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"Dropped" Strings

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


  1. Melf

    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

    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

    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.