How are 6 and higher number string basses tuned?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JimS, Jun 13, 2002.

  1. It wasn't in the FAQ and I've never played one. Is the low 6th string F# or do you tune the high 6th string to B or C, etc?

    And for those playing basses with 7 and more strings, do you tune the low 7th string to a frequency of a few Hz ...? ;)
  2. 6 strings are tuned BEADGC in standard. I think 7 strings are tuned F#BEADGC, but I'll let the more experienced 7 stringers take over on that one. If I'm not mistaken, that is how JT tunes his 7s, but I could very well be wrong.
  3. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    That is JT's tuning, I believe. I tune mine BEADGCF. I prefer to stay in 4ths.
  4. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    my original, main tuning is b-e-a-d-g-b-e, but i also use f#-b-e-a-d-g-c a lot and my 8's are tuned f#-b-e-a-d-g-b-e. i also have a 7 tuned e-a-d-g-c-e-a that i noodle around on for classical stuff.