High C

Discussion in 'Ask Steve Lawson & Michael Manring' started by VicFan1, Aug 1, 2000.

  1. VicFan1


    Jul 9, 2000
    i know it has been discussed that dropping tunings is harmless to the instrument. but would it be dangerous if i bought a normal five string (BEADG)and tuned it EADGC?
    would i hafta make other adjustments to make it work?

    thanks for the help,
  2. Steve Lawson

    Steve Lawson Solo Bass Exploration! Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2000
    Birmingham, UK

    hi C tuning is fine - though don't try and use a normal 5 string set! You can either get a high C set, or a four string set with the thin one off a six string set...

    The only possible problems will be with the strings moving about in the nut slots which which will be cut for the thicker strings, but I've not actually met anyone who's struggled with this.

    There are quite a few very fine bassists who tune like this - the most famous I guess is Steve Swallow, and Tony Levin does a fair bit of it on his latest (and fabulous) solo album 'The Waters Of Eden'...


    Steve www.steve-lawson.co.uk
  3. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    Clinician: EA, Zon, Boomerang, TI. Author "The Art of Solo Bass"
    Sorry to interrupt, I would also recommend a truss rod adjustment tocompensate for the different tension on the neck. Another high C player is Matt Garrison