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good bass for detuning down to a C??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassman60, Feb 27, 2004.

  1. bassman60


    Jun 5, 2001
    Hey guys I'm looking for a good bass that would sound good tuned down to a C, four string preferably. Any suggestions?
  2. LowEndLobster

    LowEndLobster Bass reviewer and youtube dude guy. Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 29, 2003
    Northern MA
    Alder Sub Contra :p.. Have fun.
  3. knuckle_head

    knuckle_head Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2002
    Owner; Knuckle Guitar Works & Circle K Strings
    Which C?
  4. Droog


    Aug 14, 2003
    Hi-C. Mmmm orange flavored goodness. JK.

    I think if you just get yourself a good bass and take to a luthier he/she should be able to set it up for whatever you want. My luthier took a crappy Epi Les Paul and set it up to tune to C and it sound great.
  5. sambass


    Apr 15, 2003
    i reccommend a 5 string
  6. 35inch scale, heavy heavy strings.
  7. PhatBasstard

    PhatBasstard Spector Dissector

    Feb 3, 2002
    Las Vegas, NV.
    A company called "Overwater" actually makes/made a bass called the "C-Bass". It's a 36" scale 4 string meant to be tuned C, F, Bb, Eb.
  8. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Get a 4 string, any one you like. String it with lighter gauge BEAD strings (.120, .100, .85, .65 or some such) and tune BEAD up a half step (Which is EADG down two full steps). The resulting tension is about the same as regular EADG, so a truss rod adjustment might not even be nessicary.

    Having spent long hours detuned, and long hours tuned up a half step, I'm one to go with the tuning up half a step.
  9. PhatBasstard

    PhatBasstard Spector Dissector

    Feb 3, 2002
    Las Vegas, NV.
    Beware. Many a (normal) 4 string nut will not accommodate this increased string gauge (slots too narrow) and may crack.
  10. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Which is why a Dremel tool is your friend. The one I use actually has four different gauged sanding heads that are, conviently, pretty much the same gauge as a .130-.56 BEAD set of strings.

    I's also reccomend and open-channel brige, so that gauge isn't an issue (it can be with the standard Fender style bridge that has holes to feed the strings through, not open channels, like ABM, Hipshot, and others).
  11. BigTopBruno


    Sep 6, 2002
    NJ, USA
    I agree with Brendan.

    My P-bass needed no adjmnt (even nut) going BEAD with light strings. Up a half step would be easy.

  12. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Stingray's have a nice growl when you tune them low. I used to keep mine BEAD, and I used light gauge strings, threw all my G strings in a pile and it growled like a mofo.

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