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Has anyone ever bought a 5-string set for their 4 string...

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by addylewis, Jan 19, 2006.

  1. ...and used the THICKEST 4? (i.e a B string for the E, an E string for the A...blah blah...) - would that be possible without breaking them?
  2. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    Search for "BEAG". There are many, many threads on the matter.

    You can do it, you just end up tuning like the bottom four strings of a fiver.

    I would NOT advise using the BEAG strings and actually tuning them EADG. That would pretty pretty hard on the neck.
  3. right - sorted then, I won't bother trying (I don't wanna knacker owt up) - cheers for the advice dude!
  4. Kronos


    Dec 28, 2005
    Philadelphia, PA
    Also, be careful that you don't crack the nut with the thicker strings. I did this once.
  5. Typo... it should be BEAD
  6. Razor


    Sep 22, 2002
    Yep...used to do this a lot with a previous band. Really helps when you're used to a 4 banger and need more lower range.

    And for tunings like dropped C (CGCF) you can get a 5 string set, toss out the E string, and use the BADG strings. Makes it easier for the tuning IMHO.