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drop d tuning MIM precision

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by thesloppyjuan, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. thesloppyjuan


    Mar 30, 2013
    I have an '03 MIM precision that is my main bass for gigs and practice. The band I play with usually tunes to drop d and when doing this i've noticed when I play the last string which is droped to D it feels really loose and just doesn't sound as good as oppose to my other bass.

    I've had this bass for ten years and bought it new but I would like to get it looked at by tech just because I never have before. Any feedback would be appreciated.
  2. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Get a heavier E (D) string.
  3. It's feels looser because you're dropping the tension on it to get it down to D so it will flop around a bit more than a string tuned to E. There's really nothing a tech can do about it. Youo could also try using a heavier gauge E string which will hold more tension when you drop to D.

    ...or you can install a drop D tuner (Hipshot) that allows you to drop to D just by moving a small lever on the tuner and then go back up to E for the next song w/o ever having to retune. I have these installed on several basses. Very cool if you move between E and D often.
  4. FourBanger


    Sep 2, 2012
    SE Como
    Definately just need a heavier E/Low D string. You can order a custom set from basssteingsonline.com from many different makes and models. Personally I suggest a .110 for dropped D because it works well for both standard E and the low D, ergo my ideal set so far when needing to play both on one bass has been 45-65-85-110.

    Dunlop also has a new Heavy Core string set with different string core/wrap comstruction than your average string. Their 45-105 Heavy Core set is advertised as being good for dropped D. I have not played them so I can't comment on how much the larger core decreases the floppiness of the .105 low E string when downtuned to D.

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