E string as the B ?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Jimmen, Feb 15, 2001.

  1. Jimmen


    Aug 16, 2000
    Sweden, Kiruna

    For a six stringer.

    Does using heavy gauge and then using the E string as the B string, A string as E string.. etc and then two other smaller strings for the G and C work ?
    Does it hurt the bass or anything ?

    Like this:

    B - E .110
    E - A .???
    A - D .???
    D - G .050
    G - G .040
    C - C .025

    Possible, yes, but usable and good ?

  2. No,

    The strings would be too loose to be usable, and there would not be enough tension on the neck to eliminate the backbow, unless the truss rod was adjusted accordingly. (not recommended)

    Any particular reason you would even want to do this?
  3. .120 is about the minimum thickness for a Bstring, anything lee would be too floppy.
  4. I'd say get a B-string. If you tune the E down, it'll be incredibly floppy and sound sloppy. Like that rhyme?