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How are 6 and higher number string basses tuned?

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

  1. JimS

    JimS Supporting Member

    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. I tune my sixes BEADGB.
  5. john turner

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

    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.

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