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Drop C Jazzbass V low string problem

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by sem_, Dec 2, 2019.

  1. It would help people help you better if you could fill in the field for "location" in your profiles.
  2. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2005
    san antonio, texas
    maybe, just...maybe...you got a bum string...?
  3. mattj1stc

    mattj1stc Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2009
    Dallas, TX USA
    FWIW, I use a .150 Kalium string on my 35 inch scale 5 string Lakland tuned to low B. In my experience, most B or C tunings require significantly thicker than the standard sizes usually offered
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  4. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    We're just talking about this in another thread actually. I've used 130 or 132 in Drop C before. It's not crazy.
    Just because "typcial" string sets offer a 120 or 125 or 130 low B doesn't mean that it's appropriate or balanced or anything like that. If it doesn't work for you, it doesn't work.

    You could also try a different brand or type of string that might offer higher stiffness than whatever you're using now.
  5. Are you saying you don’t get any sound? Or are you playing but the feel is very loose. I’ve played low C with a 120 and a 105. it is not an ideal feel, but the intended tone is achieved. I mean you can’t wail or hit the open C in peddling mode because it is too floppy. My use of open play is very limited, I’m mostly using frets which gives a tighter feel.
  6. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    IME the primary reason for detuning to something like drop-C is specifically so you can ride/pedal the open low note.
  7. sem_


    Dec 2, 2019
    Just dropping in with an update - I bought the 145 gauge string, and it feels and sounds much better. Thanks for your help!
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