"Dropped" Strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Melf, Aug 21, 2003.

  1. Melf


    Mar 20, 2003
    Starkville, MS
    Are there any manufacturers that make strings dropped one or two steps down from conventional tuning? E.g. a D or C instead of an E and so on...
  2. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    I don't belive, I think their are just gauges of strings. Might be a nifty idea though.
  3. redneck2wild


    Nov 27, 2002
    Memphis, TN
    Rotosound has the RS 66LE set (50, 70, 85, 110) which should work for detuning a whole step.
    Rotosound also makes the RS 66LH set (65, 80, 105, 130) which I think is designed for BEAD tuning. These could probably be used for CFBbEb tuning as it is only a half step higher.

    Dean Markely's XM set (050, 070, 090, 110) should also work for detuning a whole setp.

    Snarling Dogs had a set (that I don't think they make anymore) that had a .115 E called Hell Billys.

    You could always buy individual strings and make your own custom set. www.juststrings.com sells individual Bass strings.

    For tuning down 2 whole steps, you would probably be better off buying a 5 string set and just not use the High G string. BEAD is 2.5 whole steps down from EADG. A light or medium-light gage 5 string set might work well.
  4. Melf


    Mar 20, 2003
    Starkville, MS
    Thank you redneck:)
  5. I tune drop A and usually use a 130-135 for the low A and a 105-110 for the low D, if that helps any.
  6. As long as your bass is set up right it really should matter much which strings you use. Although I wouldn't recomend using really light strings. I go with mediums and have no issues.