaHaHA!!!)
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2020
  3. Mata Leao

    Mata Leao

    Dec 21, 2017
    You can try the 4 low strings of a 5 string set, assuming you're playing a 4 string as the gods intended.

    My band plays some drop C# so I use thicker gauge strings.
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