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Drop C# Tuning in 4string

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by janmichaeltorio, Mar 30, 2015.


  1. What is the advisable gauge for drop C# tuning? :D
     
  2. My band downtunes to C# or Bb - I'd recommend at least a .110 gauge fourth string for C#, heavier if possible.

    I used to use a 110-90-70-50 set but the fourth string was still lacking a little tension, so have now found a slightly heavier set with a 120 fourth string.

    I know a couple of guys who downtune the same as me have taken to buying 5-string sets and ditching the highest string. A lot of manufacturers don't produce 4-string sets with anything over a .105!
     
  3. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    Heaviest strings possible IME or buy a 5er.
     
  4. .110s a little loose for drop c#?? Or should i buy .115 or .120?
     
  5. 5er is so expensive! (For me haha) :D gonna try dr ddt
     
  6. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    That or something like .050 to .110 from most manufacturers should work fine.

    I used to tune 1.5 steps down for a few songs every gig due to my singer not being able to do a few songs as recorded in E. Open E is a bit floppy but fine in the mix IME.
     
  7. What brand of strings do you use??
     
  8. For Drop C# (C# G# C# F#) I would say 115-85-65-45. However, I don't think there are many 115s lying around...
     
  9. srvmojo

    srvmojo

    Aug 30, 2011
    Denver
    GHS Heavy Boomers have a 115 E strings
     
  10. Orskeezio

    Orskeezio

    Oct 23, 2011
    Rome, NY
    I use a 5 string bass tuned UP to a "Drop C"! I use EB Super slinky .040 .060 .075 .095 .125. Works amazingly well.
     
  11. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    That was a few years ago, but pretty sure they were Ernie Ball Slinkies.
     
  12. AdamR

    AdamR

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    Standard B tuning doesnt work well for drop C.
     
  13. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    Tunng up a semitone on a 5er or full step on for C# has worked for me and obviously that is what I was referring to.
     
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