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I want to use 6 string bass' strings on 4 string.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Negative1, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. Negative1


    Aug 8, 2012
    Hello everyone, I am playing in math rock band and we are a duo, I have a sire V7 4 string bass and I wanted to try using the A D G C strings on my 4 string but tune them to E A D G, in order to get more high frequencies. Is it possible? Has anyone tried it? Do I have to careful about anything particular when I try it?
  2. And I

    And I Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    Witchtown, MA
    no, you won't get more high frequencies, the strings would just be floppy. they won't have enough tension if you tune them down that much. get steel strings if you want more high end. check out the Strings forum here too.
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  3. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    "More High Frequencies" is really non-specific
    If you want more crispness and top-end harmonic definition in the upper ranges of your bass sound's harmonic structure, use a standard string set - Id suggest roundwounds but some pressurewounds and even Brite Flats can do it - and keep them as new/fresh as possible. This can be done by boiling them a few times as well.
  4. sikamikanico

    sikamikanico Supporting Member

    Mar 17, 2004
    Sound like you want piccolo bass strings?
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  5. el jeffe bass

    el jeffe bass

    Nov 22, 2013
    New Mexico
    Isn't there a formula for the best strings for math rock?
  6. Negative1


    Aug 8, 2012
    Can you use piccolo bass strings on a regular bass?
  7. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    You can use piccolo strings on a regular scale bass (as long as you buy piccolo strings for a regular scale bass), but then you are into guitar tuning territory (as in, a regular bass above the 12th fret), is that what you are looking for?
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  8. Negative1


    Aug 8, 2012
  9. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    Then go for it :thumbsup:

    (You may need a new nut).
  10. Negative1


    Aug 8, 2012
    Yeah! Okay great! Thanks for the help! :)
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  11. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    yes.....conversely, you can just use the octave set in an 8-string bass set if you cant find a piccolo bass set
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  12. sikamikanico

    sikamikanico Supporting Member

    Mar 17, 2004
  13. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    Kalium has bass strings in all sorts of gauges, and a tension chart so you can get the right strings for your desired tuning.
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2018
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  14. red_rhino

    red_rhino Gold Supporting Member

    I suppose you could also use an octaver pedal to add in the lower range when desired, or any number of pedals intended to work for guitar.

    Check this out: Piccolo Strings on a normal bass?
  15. Greyvagabond

    Greyvagabond Supporting Member

    Aug 17, 2007
    Los Angeles
    This is what you want really: a Bass VI. 6 strings tuned to bass guitar frequency, but with narrow-gauge strings and a short scale. It was used a lot by Robert Smith on the Cure records, and sounds awesome with effects, especially chorus and distortion. e055b22bb0bcd34c877f2c58739c66f3-1200-80.
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  16. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    OH NO!
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  17. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    im sure someone else said this..

    take your current EADG bass and loosen to B E A D. how do like that? not much, i bet. same thing will happen with what you propose.

    try it, some people like really odd stuff. but i'd be shocked if someone tried than and really wanted to stick with it afterwards.
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  18. zoonose


    Apr 4, 2005
    Alexandria, LA
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  19. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    The OP is basically asking, "What are the best strings for octave-up EADG tuning?"

    @sikamikanico had the best suggestion (D'Addario Piccolo Bass strings) in my opinion.

    Another thought is to use the ADGC strings (from a 6 string set) and use a capo at the 7th fret.
  20. Now, THAT is genuinely funny. :laugh:
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